FIRE AND ICE, The blazing hot SUN and the ice cold MOON

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Project by bushmaster posted 08-08-2016 04:29 AM 1979 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A new twist in wood turning and dyeing. The Idea formulated in my mind too late at night, after a sleepless night I had to give it a try. I had left over dye from my last project and was iching to use it up. All I had that I thought would work is a shallow bowl that had bee roughed out last winter. An hour or so I was ready to go. It was a struggle to get it looking half way good, overcoming obsicles and some mistakes, with penitrating dye you don’t get a second try, The yellow and red dye didn’t work quite like I had imagined, partly from the curve of the bowl sides. To start the process to spin the bowl it on my modified food processor and put and put stick on sand paper in the center for the sun.

I kept adding red trying to get streaks to the rim, curved sides de-accelerated the dye.

What a surprize when I turned it over.

One can’t sand dye totally out, put in the end I got enough out to make it presentable. and ready to do the bottom. This time I was able to use the lathe. And it turned out not too bad.

Then diluted the blue I had with windshield washer fluid and sprayed it as it was turning.

Then all I had to do was put the finish on, a few days of spraying, lightly sanding or the color will come off, and polishing as I did on my last project. By then the moon was just coming up and was getting dark.

All in all I had a great time with this experiment, one could say I had a twisting good time. Try it, it will put a twist in your turnings. Hope the pictures turned out presentable

Thanks for looking and Comments appreciated

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 08-08-2016 04:42 AM

Beautiful. Experiments always give surpruses. And lessons.
Love the look.

-- shuja

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#2 posted 08-08-2016 04:55 AM


i usually am not real fond of the dyed wood; bUT, I really like what this turned out like!

-- just rjR

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#3 posted 08-08-2016 06:33 AM

That is very cool.


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#4 posted 08-08-2016 06:33 AM

This is true lathe art work with incredible colour game.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 08-08-2016 09:08 AM

I don’t know whether to be mesmerized or amused.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 08-08-2016 10:45 AM

I was close Brian, a vase is similar to that of a bowl…
Looks very 1960’s and I like it…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 08-08-2016 12:41 PM

You done very well mate.
I love that effect. Great job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 08-08-2016 01:25 PM

Very cool! This has some great possibilities! Thanks for sharing.

-- One good turn deserves another!

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#9 posted 08-08-2016 02:07 PM

WOW ….......very neat looking ….........GREAT JOB


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#10 posted 08-08-2016 02:23 PM

That is really cool. Tie dyed turnings … turned out great.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#11 posted 08-08-2016 04:10 PM

Interesting experiment with striking results. I like what you have done.

I am curious if you think the red and yellow on the outside was a result of centrifugal force forcing the dye through a tiny crack or was caused by something else. Whatever caused it, I think you did a good job of recovering.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#12 posted 08-08-2016 05:57 PM

The pores in the endgrain allowed the centrifical force to force dye through the pores. I was able to sand most of the streaking off, the red and yellow dots are barely visable under the blue. Thinking of trying some sealer in the future.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 08-08-2016 06:47 PM

That is definitely a very different process for woodworking!
That appearance is almost “ceramic”!

That is not far from what they do on silicon wafers to add various coatings except they spin it until it cover the entire wafer with a uniform layer.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#14 posted 08-08-2016 07:12 PM

Truly awesome

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 08-08-2016 09:20 PM

You have the dying down pat. Really good looking bowl.

-- Bruce - Indiana

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