Dyed WSF and Detail

Discussion in 'Finishing Techniques' started by euphy, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. euphy
    euphy New Member
    Hello folks, got a couple of pieces through today and tried some crimson acid dye on them.

    The first piece is WSF:


    This piece is a mixture of sections of different thicknesses. As you can see, the band itself is a little paler than the loops, and the band is the most solid part. The loops have a lot more surface area, and they are darker. Interestingly, it looks to me that it's really only the rough surface that is dyed to any great extent - I had trimmed an area on the ring band with a knife before dying, and that has hardly taken the colour at all. I think this looks like an icepop.

    The second piece is transparent detail:

    And this looks really nice, very quickly took a pretty deep colour that's a lot nicer than the standard orthopaedic yellow that transparent detail comes in. I'm unconvinced about how hard-wearing it'll be though since it looks like it's just on the surface too. The face shown in the picture is one that I lightly sanded down before dying, and the dye hasn't taken on it evenly like on the unsanded faces. And it's a little bit patchy on the corners.

    ... giveth and taketh away.

    Sandy Noble
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2010
  2. Very interesting stuff. Out of curiosity, how deeply does it look like the dye has saturated? I wondered if it might work better to do any sanding after it's been dyed.

  3. euphy
    euphy New Member
    I'm pretty sure it's literally only on the surface. Polishing the angular transparent detail part with a bit of paper quite quickly wears it off. The WSF is a bit more durable, and I've got to move up to sandpaper to take the colour off it. Underneath it's still slightly tinted, but no deep colour.

    I used Jacquard Acid Dye, boiled for ten minutes. It does look really good, but I don't think it'll stand up to much rough stuff, and the the detail material isn't up to scratch at all. I might try the same on some white detail material in the future.