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    here is my first attempt at fuming some Cherry...the piece was fumed over night and I was hoping it would of been a little darker..

    this is how I fumed the piece...

    this is the looks darker in the picture...

    maybe I need to use a better grade of Ammonia rather than the cheap stuff that I bought at wal-mart for 98 cents....

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  • #2
    that is an ingenious fuming tray.
    I always thought those little pizza savers were only good for doll furniture!

    I wonder if heating the ammonia would speed things up.
    Maybe putting it under a lamp may help.

    If you want a source of stronger ammonia you may try a refrigeration repair shop. I am not sure if "blue prints" are still common, but that would be another source.

    It is getting harder to access though since it is commonly used to make crystal meth!
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    • #3


      There is a posibilty, that some of the woods you used will not fume as well as others.

      You also, may want to try making up some "tannin tea" and then brushing it on the woods (soak some teabags in hot water)

      Naturally, stronger ammonia will work better then the household ammonia, to get the best results at fuming is to use woods that are high in tannin.

      Keep experimenting, its only your first try.

      Good Luck


      • #4
        Call the Orkin man already...heal take care of your fumigation problems lickity split

        but seriously, I saw a guy on tv doing this. DIY...David Marks I think he is. His show is called woodworks, and he likes doing more unusual woodworking methods like fuming wood, ageing copper, and what not. You can find him on the DIY website and get his email address.
        I do that sort of thing with people, like authors, all the time.
        Pretty sure his method involved tinfoil. I'm no expert, but maybe it was tinfoil, and the amonia has a reaction with it? Or maybe I'm thinking of some other scientific hoohaw that that guy made. He seems to like mixing chemicals.
        Jeff Powell


        • #5
          Patinated Finishes

          David Marks, is known for his "patinated" finishes. where certain chemicals are applied to tinfoils and most of the natural organic metals like copper, bronze, pewter, etc., (except gold or pure gold leafing) the different chemicals react and etch the metals by adding various colors and patterns on the metal substrates creating a wonderful artform.

          I don't use the chemicals to do this, I use coloured glazes to simulate patinated finishes. If your interested in adding color to your scrolling instead of just using clear coats, if your interested, you can e-mail me, and I will send you the link to my "faux patinated finishes".


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