Use of Van Dyke Crystal Stain for Ebonising Oak
I have shown a weak mixture and a stronger mixture to show how the effect can be varied.
Pic 1: Packet of Van Dyke Crystals and a plain oak box.
Pic 2: Brushing on the stain, this is about 3 full teaspoons mixed with half a cup hot water.
Pic 3: Samples showing one coat stain, diluted as above and 3 times the amount of crystals, the second is the effect desired.
Pic's 4&5: second coat stain being applied.
Pic 6: Having stained two coats and then sealed with two coats shellac, cutting box for hinging.
Pic 7: Open box ready for hinging.
Pic 8: Hinges and clasp fitted and ready for staining inside.
Pic 9: Shows first coat stain applied.
Pic 10&11: Second coat stain applied and three coats shellac. Desired effect can be enhanced with a coat of wax.
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