March 28th, 2012, 06:43 PM
So I know this sounds comical, but I have some honey amber Transtint dye that I'm going to use to tint a neck. I'd rather not travel a half hour and pay $18 for a bottle of brown dye just to use 2 drops, so since Transtint is water based, would I be able to create a brown mixture of food coloring and use that instead?
March 28th, 2012, 07:11 PM
You could. I'd see if it's compatible with denatured alcohol though. It'll raise the grain far less if at all. The only issue I see would be the wood not taking the dye evenly. Maple is pretty hard wood.
March 28th, 2012, 07:39 PM
You may find edible food dye is not light-stable and will fade. Try fabric dyes if you want unusual colours.
March 28th, 2012, 08:03 PM
Wow! Fabric dyes. I never would have thought of that... Thanks...
March 29th, 2012, 12:00 AM
So I ended up doing it and it worked like a dream. The Transtint Honey Amber was overpowering on the first coat, but I started over with a new mixture for the second coat went very brown with more food coloring than Transtint and it worked perfectly. Actually kind of looks dirty which totally works because my body is relic'ed, it's still drying though. At the present time, I couldn't be happier.
March 29th, 2012, 07:50 AM
My body is reliced too, but I'm 57 and you're only 30. Perhaps you immerse in water too often? - that can make you wrinkly. But you're happy, which is great - I'm still pursuing that one.
:wink: - sorry, couldn't resist :oops:
March 29th, 2012, 11:07 AM
Haha, what is going on here?