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Dyeing tips from the WOOD magazine shop:

Dyeing tips from the WOOD magazine shop:

  • Liquid concentrates, like those from Transtint, eliminate straining, making them easier to mix. But they cost more. So start with a base of less-expensive powder dye and reserve the liquid concentrates for fine-tuning the color using easy and precise drops.
  • A quart of dye (the amount commonly mixed from a packet of powder) goes a long way and keeps indefinitely when sealed in a canning jar. Simply shake the jar before use.
  • Label the jar with the dye's brand, color, number, and ratio of dye to solvent used so you can re-create it precisely should you need to.
  • If you're nervous about over-darkening your wood, simply dilute a small amount of your dye mixture with its solvent, writing down the ratios. It's always easier to add more dye to the wood than it is to evenly remove it.
  • Many dyes tend to fade when exposed to ultraviolet light. If you plan to display your piece where it will encounter direct sunlight, choose a pigment or a combination pigment/dye stain instead.


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