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Walnut Crystals

Walnut Crystals is a water-based  natural dye that has been used for centuries to color raw wood.

When 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 color.

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 finish

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


Denatured alcohol acts like lens to the true color of the wood without removing walnut crystals. Let dry overnight. On small section wipe with denatured alcohol.

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.

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