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post #1 of 6 Old 01-08-2015, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Staining pens

Hey Yall,I'm new to this site.My son gave me a wood pen turning kit for Christmas and I've watched several videos but I haven't seen anything about staining.I guess its not done.I bought a CA finishing kit and I plan on using that but I was just curious about staining.Any help much appreciated,thanks.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-08-2015, 04:17 PM
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Most often you would want to select woods with interesting color and grain, then finish with a clear coat, like CA. there are pre colored blanks where they were soaked under pressure and the dye is distributed through the wood, or choose acrylic blanks for exotic coloring and pattern. My preference is exotic woods with highly figured grain and interesting natural color.

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I have only added color to one pen and it was dye on a curly maple blank. Never stained a pen blank. I don't think there would be anything wrong with staining if you wanted to its just an unnecessary step in most cases with pen blanks. Part if pen turning to me is experimenting with materials and methods. So give it a try.
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Stains are great for making drab woods look nice. Applying a stain to beautiful figured wood often makes it look drab because it hides the figure. Most pen blanks have nicely figured wood which we want to show off. Generally, a clear finish is the best way to do that.

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Bill is right that applying stain to beautifully figured wood often obscures the grain, but dye doesn't. That said, there are so many varieties of pen blanks out there, any color you want is likely to be found without the need to stain or dye it.
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Thanks for the responses.
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