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    Some Small Stuff

    Here are a few little vases I turned recently to increase my stock of lower-priced items for sale. I also used most of them as practice pieces for coloring ideas. They all have glass test tube-style inserts so they can hold a few stems of fresh flowers in water.

    Here's the only one I didn't dye. It's some blister maple I got a couple years ago from Terry Quiram. It's got a bit of nice curl, although there's not a lot of blister visible in this one...

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    This one is from some scrap sycamore, with a black, red and yellow dye job. I'm not particularly thrilled with it, but it'll probably appeal to someone enough to buy it...

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    Here's another piece of blister maple (with visible blister figure this time). It's got a combination of green and teal blue dyes...

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    And a piece of nicely-figured maple, with black, red and yellow dyes...

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    These little guys are pretty quick and inexpensive to make, but can still be a challenge if you're picky about the form.

    Comments and critiques are welcome -
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    Those are great Vaughn. How do you get the hole for the test tube ? Is it drilled?
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    Nice work, Vaughn.

    I'm a bit surprised about your comment on the black, red and yellow dye. I like both of those!

    And ditto on Bob's question.
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    Very nice Vaughn!

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    Thanks guys. The hole's drilled on the lathe with a 3/4" spade bit. I'd use a Forstner bit, but it's not long enough and my Forstner extension won't fit in a 3/4" hole. I hold the piece with a regular tenon on the bottom, just like a bowl. To finish the bottom, I jam the vase on a 3/4" dowel that I have centered on a round piece of wood that fits in my chuck. I started out with a 7/8" dowel and turned it down for a tight fit in the hole of the vase.

    Bill, the dyes on the sycamore came out more splotchy than I would have liked, but the same combination on the maple is really cool, IMHO. The chatoyance of the wood really comes through, so the colors change as the light hits it from different angles. It has an effect like tiger eye stone.
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    what dye are you using vaughn?
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    Those are great looking Vaughn. I just bought some inserts at a garage sale from a gentleman that passed away and am going to give it a go. He made a lot of those plus candle holders.
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    Vaughn,

    Those are really VERY ugly.. They will not sell.

    Please just send them to me and I will give away for Christmas presents.

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    Nice! Great idea using the test tube. Are they extras from your "Acme Evil Mad Science" kit?
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    Those are great Vaughn. I like specially the green and the last ones.
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