- Step 1: Place steel wool in a jar Place a piece of steel wool with no soap on it in one of the glass jars.
- TIP: Make sure you are using real steel wool, not synthetic.
- Step 2: Pour vinegar into the jar Pour white vinegar into the jar, covering the steel wool completely.
- TIP: Use plastic jars with plastic lids to avoid rust.
- Step 3: Soak the steel wool Place the lid tightly on the jar and let the steel wool soak for 48 hours. The steel wool will dissolve.
- Step 4: Strain the liquid with a filter Strain the liquid through the coffee filter into the other jar to remove any extra steel wool debris.
- Step 5: Brush the solution onto the wood Brush the solution onto the wood, wiping off any excess with the rags.
- TIP: Using a darker wood will result in a darker finish. Apply multiple coats to achieve your desired shade.
- Step 6: Brush ammonia onto the wood When the wood is as dark as you want it, brush ammonia onto the wood to neutralize the solution and stop the dying process.
- FACT: Did you know? The ebony tree is vital to the tourism industries in Kenya and Tanzania, where ebony wood carvings are popular with tourists.
You Will Need
- Steel wool
- 2 plastic jars
- White vinegar
- A coffee filter
- A paint brush