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Walnut Crystals is a water-based natural dye that has been used for centuries to color raw wood.
dissolved in hot natural spring water in a ratio of one ounce walnut
crystal to 4 ounces of hot water, the result is a dark rich ruddy brown
Note: If wood has a surface coating (i.e. painted finish)
strip piece entirely. Be sure to remove all layers of paint, dirt and
lacquer. If item is not entirely cleaned the result will be a blotchy
Ingredients: Walnut Crystals are derived from black walnut husks.
Instructions: Preparation of Piece
Step 1: After stripping, thoroughly sand with 220 red garnet paper. Pay special attention to corners and edges.
Step 2: Follow with a good rinsing with denatured alcohol which can be purchased at your local hardware store.
Step 3: Clean entire piece with water let dry. Sand with 220 red garnet sandpaper to remove wood whiskers.
Step 4: Now you are ready to apply walnut crystals
How to Apply Walnut Crystals
Step 1: Using brush or rag apply walnut crystals to wood.
Item will be as dark as you have made the walnut crystal solution.
Step 2: Allow to soak for 2-minutes. Wipe off excess.
Step 3: Let object dry overnight
alcohol acts like lens to the true color of the wood without removing
walnut crystals. Let dry overnight. On small section wipe with denatured
If wood is too light make a stronger solution and repeat steps
If wood is too dark wipe with clear water and repeat steps with weaker solution
This surface must be sealed, preferably with Shellac
Walnut Crystals are Organic, Non-Toxic and Environmentally Safe
Sold here in Crystal form in 1 pound (16 oz.), 1/2 pound (8 oz.) and 1/4 pound (4 oz.) sizes.
*Read product description before ordering.
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