I want to dye a curly maple platter. Thinking of a sunset so maybe orange and yellow.
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Dye curly maple. I have been searching to find a way to color hard maple not curly or any other types of hard maple like red mahagony for some reason and keep those nice figures grain patterns that hm offers. Dye stains can be used one of two ways. Start with the right stain pigment based stains which are made of fine colored powders suspended in a medium dont bring out the best in curly maple.
Transtint dye colors shown below on curly maple. The difference really stands out when you dye dense wood that doesnt accept stain well or figured wood such as curly maple. Dye is different from your usual oil stains and its just the thing for figured woods like curly maple.
I have craft supplies artisan dyes and have had good success with black then blue but havent ventured into sunset colors. But as soon as i put the dye on the maple it covers the figures. There are a few simple keys to making curly maple pop one sand the heck out of the raw wood to at least 400 grade.
See the photo above for examples of coloring curly maple. Due to variances in color monitors colors shown are approximations only. I produced a huge kitchen with curly maple door panels and later a dining table.
Also a stained bar in birds eye maple which shares many of the grain effects of curly. Stain tends to create a bland look on figured wood while dye gives the surface an attractive undulating appearance. Paid memberships dont see ads.
Im wanting to dye some curly maple scales to match the color of the scales in the picture of this winkler axe photo by bladehq. While you can just hit curly maple with a single coat of dye and move on to your clear topcoat i like to do three diluted coats of dye and sand it off between each coat. For that reason i prefer to use the more transparent water soluble dye stains which are user friendly.
I practiced with dye then sealing it next using oil wipe on stain.
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