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The way I know of is to apply a really dark stain, sand it very lightly, apply whatever color you're going for and then clear coat it.
 

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There are pictures in my gallery of some experiments I was working on with dies and curly maple. I was making some custom pick guards for guitars at the time. I just used a water based die (trade secret here...Easter egg die). I put one of pictures of a test piece at the bottom.

Another member Charles Neil posted a video on how to make tiger maple pop. Maybe between the 2 techniques you can come up with something. Edit: I tried to link that specific video, but it did not work. It is here (along with alot of other cool stuff) http://www.antiquesbuiltdaily.com/tips.htm .
The tiger maple video is under the "sanding/finishing" heading.
 

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Another member Charles Neil posted a video on how to make tiger maple pop. Maybe between the 2 techniques you can come up with something. Edit: I tried to link that specific video, but it did not work. It is here (along with alot of other cool stuff) http://www.antiquesbuiltdaily.com/tips.htm .
The tiger maple video is under the "sanding/finishing" heading.
Well that's the link of the day! Thanks!
 
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