If you have been following my work you would have noted that most of my work has been done using the natural color of wood. I mostly finish my turnings using a blend of Tung oil and shellac. When blended together at the proper proportion and applied with friction the finish is much like a French polish.
Over the years I have used color to enhance my work. More notably when I turn flowers I have added dyes to replicate straw flowers
This year several of my turned pieces have been colored using a water based aniline dye. It comes in a power form and when mixed with water the colors are brilliant. I use primary colors and mix them to obtain the desired color that I am looking for. The aniline dye mixes much like water color however when dried I must use a binder to adhere the dye to my turnings. Without the binder or sealer the color would transfer to your hand when handled. Once the piece has been dyed it would then be finished using the blend of Tung oil and Shellac.
Although my preference is turning natural edge pieces using finishes to enhance the wood grain, adding color does have an appeal for those who are looking for something a little different.
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Morris will be working in the gallery next on the 24th to the 26th of May.