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    Dyeing Wood

    Good Morning!

    If one wants to dye (or stain--I'm not sure the difference) wood a bright color like blue or green, what do you use, and where do you get it?

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    Good Morning!

    If one wants to dye (or stain--I'm not sure the difference) wood a bright color like blue or green, what do you use, and where do you get it?

    Thanks,
    cynthia

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    TransTint is my go to dye. I mix it with alcohol. I get it at woodcraft, but if I had to order I'd get it from here http://www.homesteadfinishingproduct.../TransTint.htm

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    Apparently food coloring will work per this article.

    http://www.woodworking.org/WC/Garchi...colorants.html

    It is not sun proof but according to the article should last for a few years. The part on food coloring is down under the section titled "Adding Colorants: Common household colorants"

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Daugherty View Post
    TransTint is my go to dye. I mix it with alcohol. I get it at woodcraft, but if I had to order I'd get it from here http://www.homesteadfinishingproduct.../TransTint.htm
    Mine, too. BTW, Homestead is MUCH cheaper - particularly if you buy more than one bottle (mix & match). I paid nearly $20 for a bottle at Woodcraft, and Homestead had it for around $15.
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    try RIT dye cynthia, the turners have been using it, and it appears vibrant..a guy made a real nice guitar here and used rit dye for the green and its was outstanding..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    Good Morning!

    If one wants to dye or stain

    Here's what I use.
    https://www.woodessence.com/ColorFX-...ts-P51C12.aspx

    plus I ordered Orange as an extra. It is a dye that mixes with either water or what I use; Isopropyl Alcohol 99% pure to get faster drying for my pens as well as no grain raising. I generally would mix about 1 - 2 tsps of Isopropyl with 4 - 5 drops of the dye for a very deep colour.

    Lots of choices, this is the only one I've tried.
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    Cynthia:

    Timing is everything. I used Levenger's Amethyst Fountain Pen ink over maple to make a handle for a magnifying glass.

    I was 99.44% done with the post, and cancelled out of the preview post I was too angry to re-enter the post.

    Anyway - the picture is below.



    The color is a fairly dark purple and with some Behlen's Woodturning finish covered by some rattle can poly it came out well.

    I've used some Transtint dye to dye a pen red. The mistake I made was to attempt to tint the finish instead of the wood. I tinted some Behlen's aand applied it. I had trouble getting even coverage. Subsequent applications of the wipe on finish would "meld" with the prior layer and remove the tinted layer.

    For the purple I sanded and then applied directly to the wood and finished over it. The first coat of finish removed a little of the ink/dye but not much.

    Good luck and experiment on little projects.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian McMillan View Post
    These are the best dyes. I also use water born powder dyes.
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