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I do bone carvings. I work with different kinds of bone. In Sweden hunting season for moose is of, but I have plenty of beef bone. Two weeks ago, I got a friendly gift of bone of wild boars. Thus, the question I have concerns bone in general, but not from a specific animal. I am looking for a neet and cleen way for coloring engravings black vs brown. I mainly make different kinds of household items, such as handles and weaving tools, so I need something that can survive the everyday wear and tear. I am also a viking reenactor, so the items must fit a prehistoric environment. That means I prefer recepies with engredients i can get from nature, from modern inventions like acrylics and such. Not because it's better, but because it brings me closer to what I am trying to show with my gear. I have tried pulverised charcoal (just comes of) and applying strong solutions of tea, madder and onion peels (needs boling to stay put). I have been using acetic acid when preparing the items before coloring (24%). The problem is that I want the engraving colored WITHOUT letting the entire object soak in color. Preferably, I need something I can rub into the engravings. Any recepies, anyone? Can I secure the color with wax or something? O, and did I mention I want to be able to wash them in dishwashing liquid without the color fading? Am I asking to much now?