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Face Vase 
 
The way I got the dark background was accidental. 
I was trying to finish the inside and I poured in the wipe-on varnish and rolled 
the piece around. About the time the vase was coated inside, the liquid was 
gone. It was absorbed into the wood.
I did this about three times before I figured out what was going on. I then used 
white glue inside, brushing all the surfaces, then used a wet paper towel to 
wipe up and smooth out the excess. This was to seal the inside so the varnish 
would no longer soak in. 
Then I gave the inside a number of coats of varnish, plus more coats on the 
outside. 
The effect though, is that the thin wood went dark from the varnish soaking into 
the wood, and the thick areas stayed light as the wood did not get as much 
varnish. 
I don't know how it would work if I planned for that, but it had an effect 
anyway. 
BTW, I had dripped some vegetable oil on the inside a few weeks ago and it bled 
through. About a week later, the oil had dissipated, absorbed by the surrounding 
wood so there was no sign of it. 
 
Roger Stegman
rstegman@juno.com. 
 
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   3/19/2006

 

 

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