|Project by Michael McKenzie||posted 04-05-2017 05:14 PM||1322 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
I’ve been experimenting with Ebonizing different woods naturally. Through trial and error I have arrived at a good technique. First I let some steel wool sit in vinegar for a few days then I make a jar of really strong black tea and cool it. I saturate the wood with the tea first to elevate the tannin level (if needed – online data bases will show you the Ph of different woods). Once the wood is dried with the tannin treatment I saturate it with the vinegar solution and it immediately starts to darken but need to be left overnight for the best results. The next day I just rinse the wood off and (if you are using veneer) flatten it under anything flat with weights and let dry. The wood is ready for working.
This is a 1.738” wide bangle with Ebonized Karelian Birch and a Zebrawood Lining. All steamed and bent. Using Gorilla Glue for the bonding and Behlen Wood Turner’s Finish, 3 treatments then micro-mesh polishing. I finish it off with Behlen Lacquer Topcoat.
Man I wish the pics were better, it’s really hard to photograph figuring but the Birch ebonized is the BOMB.
-- ~ Ancora imparo! ~