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Coloured Sycamore Sweetie Bowl

My girlfriend celebrated her ‘something’ birthday last week, and I thought that as she loves chocolate and sweet things (must be why she likes me! Lol), I would turn her a dish where she can keep her sweets and chocolate.

I had 9×4″ blank of sycamore in the shop and thought it would be ideal for the project. But sycamore is a little bit bland most of the time, so I thought some colour on the outside would be a great way to liven it up a bit. So, after turning the bowl with a slight hollow to the interior walls, I went to town on the colouring, using yellow, red, light blue, dark blue and purple.

As you can see from the thumbnail above, the colour looked a bit of a mess after it had been applied! No bother though as to blend it all together, I used (which is not in the video below) methylated spirit (denatured alcohol) in a spray and then went over the top with a load more yellow to blend and mix the colours. The result a is a subtle blend of colours that reminds me of an apple.

20160310_102537To finish, I used a foodsafe oil on the inside of the piece and then a new version of Hampshire Sheen which has been made to produce a high gloss on the outside. It’s not often I turn a piece where you can see reflections in it so clearly – I think this version of Hampshire Sheen is now ready for market!

Check out the video below where I go into some detail of the process, mostly of the colouring. And below that are some more pictures.[membership level=”0″]


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