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    Black Epoxy

    What is the easiest thing to add to epoxy to make it black? Many years ago I did see an episode of NYW, where Norm was working with Mesquite, and filled some of the voids with it before milling. Looked great in the end....
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    Here's an article about adding color to epoxy. Basically it probably won't affect the strength or bonding properties if you don't go nuts.

    Aniline dye or powdered tempura paint.
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    I did that a few years ago by adding TransTint Black to epoxy to fill a large knot in a piece of red oak. It's still solid.
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    Transtint works. So do India ink and Behlen's dye powders.
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    Thanks Cynthia, for the article. It was a very interesting read.... I didn't even think of Aniline dye. I don't have any but may go to the hardware store to see what they have any Ritz dye, maybe in powder form. Not to worried about structural strength as it is to fix a pendant for my girlfriend.

    @ Bill,

    When Norm added the black epoxy to the Mesquite, it filled in and looked just like the rest of the dark brown to black mineral streaks. Here on the island we have Keawe (kay-ah-vay) which I found out is Mesquite! It was brought over a very long time ago! It really thrives well in the desert area of the Kohala coast here on the Kona side of the big island. Makes me want to learn how to use the lathe I bought about 6-7 years ago! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Royall Clark View Post
    When Norm added the black epoxy to the Mesquite, it filled in and looked just like the rest of the dark brown to black mineral streaks. Here on the island we have Keawe (kay-ah-vay) which I found out is Mesquite! It was brought over a very long time ago! It really thrives well in the desert area of the Kohala coast here on the Kona side of the big island. Makes me want to learn how to use the lathe I bought about 6-7 years ago! LOL[/FONT]
    Please do! Some of the Mesquite looks absolutely gorgeous when turned. I'd start with something a bit softer and easier though, it turns like iron! It grows different in Hawaii than it does in Arizona - a lot denser thickets

    I remember some locals selling Keawe at the farmers market to tourists for $10 for a little tiny jar of chips as "special hawaiian Keawe BBQ smoking wood". For all I know they were just repackaging Mesquite from the store (actually pretty sure that's what they were doing). We got a laugh out of it anyway.

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    May sound strange, but when ever I need black glue for what ever reason I use Quickset Black epoxy that I used for clubmaking for golf clubs. Golfsmith sell some dual syringe 30 min epoxy that sets black. This is some really strong stuff, it can hold a golf club head on, that is some serious impact strength.

    http://www.golfsmith.com/product/300...oxy-syringe-fe

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    Black-colored epoxy is my favorite filler material on turned pieces. I prefer it over coffee grounds, turquoise, or brass key shavings. I've used India ink, TransTint, and finely-crushed charcoal to make clear epoxy black. Beware using the India ink, though. I had one case where I used too much India ink and the glue never completely hardened. (You could still dent it easily with a fingernail 6 or 7 years later.) My favorite, though, is to simply use black epoxy. I've used something like this, although the packaging was a bit different:

    http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...ductId=1382310
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Transtint works. So do India ink and Behlen's dye powders.
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    lots of good information and some good links! I called all around but couldn't find either of the epoxies that the links lead to. Nobody sells dye, I didn't follow up on the Ritz... I did find a charcoal briquette!! I just have to figure out how to grind it to a smooth enough consistency to mix with the epoxy. I almost used the Krupps coffee grinder but my girl friend put her foot down on that idea ....

    I was thinking too, that when I go into Kea'au to check my mail tomorrow, I'll swing into Ace and see if I can get a dab of black pigment for the paint mixing machine. I don't need even a 1/4 teaspoon for what I'm doing..

    Thanks for all the help!!

    PS... Ryan, you've got "da local kind brahdas all figured out"!! LOL
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