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    Dyed Sycamore Bowl

    Since I got a big batch of sycamore a while back, this is the beginning of a lot of sycamore pieces from me. Most of it is pretty plain looking, so I suspect I'll be playing with the dyes one a number of these. This one is about 9" x 4 1/4", with a three-tone dye job. Actually, this is the third dye job in this bowl. The first two had flaws I wasn't willing to live with, so they were sanded off and I started over from scratch. Finish is buffed rattle can lacquer, with Antique Oil as the first coat on the inside of the bowl.

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    Vaughn
    I like the sunset effect of the dyes it does make the bowl look warm
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    Very cool, Vaughan!

    I wonder if you and I have scored different varieties of sycamore? It could be that we just haven't synced up on grain direction yet, so we're getting different patterns.

    I'd like to know more about the process you use with the dyes. Have you already posted about it? Do you dip? Wipe? Spray? Some combination?

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    I really like the gradient!
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    Nice form and finish on the bowl Vaughn. Do you hand sign your pieces or do you use one of the irons?
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    That is a beauty Vaughn. I really like the simple form and the color.
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    That's one of the more attractive dyed bowls I've seen. I really like that sunburst effect.
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    I agree with the rest. I like the sunset affect and the form.

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    Thanks guys. I appreciate the feedback.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Burton View Post
    ...I'd like to know more about the process you use with the dyes. Have you already posted about it? Do you dip? Wipe? Spray? Some combination?
    I'm spraying the dye with a mini HVLP gun. Still working on the process (hence the two unacceptable attempts before I got this one). I'm using DNA as a carrier for the dye. I put anywhere from about 10 to 20 drops of Transtint dye per ounce of DNA.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    ...Do you hand sign your pieces or do you use one of the irons?
    The "VM" part is done with a woodburning pen with a piece of nichrome wire bent into that shape. Sort of a home made branding iron. The other hen scratches are done with a small ball-tipped woodburning pen.
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    Subtle and beautiful. Have you done a tutorial on your coloring techniques?

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