Something I learned, you may not know!

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Project by Jimthecarver posted 258 days ago 2558 views 10 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After cutting purple heart wood I noticed the edges were very purple but the rest was less than. Which got the grey matter churning a little.
It had to be heat buildup that caused the colorr change. I did a test on a scrap piece….I covered part of the scrap and heated it up with a heat gun. The second picture shows the outcome.
No stain used, only 1 coat of finish.
I covered the stick below the butterfly and heated only the butterfly.
Anyway I thought it was much more colorful using this new found method.
Thanks for the peek.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#1 posted 258 days ago

That’s pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!

-- - Billy

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#2 posted 258 days ago

It also oxidises, and as it ages, the bright purple darkens quite a bit. Didn’t know about it’s reactivity to heat. Cool.


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#3 posted 258 days ago

Pretty cool. I wonder if you could make a gradual shading with the heat.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#4 posted 258 days ago

That definitely opens some possibilities. Always like new techniques.

Great job on the butterfly.

-- 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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#5 posted 258 days ago

Might shading with hot sand, similar to what you do for inlays.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#6 posted 258 days ago

I live in south Florida. I let the sun heat the wood. A few days of 90+ temps gives it a very deep hue as well.

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#8 posted 258 days ago


-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 258 days ago

Thanks for the tip. I was thinking of getting some purple heart and trying a project with the wood.

Good thing to know



-- John, Illinois,

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#10 posted 258 days ago

Learn something new every day.
Nice find.
Wonder if it will stay like that.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#11 posted 258 days ago

Yeah, i believe the sun does it no matter the temperature, but i didnt know just the heat would work. I thought it was the UV rays. Maybe IR rays too.

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#12 posted 258 days ago

Makes me think about other types of wood and the color change.
I like the idea of heated sand…I must try that method.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#13 posted 258 days ago

That is really cool! I love learning new things about the properties of the woods we work with. There is so much to be discovered about our favorite material. Thanks for sharing

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#14 posted 257 days ago

Everyone says it was pretty COOL but I read you used heat from a heat gun … does your heat gun put out cold heat? chuckle

I like what you have discovered and it answers some questions about my last purple heart project!

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

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#15 posted 257 days ago

Neat technique… I’ll give it a try someday. Be sure to use a finish with a UV blocker to keep the purple color for as long as possible.

-- Allen, Colorado

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