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Pipe clayed belts

Postby WillieB » 09 Jun 2016 19:11

I believe the original colour of the cross-belts was buff of light brown but that they were pipe-clayed white?
If this was the same stuff we used for 'whitening' our gaiters for parade it wears off within a few days or weeks depending on the weather.
Would it be safe to assume that the mutinous sepoys wouldn't keep whitening their belts; and that they would gradually return to a -perhaps patched-buff/ light brown shade?
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Re: Pipe clayed belts

Postby jf42 » 09 Jun 2016 21:22

Possibly, but I believe the pipeclaying and heel balling (don't forget the cartouche box) was also to treat the leather and stop it stiffening as a result of exposure to the elements. Whether that perspective was lost in all the fun is a fair question.
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Re: Pipe clayed belts

Postby mike snook » 09 Jun 2016 22:07

The 'native officers' were old soldiers and did their best to hold their outfits together - but of course it is in the nature of mutiny that discipline falls apart eventually. It is only a matter of time. I should have thought they would have tried to keep to a normal military routine for as long as possible, including inspections and so on, but of course they would have met with varying degrees of success over varying time scales. I don't think there is a correct 'answer' to this Willie.

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Re: Pipe clayed belts

Postby WillieB » 09 Jun 2016 23:49

Makes good sense.
The majority of my mutineers in native dress will have a green-brownish cast to their clothes; shaded with greenish umber and highlighted with white to which a tinge of blue is added.
The basic mixture of this off white is burnt umber, mixed with Yellow ochre and Chrome green, to which I add pure titanium white.
Th resulting mix is a light duck egg green which can easily be manipulated by adding one of the base colours.

Of course if I was to add a little more Yellow ochre into the mix this might subtly contrast somewhat with the other whites.
Going to try it out and will you let you know the results.
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