I wanted to make my own stain. I took some berries and crushed them,
I applied like regular stain and it seemed to work great. What
happened then was that a drip of water landed on my wood and the
stain lifted. What can be done to something like berry juice to
make it stick to the wood? I read that some have used alum but
I have no idea why/if that would work. If someone could shed some
light on stain making I would love it!
With every color of the rainbow with all manner of application for
dyes, tints and stains available right off the shelf, I can't think of
why you would want to make your own.
The stains you make will not likely be color fast, nor will you have
have any idea of how they will react with top coats of oil, solvent,
or water based finishes.
Stains can be made from anything. The old Mexican "rough" or "rancho"
style furniture that is now called "rustic" by those smart enough to
sell it, was finshed with a black glaze for probably 50 years.
The glaze was made by putting gasoline in a bucket, then tossing in a
chunk of roofing tar for low slope application. (The kind that goes
in a hot tar kettle). It turns black, blackish brown, or really dark
brown depending on the actual chunk you put in and how long you leave
it. It actually makes a nice glaze, it just takes a long time to cure
out to get rid of the smell of gas.
I thought that was really unique until I saw Michael Dresdner
commenting on his experiences with the same, exact glaze.
The most common mordants are alum and, of course, urine.
if you ever weave yourself a Chinese carpet, you can soak it in a bath of
urine of one of your domestic animals - Yak is good, but camel or goat are
quite effective too - and spread it out on the roof in the hot sun for a few
This will make the neighbours aware of your new hobby and they will almost
certainly contact you to discuss your interest. It's a great way of breaking
the ice when you move somewhere new.
Anyone here still have an Afghan coat?
I remember reading that the American Indians appreciated mother nature's math..
A deer has exactly enough brains to treat one deer skin, or something like
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It needs to be locked under a sealing coat of finish. Try spraying, not
brushing, shellac. Brushing will lift the stain. By the way, there is a
good chance that the stain will fade more quickly than other types.
Vegetable dyes are, but not always, very fade susceptible.
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