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Peach Pits in Maine


john in maine

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Thank you John in Maine,

 

The limitations of the peach pits spurs the abstracting imagination. Seeing these reminds me of how luscious a carving material the pit is, the only drawback being the predetermined negative spaces! Did you color the material at all?

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Hi Janel -

Thanks for looking and posting a response!

I haven't yet tried coloring the pits...at this point the process

is to sand, scrape, oil, and buff. I have used Danish Oil, Tung Oil,

and am now experimenting with less harsh smelling oils. I am interested to try

the method Ko Baas uses ( and demonstrates on his website ) for dyeing

the material he's working on using a brief immersion in boiling clothing dye.

 

Thanks again from John

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I tried to color the one pit I carved, with very little success. The material is only porous, or rather textured enough to hold color, at it's very surface, that which holds the flesh of the fruit to the pit. I finally used artist's oil paint, and had to let it dry for weeks before taking any further steps. Boiling in fabric dye might tend to remove some oils from the material and assist the retention of color in the oil/voids. I also did not try using an acid to etch the material, as used for mammoth tusk or antler. There are some threads refering to acid (acetic acid used by photography processes) on TCP.

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