Using Natural Ochre Pigments for primitive weaponry projects:
Ochre is simply natural iron oxide. When raw and hydrated it is yellow in color. When oxidized or burned, it is red in color. Black powdered magnetite can also be used as a natural pigment and is used like ochre.
Thoroughly mix with water or dilute hide glue and apply to project. Add more water as needed.
Overall staining is best done with a water mix. Water mix simply applies the pigment to the surface of the workpiece but does not seal it or keep it there.
Painting or application meant to stay sharply detailed will require a binder or base of dilute hide glue, other glue, varnish or shellac. Crest marks and bands on arrows, shields, etc should be applied with a mix of ochre and hide glue.
A small amount of ochre should be added to your hide glue to give it a natural look.
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