Vase with finial or Urn?

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Project by peter blair posted 12-21-2012 02:56 PM 1451 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few shots of a cherry hollow form with a dyed finial. The finial screws into the vase with black plastic pipe threads.
Thanks for looking.

-- Pete

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#1 posted 12-21-2012 03:09 PM

Beautiful work, is that aniline dye for a finish?

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 03:27 PM

Sorry I should have mentioned that I use Transtint dyes with water for the color and Tandy Leather dye for the finial.

-- Pete

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#3 posted 12-21-2012 03:31 PM

Very beautiful piece

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#4 posted 12-21-2012 03:52 PM

Wow…....that’s one thin finial. Amazing.
Well done.

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 03:57 PM

That’s really an outstanding project!

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 04:00 PM

Very nice indeed love the colour and finish

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#7 posted 12-21-2012 04:15 PM

Wow this is amazing ,beautiful.

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#8 posted 12-21-2012 04:48 PM

beautiful!! great job!!

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#9 posted 12-21-2012 04:51 PM

Incredibly nice finial , and the colors are great : )

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#10 posted 12-21-2012 04:55 PM

very beautiful


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#11 posted 12-21-2012 07:13 PM

How on earth do you turn something that thin? That is amazing all the way around


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#12 posted 12-21-2012 09:43 PM

Outstanding work, I love it!

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#13 posted 12-21-2012 11:30 PM

Can you describe your finishing process?

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#14 posted 12-21-2012 11:56 PM

Call it what you want. I call it absolutely beautiful.

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#15 posted 12-22-2012 12:01 AM

Hi Russell.

The process I use to dye wood is no secret.

For the most part I follow this process.

Then I spray multiple coats of rattle can lacquer sanding between coats with 600 to 1000.

As I’m sure you can imagine, each piece is different and I do vary the process depending on the wood.

This one was the first time I have turned from a whole log, pith and all. I have been saving it in my shop for over 20 years (not on purpose, just found it a few weeks ago in the wood pile).

For the finial I generally sand as I go and then wet with water, and wipe with a paper towel. Then apply the Tandy Leather dye right out of the bottle. I usually apply 2 or 3 coats then sand and repeat until it has the color and finish I want. On thinner finials I sand and dye as I go because some are way too thin to sand when complete. I like to apply WTF while on the lathe then several coats of rattle can lacquer. Sanding or leveling with steel wool.
That’s about it.

-- Pete

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