Dyed Ash Hollow Form

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Project by TheDane posted 05-29-2014 05:50 PM 951 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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End-grain hollow form turned from a piece of Ash, finished with wipe-on poly.

The color is KEDA alcohol-based aniline dyes, mixed with a bit of clear shellac (about 1 part shellac for 15 parts dye). I 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 red, and yellow 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.

-- 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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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 05:53 PM

SWEET. Awesome job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 06:48 PM

Ok you have sold me I need to start really playing with the dye’s I have not just doing a solid color on the wood!
Great inspiration work you are making!

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

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