A few that I recently made.

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The wooden ones are curly maple dyed with Transtint. The other is Rhinoplatic.

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Love it.

I just received some dyes from Craft Supply. Waiting on some figured maple blanks and then I'll do some experimenting.

I hope mine come out as nicely as yours. Do you sand at after applying the dye? I'm wondering if applying the dye raises the grain.
 

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Thank you all.

After turning, I sand to 1500 to 2000 grit (dry of course), then clean off with DNA. Wait a few minutes, then apply the dye to the desired tone/darkness.
I use a 50/50 dye to DNA solution which is a much higher dye concentration than recommended for Transtint. I wait about 5 minutes between coats but get the blanks pretty warm when applying the dye to hasten drying time. I then wait a full 24 hours. Followed by my usual CA routine. I don't apply much pressure to the CA. It is normal for some dye to come off for the first 2 or 3 coats of CA. I let the CA sit/spin for about 2 minutes before applying any accelerator. In fact, sometimes, I let the first few coats of CA cure without accelerator. I don't want the heat from the reaction to "uncure" the dye. I apply the dye at 200 rpms, then bring it up to 400 as it is drying. After my last coat of CA, I sand as usual 320 forward........Enjoy!
 

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Thank you all.

After turning, I sand to 1500 to 2000 grit (dry of course), then clean off with DNA. Wait a few minutes, then apply the dye to the desired tone/darkness.
I use a 50/50 dye to DNA solution which is a much higher dye concentration than recommended for Transtint. I wait about 5 minutes between coats but get the blanks pretty warm when applying the dye to hasten drying time. I then wait a full 24 hours. Followed by my usual CA routine. I don't apply much pressure to the CA. It is normal for some dye to come off for the first 2 or 3 coats of CA. I let the CA sit/spin for about 2 minutes before applying any accelerator. In fact, sometimes, I let the first few coats of CA cure without accelerator. I don't want the heat from the reaction to "uncure" the dye. I apply the dye at 200 rpms, then bring it up to 400 as it is drying. After my last coat of CA, I sand as usual 320 forward........Enjoy!
Thanks, Tony!
 
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