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| MANUFACTURERS, MECHANICS, AND SCIENTIFIC
E. & F. N. SPON, 16, CHARING CROSS,
Workshop Eeceipts was compiled to effect three purposes; to serve as a note-book for the small manufacturer; to supply the intelligent workman with information required to conduct a process, foreign perhaps to his habitual labour, but which it is necessary to practise at the time; and impart to the scientific amateur a knowledge of many processes in the arts, trades, and manufactures, which will, it is hoped, render his pursuits tho more instructive and remunerating.
The novice would do well to remember that it is the individual c\ skill of the workman in performing many apparently simplo cG operations which renders those operations successful, and that C this skill is only obtained from long practice or natural ability. U A pre-eminently superior manipulator resembles a poet in that ^ he is 'born, not made;' when therefore a receipt is tried for § the first time and is not thoroughly successful, the experimentalist should consider how far his own inexperience has contributed to the failure ere he condemns the receipt.
Eeceipts peculiarly useful to Mechanical Draughtsmen are given at pages 1 to 9. Eeceipts for Alloys, Casting, and Founding, pp. 9 to 13; Bronzes and Bronzing, pp. 16 to 21; Cements, pp. 22 to 25; Dyeing, pp. 30 to 40; Glass-cutting, twisting, drilling, darkening, bending, staining, and painting, pp. 55 to 60; Pottery and Porcelain, pp. 42 to 52; Glass, pp. 53 to 60; Varnishes, Japans, and Polishes, pp. 60 to 88; Pigments, and Painting in Oils, in Water Colours, as well as Fresco, House, Transparency, Sign, and Carriage Painting, pp. 89 to 116; Lathing and Plastering, pp. 120 to 123; Paperhanging, pp. 118, 119; Firework Making, pp. 125 to 146, Engraving and Etching, pp. 146 to 170; Electro-Metallurgy, including Cleaning, Dipping, Scratchbrushing, Batteries, Baths,