Hollow Form - Vase

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Project by TheDane posted 05-29-2014 04:59 PM 1142 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a hollow form turned from an as-yet-to-be-identified species.

It is about 7 1/2” tall and a little over 7 1/2” in diameter.

The color is all artificial … KEDA alcohol-based aniline dyes. I mixed clear shellac into the dye (about 1 part shellac for 15 parts dye), applied the color, fired it with a lighter, then knocked the piece back with 320 grit. I repeated the process with a different color, using brown, red, yellow, and brown again in that order. I sanded to 800-grit, and finished with 5 coats of wipe-on poly.

The use of shellac with the dye is something I learned from Jimmy Clewes. He says the shellac binds the color to the alcohol, which aids finishing process … with each coat of color the wood becomes more progressively sealed, therefore the later colors soak in less.

I included a couple of shots of the rough piece on the lathe before any color was applied … if anyone cares to hazard a guess as to the species, feel free! Sorry, I stripped the bark off before I had presence of mind to get the camera fired up.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 05:19 PM

Love the color you ended up with on this piece. I will have to keep the finishing method tucked away. Sounds like a great process.

I like the setup you have to do this work on your lathe. I hope to be able to do something like this someday my self. For now I am stuck with what ever my typ tools can cut.

Thanks for showing this nice Vase!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 07:12 PM

Looks wonderful, and with the grain still showing it couldn’t be better. Excellent work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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