Dye Job

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Project by RootandBranch posted 07-21-2016 05:05 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I purchased some wood dyes mainly because of some things I’ve seen done here. My first attempt was a small spalted hackberry bowl done in red. REALLY REALLY RED. I had a split in my nitrile glove and ended up with a mess and a hand that looked like it was involved in a chainsaw autopsy.

This time I tried another bowl out of the same spalted hackberry but with the black dye. The dye looked really dark purple on my test stick so I mixed more in getting it super dark purple but it dried this color. The bowl blew out some pieces while turning so I filled them in with synthetic turquoise and then lacquered the heck out of it to cover up my inexperience. My plan was to chalk this up to the learning curve and use this bowl to hold loose screws and stuff. SWMBO confiscated it from the bench and it’s now in the house. Not sure what her plans are for it.

Dyes still intrigue me so I’ll keep on keeping on until I can get a better feel for it. Thanks

-- Don, -

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#1 posted 07-22-2016 02:59 AM

Very unique looking bowl. I can see a few different colors in there. The turquoise looks great too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 07-22-2016 03:31 PM

Proving once again that “One man’s trash is another’s treasure” . Great job. “She Who Must Be Obeyed” obviously has good taste. Thanks for posting.

(Always enjoy seeing a reference to H. Rider Haggard’s adventure novel “She”.)

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 07-26-2016 02:39 PM

Some of my best bowls resulted from inexperience and mistakes. I’ve been wanted to try dying wood and inlay in some turned bowls. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 07-26-2016 03:18 PM

Most Black dyes are not really black,their dark purple or blue. Try Indian ink if you want black but do a test first some of them are not true black either.


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