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    Curly Maple Vase #3

    This curly Maple vase measures 8" high x 5" wide x 1/4" thick. Color is from RIT 'Kelly Green' clothing dye mixed with DNA (denatured alcohol). Sanded to 800 grit and has several coats of wipe-on gloss poly. Will wait for a week or so and then buff.

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

    Thanks for looking!
    Steve

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    Umm,,,

    I think,,,,

    All I can say,,

    Is wow!
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    Another beauty, Steve.

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    I can't imagine doing work like that.. another Wow..

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    Beautiful Steve. That green just sets it off.
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    I agree Wow is the first thing that comes to mind. I hope that one day I am able to get something I turn to look that good.
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    Steve, that's a sweet form, great wood, perfect-looking gloss finish...but the green doesn't really move me. But that's probably just me. I dyed bowl green some time back, and after pondering it a bit, I decided I didn't like it, so I dyed it black instead. (Good ol' black...covers up all manner of dye experiments.)

    Out of curiosity, what do you think of the color?
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    Steve really like it. I no some folks don't like the color, or any color other than natural. But me every time i see a piece that's been dyed makes me want to get out in the shop and try it.Great work as always.
    Steve

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    steve, why did the dye not color the one section of wood much or was that your intent? finish looks great and the form looks great to.
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    Thanks for the kind words everyone! I do appreciate it!

    Vaughn - have to admit that green is not my favorite color - but it is my wife's! Thought about doing a multi-color version but this piece had some color variations and darker heartwood and I wanted that to show through, so, decided to keep it simple.

    Larry - once this piece was dyed, found that the heartwood area was a lot harder than expected. It did not absorb the dye very well - even after 2 saturating coats. The entire piece was then sanded back to expose as much curl as possible to create that tiger-eye effect. I tried to sand it equally everywhere. Some portions of it (endgrain) just sucked in the dye - others didn't.
    Steve

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