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Project by johnhutchinson posted 20 days ago 878 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I keep thinking that if I do the same thing over and over, eventually I’ll get it right.

The latest pair of Lily Pad Surfers were an exercise in grocery store finishing—Rit liquid fabric dye (undiluted), Krylon Clear Satin Finish, Kiwi Neutral Shoe Polish.

Wasn’t sure what to do with the tongues, so I painted them gold. Seemed like a nice “surprise” element.

Lemon Yellow on oak.
Tangerine on cherry.
Evening Blue on sassafras.
Kelly Green on hickory.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"





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stefang

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#1 posted 20 days ago

Cool John. the dye colors look very good too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 20 days ago

Very nice John…How could anyone not like a colorful frog and some creative woodwork. I keep saying I want to try using the dye one day and your results make me want to do it soon.

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johnhutchinson

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#3 posted 20 days ago

Thanks, Greg. The only “trick” that I use with liquid Rit dye is patience. I use very little and scrub it in with a foam brush. And then wait and scrub. And then wait …

I finally bush it with the grain until it’s almost dry. I don’t think I used more than an ounce of the blue and tangerine for both of the frogs. I’ve actually had more success with Rit than with Transtint. And $3.50 for 8 ounces ain’t bad either.

You really need to try it. LIKE NOW !!! :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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HillbillyShooter

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#4 posted 20 days ago

Great job and thanks for sharing your dye results. This is on my list and I have a copy of Scrollsaw Woodworking, No. 54. Love your designs! Keep them coming—someday I’ll have time to do them all.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Hawaiilad

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#5 posted 19 days ago

I can tell you are having lots of fun with woodwork…just the way it should be. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#6 posted 19 days ago

”I keep thinking that if I do the same thing over and over…”
You know what Einstein said about that? heeheehee
Great looking frogies, John!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 19 days ago

These are cool. Great coloring.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 19 days ago

They look great John. The coloring looks professional. I have been experimenting with different dyes and mixtures for a few months. Never tried the Rit dye. If you say it gives good results then I’ll give it a try.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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johnhutchinson

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#9 posted 19 days ago

Candy: Thanks for presenting the half-empty position –
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

I prefer Edison’s half-full position –
“I didn’t fail 3,000 times. I found 3,000 ways how not to create a lightbulb.”

:)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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johnhutchinson

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#10 posted 19 days ago

Dave: Thanks for your positive comment, and I have to agree with you. The coloring DOES look professional. :)

Seriously, I’m going to present the frogs to Rit and let them know what can really be done with their dyes on wood. They have a wood-dyeing section on their website, with some okay examples, but I (humbly) think I’ve taken it up a notch. More people need to know.

I strongly suggest that you start with cherry when you do your experimenting. Cherry LOVES Rit.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#11 posted 19 days ago

These are really cute and very colorful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Roman Hrytsak

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#12 posted 19 days ago

Nicely done John. I like your postings because you challenge the norms and experiment to develop new techniques for other woodworkers to use. Keep those ideas coming!
Roman.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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johnhutchinson

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#13 posted 19 days ago

Thanks, Roman !!! No greater compliment. I will.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#14 posted 19 days ago

I really like the frog design itself. Is this your own pattern? Never mind I found your video.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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johnhutchinson

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#15 posted 19 days ago

Thanks, Don. I used my original patterns to make the video, but I’ve changed them since then. The latest versions have a higher brow and the eyes are ball knobs.

The eyes become the “pulls” for the box “lid”. Think I’ll stick with this design.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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