50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #1: Project 3 - I'm dyeing here!

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 01-22-2019 02:46 PM 557 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last year, I bought some Artisan dyes to play with. I like the surprise, random figure I sometimes get with maple segmented pieces, and thought dye would be a great way to have some fun and accentuate the figure. This bowl was intended as a test piece for dyeing, using a tenon vs. a mortise for the chuck, and to tryout a new finish. I pulled out a plan I used to teach my sister segmented turning (she was a natural!), and the piecing and turning went quickly.

The interior transition from the curved side to the flat bottom remains problematic for me; it seems like every combination of tool, tool rest placement and technique results in catching and tearing out at that transition.

I sanded to 400 and applied the dye with a cotton rag. That was eye-opening; every tiny gap between segments and every tiny chipout on the ends of segments that I thought I had sanded out stood out in stark contrast to the blue. I had a lot touching up with drops of dye. I rubbed it out with 0000 steel wool, and then applied General Woodturners Finish. I wiped the finish on and took a pass with 0000 steel wool between coats. I like the glossy finish of this product vs. the Shellawax finish I usually use. I need to experiment more to get a deeper gloss.

Turning the base, using a rubber pad on the chuck as a jamb chuck was finicky. I had issues with catching and un-centering the bowl until I got the tool rest height and tool presentation just right.

I am looking forward to more dyeing. Does anyone have tips for masking areas to prevent dye penetration? I would have liked to keep the interior natural, but didn’t think about it until I already had dye smeared past the rim.

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