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Dyeing a Bowl?
Aug 8th, 2017 at 7:34pm
 
I have bowl that I turned from some spalted maple.It doesnt really need to be dyed BUT my wife  loves the color blue ...She has never cared for or had a need for anything I have turned...so I thought maybe she would like this IF it was dyed blue....not sure ...I think it would be pretty if she didnt like it lol or if I didnt dye it.....Any of you guys ever had a problem like this?
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Re: Dyeing a Bowl?
Reply #1 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 8:02pm
 
With the wife or bowl? 😏
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Reply #2 - Aug 9th, 2017 at 4:31am
 
With making a decision to either dye the bowl or not to dye?  I know thats a decision that could have a different answer or approach that could be different for everybody...I was just curious ! Thanks!!!!

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Re: Dyeing a Bowl?
Reply #3 - Aug 9th, 2017 at 7:17am
 
You could make up a couple samples from some scrap maple first, to preview possible results.  Unless using a scrap from the same wood, the results may be only similar, but it could be useful.
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Re: Dyeing a Bowl?
Reply #4 - Aug 9th, 2017 at 8:23am
 
I don't dye wood, it's a hate crime IMO
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Re: Dyeing a Bowl?
Reply #5 - Aug 9th, 2017 at 9:13am
 
I dye some of my turnings.  The ones I dye are usually the highly figured maples.  Yes, it is a quandary--do I dye it or do I let the figure pop on it's own.  I've had customers on both sides of the fence.  Everyone is different.  What's there to loose by dying it.  She will either like it or she won't.  Either way, at least she will know that you were thinking about her and that is the most important thing of all.
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Reply #6 - Aug 9th, 2017 at 10:40am
 
Steve Doerr wrote on Aug 9th, 2017 at 9:13am:
What's there to loose by dying it.


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While it's certainly not for me, Steve is right. You are thinking enough about your wife and what she would like that you are willing to commit this offense, that's love.

It would be nice if you could post a before and after photo for us.
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Reply #7 - Aug 10th, 2017 at 3:57am
 
Thanks guy.Ill post some pics when I get to that point.I dont really like the idea either Ed but was thinking of how much she like the color blue...And she is always thinking about decorating etc. and this might be a "hit" or something she would use!!
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Re: Dyeing a Bowl?
Reply #8 - Aug 10th, 2017 at 7:47am
 
Dying bowls is not something I've ever considered for myself, but I've seen some striking work by others.  But there are blues and there are blues.  And I've seen thin dyes create a washcoat look and very intense dyes a very different look.  Scrap maple may not take color exactly like the wood in your bowl, but the two of you could collaborate on some test looks first.  Just be sure to apply your selected finish to each sample, as a topcoat can noticeably impact the effect of the dye.
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Re: Dyeing a Bowl?
Reply #9 - Aug 10th, 2017 at 8:54am
 
At the risk of offending those who would rather eat worms than dye a bowl, go onto youtube and search on Jimmy Clewes. There is a long video on turning a colored rim platter. It may give you some ideas.
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Re: Dyeing a Bowl?
Reply #10 - Aug 10th, 2017 at 9:20am
 
All kidding aside, just like any form of embellishment or finishing technique, it can be as easy or as complicated as you want.
I would first decide on a color and opacity. Then do your homework as suggested, videos/forums whatever. Then you need to locate the products necessary and test, then test again. Just like bare wood, a dyed piece will look different until a final (top-coat) finish is applied. The entire process should be tested.
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Re: Dyeing a Bowl?
Reply #11 - Aug 10th, 2017 at 9:25am
 
This is exactly why I like to core almost everything I turn.  The center allows me to test finishes on the same wood.  When not needing to test the finish, it gives me a smaller bowl to give away. Cool Thumbs Up
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Reply #12 - Aug 14th, 2017 at 6:35pm
 
I have mixed  Rite  dye from the grocery store  with  de-natured alcohol,  don't mix to good.  Gonna try Rite dye with water,    will dry slower.   Mixed with alcohol  it drys  too quick!
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Reply #13 - Aug 14th, 2017 at 6:38pm
 
Rick Caron wrote on Aug 14th, 2017 at 6:35pm:
Gonna try Rite dye with water,


Keep in mind with water applied to your piece you will most likely experience some grain raising.
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Re: Dyeing a Bowl?
Reply #14 - Aug 15th, 2017 at 4:08pm
 
Rick: Another option is to use aniline dyes and alcohol.
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