Walnut tray - first experiment with analine dye

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Project by KnotCurser posted 04-27-2015 10:40 PM 1901 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a simple tray to store some bottles in, and I wanted to try some practice using analine dyes – here’s the result!

The colored part is baltic birch plywood, dyed with a coat of black then a few coats of blue – sanded between each coat. I was told later by a true master of the art that I should have used a MUCH darker mix of black to really pop the grain – better luck next time!

I had a piece of walnut left over from a larger project and thought it look good next to the blue, so I used it to make the sides of the tray.

Overall, it only measures 7×11 inches and is around 2 inches tall.

Multiple coats of lacquer completed the piece.

More practice needed, but not too shabby!



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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 04-27-2015 10:47 PM

Not too shabby, indeed! I think it is beautiful! I love the colors and the simplicity of the design really makes the wood and workmanship stand out. Just lovely! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 04-27-2015 10:56 PM

i never could get the “trifern” dye process to work. it muct be like you mention something to do with the black

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#3 posted 04-28-2015 02:27 AM

Looks good.

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#4 posted 04-28-2015 12:28 PM

Very cool

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Nathan H.

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#5 posted 04-28-2015 06:05 PM

Gorgeous tray! the ripple looks really 3d like water… amazing as it came from plywood!

i never could get the “trifern” dye process to work. it muct be like you mention something to do with the black

- Mike Gager

I do this with my curly maple pens. I just recently started using alcohol based dyes though and last night i made 2 key chains using alcohol based black and green dye for one and the same black but water based blue for the 2nd. Never seen the “trifern” method until i looked at your post but had watched some youtube vids about it and they all suggest a strong black base to pop the grain. What i discovered last night though was that i had been oversanding and didn’t get the pop i was able to get last night. last night I was being lazy and not polishing to high grit micro mesh and retained most of the color when i applied the finish it was amazing the colors i got. and the good quality friction polish i used didn’t need to be so highly sanded after all. It smoothed out very nice.

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#6 posted 04-29-2015 02:07 AM

Unique color this dye process has made. Nice work.

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