I have dog dishes set in walnut. They look cheap, but there are no
alternative; brass dog dishes don't exist; at least not at a reasonable
Is there any way to darken the SS? I have tried permanent marker, but that
wears off quickly.
Must have been important enough to try permanent marker. I've heard
plenty of silly stuff, but to these people - at that time it was very
important. Given dogs are color blind; mine don't care what color his
food or bowl is.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas A. Edison
If Martha Stewart Designer Doggy Dishes' stock tumbles it's your
I was more concerned about doing something to the dish that would
poison the dog.
"Hey, sorry to hear about your dog."
"Thanks. I'll miss him. His bowl looks great though, doesn't it?"
I've been unsuccessful posting earlier versions of this but I'll try
Black Oxide is the classic dark (anti-glare) finish for SS.
Traditional process is a professional hot chemical process, DIY cold
process exists but result is not as good.
Check with a local plating house for cost....maybe they can piggy back
your job on a bigger one.
I'm not sure about the food safety of black oxide, it is a "conversion
coating", ask the tech folks at the plater.
Finally, since black oxide is a conversion coating & stainless steel
corrosion resistance works by developing a thin layer of chromium
oxide....the two kinda work at cross purposes. The black oxide
gives a good black color but compromises the CrO layer.....SS coated
with black oxide can rust and a dog dish seems like the perfect
environment for corrosion :(
How about a black ceramic dish?
I was reluctant to use a ceramic because there is only a tiny lip to keep
the dish from falling through. But I just bought a hole cutter that could
probably work; so yes, ceramic might be a good choice here.
I appreciate your info on the black oxide.
You might google bluing stainless steel, e.g.:
Stainless of course is more resistant than regular steel but can be
blued and I doubt if dog dishes are of high quality, i.e. high
passivity, of high quality stainless.
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