|Forum topic by davidroberts||posted 10-06-2016 08:34 PM||593 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
10-06-2016 08:34 PM
Howdy from over yonder,
I have a project in mind that requires bending short, thin strips of wood, say 50 strips up to 3 feet long, around 1 inch wide, and 3/16 inch thick, at the very most. The length mentioned is prior to bending. The strips will be formed into loops, curly cues, spirals, and other twisted shapes. The diameter of spirals and such will be 1 to 3 inches. I may even use some hand plane curlies.
I plan to soak them in hot water and bend and twist over a heated pipe, and a couple of homade jigs. Nothing fancy. I would like advice on wood species conducive to this style of bending. I’ve only bent wood that I had no intention to bend. I need to dye the strips so light-colored wood selections are preferable. My quantity need is small, so I have more buying options that are less cost prohibitive than normal.
Also I need to dye the strips with shades of blue, blue-green, maybe white(?), or bleach. I’m thinking of using a lightweight, maybe 1/4 pound cut (more or less) of shellac, as a wash coat. I would need to experiment first with color saturation before committing. Shellac should help keep their shape somewhat, while not too heavy a finish. Some very minimal protection would be nice. The strips will be used inside only. I have a few trans-tint bottles, just not blue, green, etc. Since I need to buy dye, is there a brand you have used successfully, and don’t mind sharing. Would liquid or powder work best, and does it matter? Is clear-coat shellac a reasonable choice? I could set up for lacquer, if the better choice. I’ve never used primary colors with lacquer spray.
As always, thanks.
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