To all who have asked about the red & black quilted maple on my Pagoda Jewelry box.
I think that in this case ignorance is bliss. After I worked out a recipe that I liked I read on other sites that I had done it all wrong! Oh well, I like the results.
Here is my formula:
½ bottle ( yep, half a bottle) of TransTint black in ¾ cup of distilled water.
Saturate a rag and wipe onto the piece until you get a uniform deep black color.
Let dry until no longer cool to the touch.
Sand with 180 then 220 to bring the long grain back to an almost natural color. I left it a little bit gray with the black figure showing prominently.
½ bottle of TransTint bright red in ¾ cup of water.
Saturate a rag and wipe onto the piece until you get the color you are happy with. In my case I put two coats of red on with about an hour in between the coats.
I finished this with (gasp!) a Minwax wipe on poly. About 15 coats. I know that I just lost any credibility with the purists but again, it worked for me.
That’s it, easy cheesy
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