Purple Salt?

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bullbriar

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I bought a couple estate pipes today at a local antique shop. I reamed them, buffed them, and sterilized the bits. The final step was to perform the salt and alcohol treatment to the bowls and shanks/stem. After several hours everything looked OK, then the salt in one of the pipe's shanks/stem turned purple, not brown! I cleaned the salt out of that shank, put in fresh salt, and again purple!

Any ideas? The other pipe looks normal.

 

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petes03

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Hmm, that's different! I have no idea what would cause that. Good luck figuring that one out! I don't think I'd smoke it until I new for sure it was safe.

 

pruss

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Hey bullbriar, thanks for posting this. I know I've seen pictures of this somewhere else... either in another thread here, or on the Reborn Pipes blog. Definitely purple leaching into the salt during S&A. It's been so long that I can't remember the punchline... whether it was dye from the lip/inside the bowl or just a noxious ghost. If I can find it, I'll post a link, but both the 'Repairs' section here and the aforementioned blog are worth a scan.
Let us know how this works out will you?
-- Pat

 

bullbriar

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Roth,

That was my first though, but the briar is a honey color...it doesn't appear to have been stained.

 
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