I turned this hollow form from a piece of silver maple that was cut down 30 days ago. The turning was done start to finish all in one day – a uniform wall thickness of 1/4” inch and no pith resulted in very little movement of the wood. After living in a brown paper bag for the last 30 days the piece managed to escape and found itself attached to my vacuum chuck and got sanded all the way to 400 grit. Since this piece had very little character as it was I decided to apply alcohol based anilene dye. There are many techniques to this process and I use some of those processes when I dye a piece. This is what the hollow form looks like after being sanded and after having a bath in Klean Strip Wood Bleach.
After the wood bleach bath I let the piece dry overnight and use a vinegar/water solution to neutralize the wood bleach. I allow that to dry, sand back to 400 grit and let it sit for a couple of hours. I will start with a green dye on this piece, and then apply a blue dye followed by a yellow dye. Before the first coat of dye I wipe the entire surface of the hollow form with denatured alcohol – this will raise the grain enough to accept the dye.
As soon as I have wiped down the vessel with the alcohol I flash it off with a lighter. Now for the first coat of green dye. This is what the hollow form looks like with just one coat of green dye applied.
I flash the coat of green dye with a lighter, sanded it lightly with 1000 grit paper and then applied a coat of blue dye and flashed that off with a lighter.
Before I apply the yellow dye I will sand this piece lightly with 1000 grit paper. The final finish will be several coats of high gloss wipe on poly. More to come on this project.
-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.