Dyeing Wood Toys Safely

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Blog entry by scrappy posted 04-12-2009 08:38 AM 1239 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a idea I found on that might come in usefull for some one.

How to dye wooden toys safely.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Old newspapers
  • Disposable gloves
  • Unsweetened powdered drink mix
  • Small glass or stainless bowls
  • Unfinished wooden parts
  • Cooling rack

Prepare a workspace by covering a table with old newspapers. Place the bowls you will be using in a row down the middle of the table. Put the unfinished wood on one side of the table and the cooling rack on the other.
Mix each packet of unsweetened drink mix with one cup of water, being sure to completely dissolve the powder. Be sure to use stainless steel or glass bowls for the mixture, since plastic and other materials may be permanently stained. Different flavors of drink mix will produce different colors. For example, cherry or fruit punch drink mix will make red dye.
Place the wooden parts in the mixture, a few at a time. Make sure the parts are completely submerged in the dye.
Wait 15 to 20 minutes, then remove the wooden parts and place them on the cooling rack to dry. You can start the next batch while the first is drying.
Once the wooden parts have dried, check to see if the color is dark enough. Very hard woods may need to be soaked in the mixture for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
Allow the parts to air dry completely, preferably overnight, before using.

Hope this helpssome one.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 04-12-2009 02:10 PM

Have you tried this method? Sounds very interesting.

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#2 posted 04-12-2009 02:23 PM

Note: Generally, the dyes used in food products are not color fast and will quickly fade when exposed to light and air.

A good source for professional food safe colorants is Arti Toymaker’s dyes. They are available from various suppliers.

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#3 posted 05-05-2009 04:09 PM

i would think the water in this mix would make small parts swell and warp ?
any feedback on that ?

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#4 posted 05-05-2009 04:40 PM

I use nothing buit mineral oil food safe and it brings out the color of the differnt woods. Iuse nothing but hard woods and exocits. Chuck

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