I’ve been working on a blanket chest with kind of a greene and greene influence. I’ve made raised box joints for the corners with square purple heart plugs. I happened into some industrial ammonia a while back and was wondering what the cherry would look like fumed, so I put a scrap of it and the purple heart in a tub and closed it up.
I haven’t taken the cherry out yet but I did the purple heart. It turned GREEN! Here's a picture of the fumed piece and what it looked like when I started for comparison. I put a light coat of oil on to see what it would do. The oil muted the color some. Before the oil it was the color of grass.
I just noticed looking at the picture there is an area at the bottom of the fumed piece that is darker. That's where I had it laying on top of the cherry with the bottom hanging off.
I took the piece of purple heart and put it in the sun for a few hours today. It went from green to almost black. If you move it back and forth in the light it has sort of a really dark purple hue. Odd is all I can say.