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    Any thoughts on where I could find lye flakes (Gillets Lye)? Have tried the local CTC, and our largest grocery store without luck. We also have a HD and Lowes to be visited as well. I have some lovely, but very pink cherry wood that I would like to darken for a jewellery box under construction. Thanks for any info, Roy
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    Re: Lye- where to find

    Originally posted by Roy in Thunder Bay View Post
    Any thoughts on where I could find lye flakes (Gillets Lye)? Have tried the local CTC, and our largest grocery store without luck. We also have a HD and Lowes to be visited as well. I have some lovely, but very pink cherry wood that I would like to darken for a jewellery box under construction. Thanks for any info, Roy
    Drano is mainly lye Roy, soap makers use lye, any place that has supplies for them should have it, I don’t know in what form, liquid or crystal/flakes
    Maybe HD has it, but as Sodium Hydroxide, rather than lye.
    Last edited by Leo Van Der Loo; 12-29-2018, 10:38 AM.

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      Re: Lye- where to find

      Try your local Home Hardware
      Bob just past Ayr

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        Re: Lye- where to find

        Won't vinegar do the same? Lye is a bit more dangerous and corrosive. NO? Cherry will darken on it's own too, even after a finish is applied.
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          Re: Lye- where to find

          A chemicals supplier should be able to supply, This is where I used to get mine : http://www.bscchem.com/bscchem.com/containers.html You may have a similar store where you live?

          cheers

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            Re: Lye- where to find

            I wasn't aware lye could be used to darken cherry but as Bob said...

            https://www.homehardware.ca/en/500g-...aner/p/3226432

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              Re: Lye- where to find

              As Leo mentioned, soapmakers use lye. I buy mine from either Candora in London, ON or from Canwax in Huntsville. Both will ship but in 1 kg or smaller packages only.
              The difference between a master and a beginner: The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

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                Re: Lye- where to find

                Thanks for all the replies, have some good leads to follow. Roy
                Are you solving the problem, or becoming part of it?

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