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Old 07-15-2003, 02:07 PM   #1
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Default Staining new imitation ivory

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Does anyone know of a way to stain new imitation ivory so it will match the old tobacco coloured ones on say a 1970s set of Hardies or Henderson's? I have had to replace the blowpipe stock due to a serious crack and the new imitation ivory doesn't match. I have tried soaking in tea but no go. Any ideas? Thanks
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Old 07-15-2003, 03:09 PM   #2
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You could try spary paint. Other than this rather odd method I have no idea...

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Old 07-15-2003, 03:48 PM   #3
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I'm not sure, either. But thinking of the color you're trying to approach (I assume the more orange tinge--or is yours brown?), and considering "stainability", have you considered saffron?
You could make a paste of the spice, possibly even with a solvent (to drive it in further). This is just a guess, so if you have something similar to test it on, it might be a wise precaution. Good luck.
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Old 07-17-2003, 08:07 AM   #4
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Hi there, hope this helps.
You can dye this material with polyester DYLON dyes which can be bought at haberdashery stores.
Heat the dye up in a pan to about 50 degs c (or what is on instructions) stick in for a couple of mins and check. Repeat until colour is matched.
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Old 07-17-2003, 09:08 AM   #5
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Or call around to some of the folks who repair pipes, they may have an old mount or two hanging about that would do just fine.
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Old 07-17-2003, 09:33 AM   #6
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Thanks all for the advice. I have some wood stain at home and might try a wee bit o'that on the inside to check. Otherwise I will call Dunbar as he remounts pipes I believe.
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Old 07-17-2003, 09:40 AM   #7
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I've heard of people staining real ivory with a strong batch of tea.
Might work for imitation ivory too.

MIGHT is the operative word here, I've never tried it.

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Old 07-17-2003, 01:04 PM   #8
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I don't know about staining the ivory on my pipes and don't know if I'd try this on mine but the old timers used to "age" the ivory on their pistol grips by soaking them in a mixture of used motor oil and kerosene. I can't remember for how long though seems to me it was 12 to 24 hours. Like I said, with the price of ivory and unless I could do all of them at once I don't know if I'd try it. I don't really know if this or any stain would work on artifical as the material is not as porus as real ivory.
You might try looking through this site, he does alot of ivory repair.
http://www.acrylikey.co.uk/
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Old 07-17-2003, 01:34 PM   #9
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Thanks Brad and Renny

Just to clarify, it is imitation ivory not real ivory that I want to stain. If I had a full ivory set of pipes I don't think I would be muckin about. Thanks again
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Old 07-18-2003, 06:03 AM   #10
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If aging the new plastic isn't working, how about having the others turned down a bit to expose new material? It shouldn't take very much off. Just a thought.
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