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    Ellie's Eyeshadow Bowl

    This is a piece of sycamore from the lady next door. Ellie likes her eye shadow, so I figured I'd try coloring a piece of her sycamore to match. The outside is colored with various combinations of blue and purple dye, with some white pearl acrylic airbrush paint tossed in for good measure. The walls are a bit less than 1/8" thick, so there was a bit of bleed-through of the first coat of dye around the rim and in the end grain. After coloring, the inside got a coat of Formby's Tung Oil finish, then after that cured the whole thing got multiple coats of rattle-can lacquer. I left the inside a matte finish, and wet sanded and buffed the outside to a high gloss. It ended up 8 1/4" wide and 2" tall. This one was pretty much an experiment to play around with layered colors and selective sanding. It has some flaws, so it won't be for sale, but I think Ellie will like owning it.

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    Very cool Vaughn, nice to see you are not hooked on the Soaps on the tube

    How are you applying the dye?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    It has some flaws, so it won't be for sale, but I think Ellie will like owning it.
    Yeah, right, flaws!
    Boy, I'd love to have just one of my pieces turn out so flawed!

    Beautiful, Vaughn. I really like the color.
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    Nice gift and beautiful bowl!
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    Beautiful bowl and gift Vaughn.
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    Thanks, guys.

    Stu, I used an airbrush this time. I'm still trying to get the hang of operating it. (And between the crack cocaine and Internet porn, I simply don't have time for my soaps anymore.)
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    I really love the blue and yellowish/orange combination, I think you should pursue more on this line with some other designs, and colours.
    I know that they will take more time due to the finish but maybe you could sell them at a bit higher price than the others

    I think the dyw adds a punch to the piece difficult to beat with a non dyed piece.

    Great job Vaughn!
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    Vaughn, That is one of my favorite colors. Beautiful piece

    Alan

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    Yeah Vaughn,

    That works, and works beautifully.

    I wish my mistakes were as bad as yours - I can see mine!

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    I like that, very cool!
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