Prototypes #5: To Dye For

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Blog entry by darryl posted 1764 days ago 1168 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One of my top goals in the making of my wine bottle stoppers is to make each and every one unique. Currently I’m only working with four species of wood (maple, walnut, jatoba and cherry) and while this does provide a large number of options I’m always looking to see how I can inject a little something extra.

I’ve been a big fan of Joe’s (trifern) postings and the amazing work he does. His work has inspired me to try working with dyes. A realized early on that a key requirement for me is my pieces can’t rely on just the surface being dyed, I would have to make sure my pieces were completely saturated. Thankfully it wasn’t hard to do!

Here’s a mockup using some maple samples dyed green:

a close-up:

whoa… back up!

I’m pretty excited to see what new concepts come to life with this new capability!

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#1 posted 1764 days ago

So how are you satcherating the wood?

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#2 posted 1764 days ago

by letting them soak for 4 days in a mixture of food coloring and denatured alcohol… it really could not have been any easier!

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#3 posted 1764 days ago

I am anxious to see the end result!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 1764 days ago

this will be great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 1763 days ago

Very nice if the dye lasts for a pretty long time.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 1763 days ago

Outside the box and over the top.
This is gonna be cool !!


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#7 posted 1763 days ago

It’s always good to see creativity. I’m looking forward to the finished product.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 1763 days ago


This is certainly going to add an exciting new dimension to you stoppers. Like everyone else, I can’t wait to see the turned results.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 1763 days ago

hate to be a tease, but my initial sample size was only two more pieces than what you can see in the picture. I have a larger batch of both green and blue going right now.’s going to be a few days of letting them soak though.

on the postitive side, using the alcohol base seems to be a good choice as my samples seem quite dry after just a day or so.

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#10 posted 1763 days ago

I’m staying tuned in! This going to be one of those inspiring learning things!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 1763 days ago


Is that how it’s done??? WOW, thats a lot of glue joints!!


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 1763 days ago

I am looking forward to the end result.

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#13 posted 1763 days ago


looks cool Standing on one foot waiting. Well really I’ll be laying on one foot in just a few minutes.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#15 posted 1762 days ago

I’m like everyone else, can’t wait to see the end results.

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