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Old 09-09-2008, 07:55 AM   #1
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Has anyone used food coloring on wood?
How much coloring do you use?
I will do some experimenting with color concentration on scrap wood but I was hopeing that someone else has gone this route before.
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I have used the food coloring that comes in a paste. I mix it with water to get the shade that I want. It worked well.
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G'day Rolf,
I've used the stuff that comes in little bottles. A little goes along waaaaaaaaaaaaaay.
It tends to strike into the timber like stain, so darkens on end grain.

I used it full strength as I was making some kiddies blocks.

I don't know what that stuff does to your insides, but wear rubber gloves, because it don't want to come of your hands.
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I have used the food coloring that comes in a paste. I mix it with water to get the shade that I want. It worked well.
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Are you talking about the concentrated stuff like cake decorators use (Wilton)? Never thought of thinning with H2O, but just a tiny piece--one the end of a toothpick--colors quite a bit of icing.

Got some scraps out back, might just try some on some ornament cuttings this afternoon. Will take pics.
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Yes Jim the Wilton ones. I had some old ones that were drying up and decided not to let them go to waste. Tried a few different ones and it came out very nice. I cut out a puzzle of an aquarium with a fish in it and that's what I use on it. The water comes out colored but not too dark as to cover up the wood. Same as for the cake start with a bit on the end of a toothpick.
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Thanks all for giving me a starting point.
I have the small bottles that have been in the cabinet forever.
I will give it a try tonight.
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Homer and Carol Bishop use this method too. Check out the Morning Glory Cross (Issue# 30 page 18) Geesh- don't you people read those articles we spend hour after laborious hour putting together? I'm kidding - hope you find some of their pointers useful... They caution to allow the colorant to dry and apply your finish on scrap wood to see the true end color. One tidbit that was cut for space was that they created a grey for an elephant - liked it and used it on the project - when dry it turned to a shade of purple.
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Purple elephants? Must be havin' a flashback!
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Heard of pink elephants but not purple ones. Purple people eater I've heard of.

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Yes I do read the articles. I had already used the food coloring a few years ago before that issue came out. For any kind of finishing or dye you should always use a scrap first and check it out. I tried a water based dye on a piece of maple Monday and will only be doing the actually dying next week. By then I will know what it looks like.
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Will the piece you intend to dye with food coloring be subjected to a lot of UV rays??If so, I would suggest using some other means of coloring it.
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