Triple-Dyed bocote modified trimline

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Alchemist

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I was reading a thread the other day about dyes and bleach and wood grains and such. I posted I wanted to try Bocote. So, I did.

Method:

Bleached a whole blank for four hours. Let dry.

Three days later get it on the lathe, turn to shape, sand 400-12k grits.

Application of dyes were Fiebing’s leather dyes
USMC black (a flat black really), followed by sanding, then yellow, and red. Then using a method as learned from pipe dyeing... use rubbing alcohol (91%) to blend in. Then final sanding with a CA finish.

I really enjoyed making this pen! I feel it finished wonderfully. Of course, I’m biased.
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magpens

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WOW !!!

Looks just like Bocote !!!! . LOL !! . ( And I love the look of Bocote !! )

I love the way you have featured the transitions between materials, both at the center and the ends !!!

Thanks for providing all the details of your process !! . Very well done !!!
 

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I would like to see that pen beside a bocote one that didnt have the colour bleached out and then colour re-applied........just for a comparison.

I suspect that the color would be nearly the same... I should have turned the pen to near finish, then bleached it. It would have been more striking, I think. The blank bleached out about 1/4 through.


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I find this really interesting as one of things I love about pen turning is there are so many options. I have yet to make exact pen/blank combo twice.

Curious. Did you just use regular household bleach? Did you dilute with water? Can I assume the bleaching took place before you glued the tube in?


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I find this really interesting as one of things I love about pen turning is there are so many options. I have yet to make exact pen/blank combo twice.

Curious. Did you just use regular household bleach? Did you dilute with water? Can I assume the bleaching took place before you glued the tube in?


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House hold bleach- straight. I wanted to see if the bleach would take the color out. It didn’t penetrate deep enough to make a change after turning, but definitely would have went white if done that way. There is a thread on here with a link to bleaching and dying without a vacuum somewhere. It was all fairly interesting.

I will turn a cocobolo blank on my next day off to see what happens.


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I have some very special Cocobolo I will bleach one day I do like the extra meat on the pen at the tip (to be sure to be sure).You acheived best finishing and thanks for the many pictures.

Peter.
 
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