Prototypes #5: To Dye For

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Blog entry by darryl posted 09-29-2009 04:38 AM 1312 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 09-29-2009 04:41 AM

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 09-29-2009 04:50 AM

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 09-29-2009 05:05 AM

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 09-29-2009 06:03 AM

this will be great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 09-29-2009 08:56 AM

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 09-29-2009 11:21 AM

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


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#7 posted 09-29-2009 01:13 PM

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

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 09-29-2009 05:36 PM


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 09-29-2009 06:35 PM

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 09-29-2009 10:15 PM

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 09-30-2009 12:57 AM


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 09-30-2009 05:17 AM

I am looking forward to the end result.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#13 posted 09-30-2009 05:46 AM


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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 10-01-2009 04:42 AM

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

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