Ok… so I’m building a wall clock out of a slice of highly figured walnut, so it’s end grain.
The grain pattern was absolutely gorgeous swirling and amazing. The issue is that I sliced it a bit thin, maybe 5/8ths, and I was worried about stability. So I dumped alot of very thinned epoxy onto it for stability (used Devcon 5 minute epoxy from lowes).
The epoxy darkened the wood so much that it almost hid the nice grain patterns.
I then sanded the crap out of it and it returned some of the color, so I was ok with it.
Then one coat of thinned 100% tung oil (about 50/50 mineral spirits). This in turned darkened the wood again….
It’s so dark that the grain is lost.
I inlaid some crushed blue stones into thicker epoxy for the cracks as well as the numbers for the clock.
With the second coat of epoxy I had thought about adding some orange analin dye to it. Then wet sanding it in… will this work? Any other options now that I already have one coat of tung oil dry onto the piece to really make the wood grain pop?
The swirling wood grain was to be the real focal point of this clock.
I have a Asian inspired frame of lighter wood that the clock will mount to. Any help would be appreciated