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Another great hint for dying wood is to simply ‘dot’ it with paint.  You’ll end up with a very eye-pleasing confetti-look.

                     Thank You Andrea F., CO
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Colorants to use:
Kopykake Kroma Kolors (airbrush)  (available thru Parrot Toy Angels)
VitaCritter   (available thru Parrot Toy Angels)
Wilton’s Gel Food Coloring (available at WalMart & Bakeries)
USDA Food Coloring  (available at Fred’s & Bakeries)

Colorants can be mixed with:
Water
Alcohol (70% Rubbing Alcohol)
Vinegar

Alcohol:
Remove approximately 1 ounce of alcohol from 16 oz.  bottle.  Replace with approximately 1 ounce of colorant.  Shake well to mix.  
Advantages of using alcohol are:  
•acts as a disinfectant on the toy parts
•does not need to be refrigerated after mixing
•dries quickly
•can be stored in the bottle until needed again.  
Pour mixture into container of your choice, dip wood/parts and dry well.  For more vivid colors, redip as many times as needed.  DRY WELL before offering to your birds.  
NOTE:  The alcohol evaporates when dry.

Hot Water:
Mix approximately 1 quart hot water (may be microwaved) to approximately 1 ounce of colorant.  Mix MUST be refrigerated.  Will mold quickly!!

Vinegar:
May be used to help set colors.  Optional.

TIPS:
•Use disposable containers (Gladware, etc.) for coloring
•Dry each color separately so colors don’t bleed
•Lay flat on doubled up newspaper, cardboard box or wire baking racks to dry  
•Make sure parts are thoroughly dry before using!
•Warm the colorant in hot water for ease in mixing
•There is no exact “recipe” for mixing coloring.  Experiment until you achieve the colors you’re looking for.
•Kool-Aid is NOT recommended!
WOOD DYING INFO
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Cheepparrottoys@netscape.net
We’ll make sure to include it here!!