Wow, some good ideas, thank you to all. Question: Can I pour stain into a plastic container? Like one of those thick plastic storage containers? Obviously I don't care about ruining it. But I'm definitely thinking the wire basket or some kind of metal cooking apparatus for doing the dipping and doubling as a drying rack. I'm thinking if I can find a storage unit made of wire baskets, I can do a whole bunch at a time and then hang the baskets back in the shelving for drying. Anybody see any flaws with that plan? (Assuming I can find what I need, of course.)
They're going to be game pieces, with one player's pieces stained in a dark color and the other in a light color. Right now, we farm it out, but we can't get the size we really want (we can have 1.5 in. pieces made, but ideally we need 1.25 in. pieces), and they look a little too "mass manufactured" for our taste.