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Thread: Bleached and Dyed Ash

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Bleached and Dyed Ash

    This pair of bowls was an experiment in contrasts. They were turned from the same chunk of ash. I turned a "capsule" shape between centers, parted it in half, then hollowed each half into matching bowls. Each bowl is 5 3/4" wide and 3 1/2" tall.

    The dark bowl was dyed black with liquid TransTint dye, then I used white liming wax to highlight the grain on the outside only. It was finished with clear gloss spray lacquer, wet sanded with 600 grit, buffed and waxed. I'll probably strip the wax off and add some more lacquer and do some more wet's not quite to the "bowling ball smooth" finish I'm wanting.

    The light bowl was soaked in Clorox bleach for a few days, then rinsed thoroughly with water. When it came out of the bleach, it was slippery and slimy as a snail's belly. As I rinsed the bleach off, some of the wood washed away too. Even though both bowls started out about 5/32" thick, the bleached one ended up about half that thick when all was said and done. It has a rough surface that feels like it was sandblasted. I finished it with satin spray lacquer.

    I turned these a few months ago, and wasn't happy with the photos I was able to get. Then over time, the finish on the black bowl got a little dinged up, so I re-did the lacquer on it. The photos I did get still aren't perfect, but I'm tired of trying for now.

    This view shows the colors pretty accurately...

    In this one, I darkened the white bowl with Photoshop a bit to show the texture better...

    C&C welcomed and appreciated, as usual.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Bowl 090 1 - 800.jpg   Bowl 090 2 - 800.jpg  
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Now showing- 'Black & White' in 'Color'.....I like 'em!

  3. #3
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    All your time, effort and skill sure shows. Those are beautiful
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Very Nice Vaughn! I had something similar in mind for the beauty and the beast contest...turned the "capsule" and hollowed out one of the sides...then I blew up the other.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Juts love both of them. Color, Shape, wall thickness, depth.

    Man you got it down pat with design and all. Those would make such great cereal bowls. The form is the cool thing. Well done Vaugn.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I want to touch the lighter shade bowl and feel the texture.

    Nice duo.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Cotswolds, UK
    I prefer the shape of the lighter finished bowl, but both show good tool control and method to achieve the thickness, 'Sunday Best China' quality in design and finish.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Beautiful bowls Vaughn. I do like the color contrast of them.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Des Moines, IA
    Those are really pretty, Vaughn. I haven't tried anything like that.

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