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Questions on making wood toys

Sweet Louise

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I have a couple of questions
I am getting ready to dye my next batch of wood blocks. I have tried a couple of methods of drying them (on paper towels, on real towels...). All those methods result in one side (the side sitting down) having the color pulled out. I don't want to go back and re-dye one side as I have hundreds of blocks to do. How do you dry toys so the color ends up even?

On FB, someone is selling kiln dried hardwood-Oak, walnut, and one other I can't recall. He says they are clean, no chemicals, no preservative, no stain/polyurethane, just wood he buys and then sells the scraps. He said they are pretty dry and will crack easily. He is selling 40 pound boxes for $5-$8 dollars. Says most of his customer use the wood for making bird houses or for campfire kindling.
I did buy a box-most are perfect parrot sized, some would need to be cut in half/thirds. Does this sound like the type of wood that can be used? I believe I have mostly used pine and balsa/buy in bulk from Avian Antics (I think that is the shops name). I need to make toys for my bird/friends birds and the local rescue would like some for Macaws and Cockatoos (and others)

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Place the dyed wood on a metal rack or piece of metal fencing. Place bricks or blocks under the metal rack/fencing to keep it up. Put paper underneath to catch the drips.
 

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I use a wire mesh or like a cooling rack that you would put baked goods on to cool, those are called cooling racks.
 

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I use thin towels but I also dye with isopropyl alcohol, so I feel like I have minimal ghosting? So it could depend a bit on how you are dyeing. Otherwise yeah, using wire racks is the way to go.

I think oak and walnut are often on Not Safe lists.
 

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Thank you for the replies. Looks like I have some kindling for campfires and that is ok. Thanks for the responses, the safety aspect is most imp. I don't want to take chances.
And will look on amazon for something wired for drying toys. @Mizzely, I also use isopropyl alcohol. Thinking I should let them also stay in the dye a bit longer.
 

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I just do a quick dip :)

Definitely would look at cooling racks If you're looking on Amazon!
 

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