|I don't know. Really, I don't. I get asked this question at least three times a week and for someone like me who pretends to know everything it's really frustrating to tell people that I don't have a clue. |
I don't. Here's why:
How the color of the dye is perceived works is a function of the color of the dye, the strength (dilution) of the dye, the underlying color of the wood underneath it, the texture of the wood and how the sheen of the wood reflects light, the color of the topcoat over the dye, the lighting on the piece, and the color of the piece next to the dyed piece. I might have left out a few criteria but that's the gist of it. Look at the following examples:
|All the examples use the same walnut dye at the same strength. Of course you can vary the strength of the dye and the intensity of the color just by diluting the dye. |
Same dye, same strength, on two different types of bare wood (poplar and pine)
Same dye, Same strength, on poplar. Top coated with blond shellac on the left, no topcoat on the right.
The previous samples were photographed under natural sunlight near a window. This picture is of the same wood but under regular fluorescent lighting.
Here is a walnut stain sample surrounded by a dark or light border.
Do you see what I mean.
In part two (which may or may not be the next blog entry) I'll talk about things I discuss when in spite of my ignorance I try to help people get the
color dye they want.
Note: Due to the way I like to photograph things the pictures are redder than they are in real life.
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