Recently I have made a new batch of stain and I will be trying to mix the colour into other mediums, alcohol and mineral spirits for example. I am partial to the water based dye (stain) because it is fast drying and easy to clean up. I am also going to simmer the brown stained goo on a camp stove for a bit to see if the colour can be concentrated more.
|walnuts, skin on after soaking for 2 years.|
When mucking around with stains I like foam disposable brushes. I am not a throw things out guy, but there is a point where brushes just get too corrupt and you can't be sure you won't pick up colour left on the brush if you use it again.
I am steadily trying to improve the results of my finishing. Carpentry is only one part of the equation when you are a wood worker, and usually finishing is the the last part of the equation to receive the dedication that it deserves.