Horn builders...a question on adding color

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    brazosland

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    You see many horns with the spout end reduced in diameter and carved. This area is also stained a black, or sometimes a honey brown.

    How are those colors applied and what products are used to do it?
     
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    Mix up a solution of Rit dye, full strength or close to it. Put the dye in a quart jar in a double boiler. Bring the solution up to very hot but not boiling. Hang or stand the horn tip in the solution for 20-30 minutes. Make sure it covers all that you want stained.
    Afterwards, any dye that made its way onto the main body of the horn can be easily scraped off with a single edge razor.
     
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    Excuse me, that first cup of coffee hasn't kicked in yet. When standing the tip in the solution is the spout already connected? In other words are we staining just the horn or the wooden spout too?
     
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    Just the horn. Drilled, sanded, not plugged.
     
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    I've seen some folks add vinegar to their RIT to make it "set"....is that not necessary with the high temp dip?

    thanks
     
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    Are we talking about apple cider or white vinegar? Or does it matter?
     
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    Never used vinegar. Never had the need to try it.
    If unsure, you can test it out by soaking the cut off tip before soaking the horn.
     
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    Pickled horn, Yum!
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