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Project by trifern posted 08-27-2008 11:59 PM 5029 views 3 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an experiment using black and turquoise blue leather dyes and liming wax. I got much better results this time by sealing the dye with shellac. Thanks for the suggestion Dan! This piece measure 4” tall by 6” wide. I really like the effect of the blue eye on the inside. I welcome all comments and suggestions for improvement. Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 08-28-2008 12:33 AM

Oh man now your talkin Trifern , this looks tooooo cool !!! almost looks like it could be glass .
There is another method for applying alcohol based dyes= its used alot for instruments guitars Etc.
Is to apply 2 -3 coats of lacquer first then apply the dye, (spray method is the best) Then you finish by applying more coats of Lacquer .This is a way to get the sun burst effects or fading from one color to the next color uniform. a guitar maker I know uses this method.

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#2 posted 08-28-2008 12:40 AM

Sweet ! What kind of wood did you use ?

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#3 posted 08-28-2008 12:42 AM

I used Catalpa Daren. The open grain lends itself well to the liming process.

Thanks for the heads up RJ. I will have to give that a try.

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

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#4 posted 08-28-2008 12:57 AM

I need only three words to describe this one – Wow! Wow! Wow!

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#5 posted 08-28-2008 12:59 AM

Really cool. Those colors are sweet.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#6 posted 08-28-2008 02:41 AM


This is a stunning piece. It really does not look at all like wood. I agree with you about the blue coloring on the inside of the bowl. It gives it a nice detail.

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed looking at this one.

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#7 posted 08-28-2008 02:51 AM

wow…i am really amazed…this is clearly not your first turning…JK…so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#8 posted 08-28-2008 02:57 AM

A great creation. The light seems to darken and lighten up the colors. Does it to that in real life or is it just the camera reflection?

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#9 posted 08-28-2008 02:58 AM

Very nice, I really like the effect you crated with this peice

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#10 posted 08-28-2008 03:11 AM

Thanks everyone.

Karson, the colors are well represented in the photographs.

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

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#11 posted 08-28-2008 03:27 AM

Trifern, This is a very nice piece you have turned and finished. But, I can see room for improvement though, You could have made two of them and sent me one and that would have been DOUBLE Sweeeeeeeet. You did a great turn again. Thanks

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#12 posted 08-28-2008 04:14 AM

this is beautiful Joe! Nice work

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#13 posted 08-28-2008 04:37 AM

Old Blue Eye’s back. Seriously cool.

Could you blog that liming process? Does the liming wax just ride the pores, and buffs off the smooth surfaces? Is the wax just the last step after last clearcoat?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 08-28-2008 05:23 AM

Absolutely wonderful turning ! Never heard of “liming wax” until now …..what does it refer to , Joe ?

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#15 posted 08-28-2008 05:35 AM

Douglas, I will do a blog after a perfect the technique a little better. This was only my second attempt. I am pleased with the outcome so far, but it can be improved. The technique this time was leather dye, 3 coats of shellac, liming wax, and then Briwax.

Dusty, liming wax is a white creamy paste wax applied to fill the open grain in wood. The excess is wiped off and buffed. Briwax is then applied and buffed as the final step.

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

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