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post #1 of 5 Old 10-16-2008, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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painting pen blanks...

Is there a way to get paint/colored stain to soak into a wood so when you turn still get the color, and also the grain still shows ?
What im wanting to do is turn a pen for a die hard packer fan...and would like to get green/gold stain but still beable to get the grain to pop....just found my answer...thanks...

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They sell what is basically a magic marker with dye inside. You can color the wood and be precise about it and still see the grain through. Check with Craft Supplies, Woodcrafters, Rocklers,etc.
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You can also use RIT clothes dye (get it at the grocery store beside the laundry soap) or even food coloring. This is an old picture I found in my stuff here from years ago when I was experimenting, this was just food coloring also a grocery store item. With a good top coat it is stable (won't fade, come off on your fingers)
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thanks for the ideas guys...never thought about using rit....the wife has tons of that around here

I assume you die it after its turned?
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Staining is done after your final sanding. Both staining and finishing can be done on the lathe. It's amazing how slick the finish is when applied this way!


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