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Old 11-11-2021, 07:18 PM
John Ziebart John Ziebart is offline
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Default Fluting Iron

I have a Fluting Iron and would like to "blacken" it like my seasoned skillets,the question is the base and handle are cast but the "ribbed" lettered parts are non magnetic (Aluminum?) would it be safe to oil & bake like all my other cast iron or would there be a problem trying with the "non" cast parts?
Pics look like everything is seasoned black but the "ribbed" parts are really gray aluminum not black like the base and handle
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Old 11-11-2021, 07:27 PM
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Might be a good candidate for using mineral oil, since it's not a culinary implement. See: http://www.castironcollector.com/seasoning.php#display I'd skip the 500 part.
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Old 11-11-2021, 11:23 PM
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my understanding is that the base is iron and the handle is iron but the ribbed parts are referred to as 'white metal'... some sort of soft alloy that has a melting point much lower than iron.
there's a wikipedia entry for 'white metal' that says it could be any combination in any proportions of the following metals:
A white metal alloy may include antimony, tin, lead, cadmium, bismuth, and zinc

and some places list a melting point of around 500 F.
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Old 11-13-2021, 05:11 PM
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Default Re: Fluting Iron

This is probably a dumb question, but what is it used for? I dont think I ever saw one before.
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Old 11-13-2021, 07:24 PM
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During the 1860s women and men alike wore garments with crimped, ruffled, or fluted hems which were sewn onto the garments after laundering. A fluting iron was used to create these dramatic looks by producing pleats on hemlines, cuffs, and so on. The launderer ironing the garment would heat the iron on a stove top for a couple of minutes, pick up the iron using a rag, insert the fabric to be pleated between the top and bottom of the iron, and then manually roll the top of the iron back and forth over the fabric.
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Old 11-15-2021, 04:50 AM
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Thanks for the info! I learn new stuff every day on here!
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