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Project by trifern posted 12-19-2008 08:26 PM 1568 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form vase was turned from end grain maple. It measures 8” tall by 4” wide. It is finished with multiple layers of aniline dye and topped with several coats of spray satin lacquer. I was experimenting with the dyes in an attempt of giving it an iridescent glass like appearance.

All comments are welcome and appreciated.

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

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#1 posted 12-19-2008 08:38 PM

Very nice! I only wish I could see this in person, as I know the photography process takes away from the real visuals. Try photographing it in sunlight. That really makes irridecence pop out.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 12-19-2008 08:41 PM

Another beaut. You really have me hoping that the hollowing tool I put on my Christmas wish list gets fulfilled.

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#3 posted 12-19-2008 08:54 PM

Great color!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 12-19-2008 09:02 PM

Beautiful Piece, Joe!

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

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#5 posted 12-19-2008 09:17 PM

Very Beautiful!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 12-19-2008 09:24 PM

Great color. It looks like Raku pottery.

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#7 posted 12-19-2008 09:47 PM

by far my favorite vase from you yet,I love them all but this one speaks.Id like to know more about how you applied it also.thanks

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#8 posted 12-19-2008 10:59 PM

I keep looking at your turnings and seem to never take time to comment. So, I’ll do that today before I head back to the shop. You are really an accomplished lathe worker. Your sculptural forms, choice of woods, and design details are as good as your lathe skill. I also like your project titles.

Keep up the great work,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#9 posted 12-19-2008 11:39 PM

I’m sure that this is even more awesome in person because photos never show what we see while holding projects in our hands . Great shape and colors , Joe . Happy Holidays to you and yours : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 12-19-2008 11:44 PM

Wonderful piece Joe, one of my favorites. You’re Abilities are growing by leaps and bounds, you should open your own gallery. I guess you have right here on LJs, huh?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 12-20-2008 12:28 AM

Great shape.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 12-20-2008 01:53 AM

Joe, you just keep expanding the horizons. This is so cool. I’d say your experimenting was a huge success. I love the color combination.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#13 posted 12-20-2008 02:09 AM

The coloring is very unique….. another great piece Joe. I wish you lived closer so I could learn first hand from you.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#14 posted 12-20-2008 02:51 AM

Wow, great job!

Thanks for the post


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#15 posted 12-20-2008 03:10 AM

Hey Joe – Very nice, and I bet your enjoying this challenge. Have you thought of using an air brush? You can have more defined lines this way, and overlapping shading, which will soften the color transitions. Some of this reminds me of metal leafing. Keep up the great work.!!!!!!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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