Absorbing dye through an entire log

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Forum topic by gavinzagreb posted 03-28-2012 07:32 AM 1029 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2012 07:32 AM

We’ve all probably done the experiment where you put a white flower in a glass of coloured water and see how the flower changes colour.
I’m wondering if you could colour an entire fresh cut log with this process.
I have noticed that the logs i have at the moment are losing moisture through the top and it is drawing coloured sap up. If i sat the log in a dish of coloured water, would it work ?
My just have to try unless some one else here has tried before.

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#1 posted 03-28-2012 08:27 AM

Rit dye and alcohol work well I believe. It’s done with bows and arrows allot. Just staining it really. Be careful how much moisture escapes along the end of the log it can start to check/crack. Usually when drying wood you want a split stave to to lose moisture along it’s length not it’s ends. One thing I didn’t think of is that if the log is still really green (still has allot of moisture) I wouldn’t know how much stain/color it would take in, I have never done that before with green wood. I’m guessing as much water as it’s lost so far. Couldn’t hurt to try. Along as your having fun right?

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