Experimenting in Color

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I decided to try Dyeing some of my own… but without a pressure/vac thing. I thought I’d do all mine after the turning is done. Kinda like doing guitar coloring… sorta… maybe…

So I bought some Transfast Cardinal Red powder and mixed a little of it up. I applied it to a turned Walnut barrel. Here is what it looked like after drying.

Then I sanded it down …. I mean just barely touching the barrel with 1000 grit. Then Applied the Plexi finish. The barrel changes color as you turn it and tilt it in the light. from a bright red do a lighter brown. I just can’t get a good picture of it! I’m calling this my “Cherry Cordial” treatment. :)

What ya think?


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#1 posted 03-30-2008 04:00 AM

I love wood. I love how the grain pops when a finish is applied. The feel of a finely polished piece. I have sample pieces to remind me of how I got the result. The result here is another awesome Pen.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 04:08 AM

i agree with bradford. the grain does really pop with that finish. this is a great pen. thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 05:11 AM

That looks pretty awesome! Excellent experiment – I think it succeeded.

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 05:53 AM

I only use dyes for my finishes. I think they are great. Sanding will make them lighter.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 10:34 AM

I think its a great finish.

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

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 10:54 AM

Looks good to me.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 11:51 AM

Repeatedly adding color through use of dyes and sanding the wood allows the dye to penetrate deeper into the grain of the wood and really “pops” the grain.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 11:51 AM


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