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    Southwest Style Green Maple HF

    My first experiment with green RIT dye came out looking like a Granny Smith Apple. You can see my first green hollow form here:http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ad.php?t=14299

    A lot of folks liked it but it was not the shade I was after. I wanted more of an emerald green that would be deep in color without hiding any color variations or curl in the wood. I think this time I got what I was after but once again am asking for everyone’s opinion. So, please let me know if you like the effect or not and if possible – explain why so that we can all learn from this experiment!

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    Southwest style maple hollow form with a few cracks, a knot, some color variations and lots of curl. It is 6 ¼” diameter x 3” high and was sanded to 320 grit. It was dyed using RIT Kelly Green powdered clothing dye mixed with (DNA) denatured alcohol. It has 3 coats of Minwax Gloss Wipe-On Poly and I plan on giving it at least 2 – 3 more coats before allowing it to dry and then buffing.

    As always, your opinions, critiques and comments are welcome!

    Thanks for looking!
    Steve

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    I like but have to admit that a lighter/softer shade of green might work better.

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    Sweet piece of wood, and you nailed the form on this one Steve (as usual). I'm warming up to the green, but I still think a darker shade would appeal to my tastes a bit more. It's a fine line between being dark enough and covering up the wood's figure, so I understand stopping at the point where you did.
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    Vaughn - I appreciate the compliment on the form! As stated this is just another experiment in color. Personally, I like the dark side of the HF better - when it comes to the color. What I would really like is to be able to get some of the colors that Joe Landon gets - over on WOW. His work has really got me to thinking about how I might be able to use color to enhance a form as opposed to just coloring it. I will be the first to admit.... I have a lot to learn!
    Steve

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    I like it, Steve. As far as why, I'm afraid I'm not good at explaining that. I either like it or I don't; and I do.

    Not very helpful, am I?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Schlumpf View Post
    Vaughn - I appreciate the compliment on the form! As stated this is just another experiment in color. Personally, I like the dark side of the HF better - when it comes to the color. What I would really like is to be able to get some of the colors that Joe Landon gets - over on WOW. His work has really got me to thinking about how I might be able to use color to enhance a form as opposed to just coloring it. I will be the first to admit.... I have a lot to learn!
    I'm with you on the darker side of this piece. The middle pic is my favorite. And I agree with you about Joe's work.
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    That makes 3 votes on the darker side. Ilike the middle pic also. Something about that green I like.

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    Middle pic's looks great Steve. I just bought a air brush to start some experiments with.
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