Dyeing wood ornaments
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Does anyone have experience with an inexpensive way to dye some simple ornaments. I would like the wood to show through. The Transtint dyes at Rockler & Amazon are $22 plus shipping for each color and I would like 5 - 6 different colors. Way too much cost for this little project. I was thinking of food coloring but not sure how the color would hold up over time. Other options might be RIT dyes or India Inks. Wood is poplar.
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  Re: Dyeing wood ornaments by Birdseye Bill (Does anyone have exp...)
I have done dyed ornaments for the last three or four years. This ornament was done with aniline dye dissolved in alcohol. The dyes are expensive up front but as near as I can tell shelf life is pretty much forever.




These ornaments are dyed with stamp pad ink I got at a local office supply store.





The only drawback to the ink is available colors are limited.

More aniline dye ornaments.





I've heard of guys using food coloring or the RIT dyes but I have never used either.

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  Re: Dyeing wood ornaments by Birdseye Bill (Does anyone have exp...)
Bill

I have used Food Dye for the last 5 years since I also can not afford the others and they work pretty good.

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  Re: Re: Dyeing wood ornaments by Steve K (I have done dyed orn...)
That is some beautiful work. Thanks for sharing and your ideas are good. I have no problem with the long shelf life making it more cost effective to purchase the dyes. I'm just not sure how many applications I will have for them. I'm still experimenting with my woodturning.

FYI for anyone turning ornaments. I just bought 25 fancy, metal hooks to hang your work on the tree for $1 (50% off) at Hobby Lobby. These hooks are a great way to display your beautiful work. They might even be cheaper after Christmas.
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  Re: Dyeing wood ornaments by Birdseye Bill (Does anyone have exp...)
I have used leather dye. Some are not color fast (in my experience mostly the water based ones). There are also some "sampler packs" available from some online suppliers that may be cheaper (do a search for "woodwork supplies" or "woodwork tools" etc).
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  Re: Dyeing wood ornaments by Birdseye Bill (Does anyone have exp...)
You may want to try here for Transtint, $16.40
http://www.veneersupplies.com/categories...6__Stains/

I have only bought the red, yellow, and blue and mixed the other colors from those.
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  Re: Re: Dyeing wood ornaments by NCPaladin (You may want to try ...)
NCPaladin said:


You may want to try here for Transtint, $16.40
http://www.veneersupplies.com/categories...6__Stains/

I have only bought the red, yellow, and blue and mixed the other colors from those.




Good point on the red, yellow, and blue, those are the only three colors I use as well. Forgot to mention that.
Steve K


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  Re: Re: Dyeing wood ornaments by NCPaladin (You may want to try ...)
Thank you for the tip on buying the 3 primary colors and mixing them to add to the rainbow. Good price, too. The cost of shipping is the deal breaker, though. I'm going to try the RIT dye that I got from Hobby Lobby and will have to grab 2 more colors if it works.
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  Re: Re: Dyeing wood ornaments by Birdseye Bill (Thank you for the ti...)
I've used RIT to dye wood with some success. It has the advantage of being available pretty much everywhere.
I'm not sure about long term color fastness though.
Rodney
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  Re: Re: Dyeing wood ornaments by Rodneywt1180b (I've used RIT to dye...)
I've used inkjet printer ink many times in the past & haven't had a problem yet. Multiple layers of dye give you great flexibility.

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