Prototypes #6: Is that your natural color?

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Blog entry by darryl posted 10-05-2009 05:03 AM 1513 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: To Dye For Part 6 of Prototypes series Part 7: the heart stopper »

well here it is, my first attempt at a dye job.

As you can see, the dying process mostly worked, but not 100%. I’m not really sure I like the color selection anyway, but it would have been better if each piece of dyed maple had dyed completely. I wonder now if using a pressure pot is the only way to ensure that each piece gets 100% color saturation… time and testing will tell I suppose.

here’s a detail shot of the piece.

Any feedback, suggestions & insights would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-05-2009 11:21 AM

Almost…I think you might be onto something with the pressure pot. I’m not so sure about using alcohol under pressure….be careful.

This stopper is still cool even though I think we had all imagined the stain different.

Nice work, Keep trying…


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#2 posted 10-05-2009 12:26 PM

There were recent posts about using a vacuum system to stabilize wood.
Your might try that, also. Put the wood in a container with the dye solution and that container inside a larger jar, such as a pickkle jar.
If it will work with absorbing acrylic it should work with a dye solution.

Just a thought.

I like to turn bottle stoppers so I’ve been following your posts.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 10-05-2009 09:36 PM

It isn’t too bad Darryl. I think what you are experimenting with is very interesting. I have a hard time getting exotics with different colors, so a good way to dye wood all the way through would be a great benefit to me. I hope you will keep us informed on this topic. Thanks very much for posting this blog. I liked the stopper by the way. Nice shape and nicely done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 10-06-2009 02:44 AM


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#5 posted 10-07-2009 02:42 AM

good start…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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