Two vases, one with a unusual finish and another of mystery wood. ideas anyone

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Project by bushmaster posted 05-17-2016 04:44 AM 2278 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The natural finish vase is the second one that I turned and the unusual colored one is the third. A friend gave me a four foot piece of a small tree trunk that he brought back from Manitoba. about 1500 miles away. He didn’t know what kind of wood it was, maybe some of you reconize it. there is a picture of the outside on my last post.
I wanted to try coloring the plain white birch that I have, inspired by some of the projects I have seen on this site.

I didn’t have any of the fancy dyes that others where using, so why not experiment, I have some TINTEX fabric dye and it says wood on the back as well as other things, so why not try. Tried some in alittle bit of water, not very dark so dump the whole package. Still not dark after swabbing it on for awhile, second thoughts now, to late to go back. Let it dry overnight and it looked more purple than blue.

Trying to put a finish on it was an equal disaster, tried various finishings, I wanted a built up finish so I could wet sand it to get it smooth.Tried some spray lacquer half way through not thinking and it started to dissolve what I had put on, then tried to brush on water base finish, got some runs but was able to wet sand it smooth. then i remembered I had some water base finish in a spray can, I was able to salvage it with that. Actually it looks better than the pictures, a nice soft blue. Looks Ok but will not try that again, don’t recommend you do either. It was worth a try and that how we learn, experiment. Educated guesses.

To support a hollow form for the last shaping and sanding I wanted to support the whole vase without the steady rest. I had this live center for the metal lathe for pipe but was to small for the hole in the vase so I made a cone that would mate with the live center out of wood.

It worked well and would recommend it to any one doing hollow forms. Harbor Freight or Grizzly would have them.

I still do not have hollowing tools, its a real effort to hollow these out with what I have, catches and stalls a 1 hp motor, but the steady rest holds well with the tapered sides of the arms. Lathe works and steady rest works, so ahead it that department.

Comments and recommendations appreciated.

PS I used the left over dye on my faded work jeans, it works better there.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 05-17-2016 06:09 AM

Everyone is unique on it’s own way. The first has realy interesting finish, you can’t figured the material it was made.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 05-17-2016 07:06 AM

Brian, the one looks like stone. It’s gorgeous. The other, also fabulous, is of a wood with which I’m unfamiliar (There’s a LJ in Winnipeg, who might know – I looked and looked for him, his LJs handle is “winnepegsomething. There are, otherwise, many wise people aboard, here, number of whom, I’m sure, will know.
As to coloring: I’ve done a few things, involving substances ranging from WOP/Acrylic Paint; Acrylic paint washes, topped with WOP; Food coloring/Casting Resin.
Some examples you’ve likely already seen:
(I’m really trying hard to find someplace where I explained, in detail, the process of turning wood blue. I’m finding several places where I promised I would ‘splain it. I’m afraid, mebbees, I’ve failed, in that regard. I’ll go look some more. Wait here a minute…
That’s it, I guess. No real explanation. Mostly just brief hints. I’ll PM you with more details. One thing I’ll point out, here, is that, if you do any live-edge turning, wwhere you intend to do some coloring, be sure to protect the bark first, with WOP, or some such. This has the effect of not only keeping the subsequent coloring out of the bark, but, also, sturdies up the bark, making it less likepy to break off when turning in its vicinity.
Also, check out Ron’s work, if you’re not familiar. He goes really deep, using resins and other substances, unknown to me.
Hollowing tools: You’re more than capable of making your own. Allen wrenches (Hex Keys, if you prefer), of different sizes and lengths. A little grinding for an edge (keep the bevel steep), a little sharpening, a handle tp fit, and, there you go. I’ve done a couple.
Also, look into Ring Gouges. Amazing things, when you see them work. Wait here a minute. I’ll go get you a video…
I’m not sure ow well it makes my point, but it is a fascinating watch.
Real good one, here.
Excellent examples.
Th=th=that’s all, for now.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 05-17-2016 08:16 AM

Two nicely shaped vases great job on the colouring you may find it takes a few attempts to get the effects that you are after, I find that it is all a learning curve and most enjoyable try to keep notes on what you do as it makes it easier to avoid or try a technique again. Most of all enjoy the process I certainly do.

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-17-2016 11:40 AM

Beautiful vases, Brian! I have that same live center for my metal lathe and I used it on the wood lathe many times.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 05-17-2016 05:10 PM

These vases are beautifully done. I think that you’ve done a very nice job on them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-17-2016 08:01 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 05-18-2016 09:37 AM

Brian, They look they they could of been purchased for some high street upmarket shop….beautiful!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#8 posted 05-26-2016 10:41 PM

DO not let the wife see them; YOU WILL LOSE THEM!

Fantastic; the stone look really works!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 09-30-2016 09:18 PM

Beautiful work.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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