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Forum topic by mikpac posted 04-18-2013 07:36 PM 1733 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2013 07:36 PM

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I am trying to colour a violin with aniline dye,and finish it off with a varnish if possible.Has anyone been successful with a similar project? Any help would be appreciated. I posted this not long ago,but to the wrong posting,as I was reminded.

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#1 posted 04-18-2013 07:47 PM

Here is a good link that I had bookmarked a while back. I followed the tips in the article and the piece turned out great. It really brought out the details and grain in the wood.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 08:01 PM

I’ve used analine dyes on a few projects with success. I used water-based dye and found it helpful make sure I gave it plenty of time to dry, and put a couple thin layers on of sealcoat on top, lightly sanded to remove raised grain, before appyling my topcoat.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 08:49 PM

I first posted in your blog and am re-posting in this thread:

Spirit dyes need denatured alcohol to dissolve them.

The violin in my avatar is finished with an aniline dye.
I used an egg-white sealer and oil-based clear varnish then coated with the dye.

A clean cloth, damp with alcohol, will allow you to smooth and adjust the dye density and shading until you get exactly what you want. It is a different experience from stains and other wood finishes.
A few more coats of clear varnish seals the deal.

It might be a good idea to practice on a sample board to get comfortable with the process before you attack the instrument.

Best of luck to you.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#4 posted 04-18-2013 10:12 PM

Check out Triferns blog

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 10:15 PM

I agree with EPJartisan: Triferns blog really shows what you can achieve with aniline dye!

I’ve used it on a number of larger projects with great success and have been very happy with the result.

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#6 posted 04-19-2013 12:30 PM

Get some scrap and experiment. I have a feeling this is something that, after you’re done, you’ll say “Wow, that was really easy.”

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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