Monday, April 09, 2012
Dyed and Etched Elm Bowl
This elm bowl measures 7 ½" across x 3" high. On the inside of the bowl I was having a devil of a time getting a smooth surface on the grainy parts - elm can be very difficult that way. So, difficulty being one source of creative opportunity, I used a rotary tool to etch along the grain lines throughout the inside of the bowl, as shown in the first two photos. The resulting roughness makes a nice contrast, I think, with the smooth areas. I dyed the inside of the bowl with scarlet Spirit dye, an alcohol based dye, which produced a nice intense color. Some of the dye penetrated all the way through, which created the colored areas on the outside of the bowl. The bowl is finished with several coats of Minwax Wipe-on Polyurethane (Gloss).