Tempera paint powder, black, 2 oz. (by volume)
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Our powdered, alcohol solvent dyes are more brilliant, richer, and brighter than other dyes we tested. Each jar will yield approximately 2 quarts of dye, depending on the concentration of the color. These are non-grain raising and soluble in lacquer. The colors included are: amber, brown, black, blue, red, and yellow.
When mixed each ½ ounce of powder yields one to two quarts (depending on color) of good concentration.
These dyes are soluble in denatured or methyl alcohol. When using these dyes to tint lacquer the powders should be dissolved in a mixture of 75% alcohol and 25% acetone, as alcohol alone may precipitate the solids in the lacquer. Acetone also helps accelerate the drying time. The color solution should be strained before adding it to the lacquer and you may also add an ounce of light shellac per quart to give the stain some body and to prevent too deep a penetration.
Add the powder to the liquid (not vice versa). Stir the stain occasionally for one hour. Let stand 8 hours, and then re-stir before using. The liquid stain can be stored for an indefinite period in a glass or ceramic jar. The liquid will not deteriorate in color intensity, but some sediment may form at the bottom of the jar. If this happens strain the liquid through cheesecloth. The stain is applied by any method desirable: brush, dip, rub or spray. It will lighten when dry, but the final color will be determined by the type of finish applied. Shellac or lacquer will redden and brighten the final effect, while an oil varnish will produce a browner tone. The color tone can be padded or reworked at any stage as long as the finish is of a soluble type, which eliminates certain types of impenetrable oil resins and urethanes, except as a final coat. In applying stain it is always better to build up color by a series of lighter washes rather than too a heavy coat. If a filler is being used, apply after the stain has dried completely.
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