I picked up a nice piece of driftwood this week. Nice dark part and a "blonde" part... I thought that it would be a cool contrast within the same piece. pic 1
I plunked it in a pot to boil out some of the tannins and other crap. Pic 2
Then I dumped it, added fresh water and boiled it again. I am doing this at work as it would be hard to keep this a Christmas surprise... boiling wood, rinsing sand. They think I am nuts... nothing new. pic 3
Crap, I hope that stuff comes off of my wife's pot... more surprises fro Christmas than we bargained for perhaps.
Anyway, this is what the water looks like and I am on my fourth boiling session... no change in the water. pic 4
The wood is now a more uniform reddish colour. I wonder if that will settle down once I stop boiling the darn thing. I think I dyed the blonde part dark and lost the effect of the two colours.... I have some ideas to fix that though. pic 5
I'm going to add some more holes but drill from the back and bottom so they don't look like drilled holes... probably need to boil it once more after that to colour the little bit of freshly exposed wood the same as the rest .
One of these days you will see an actual picture that includes things like water (clear water), sand under the water and this hunk of wood looking like it is at the bottom of a riverbed... liberal application of imagination needed of course.