Black walnuts trees are a wonderful addition to ones property. Not only do black walnut trees provide nuts for cakes and muffins, but black walnuts can be turned into a warm rich stain. I use the stain for coloring reed when making baskets, for staining old wood furniture and for coloring gourds.
Step 1: Find a five gallon bucket and clean it out really good. Then fill the bucket with boiling water about half way. This will make about one and a half gallons of stain when finished.
Step 2: Gather up about forty or fifty of the walnuts that are on the ground. The more walnuts one may add the darker the mixer. The amount that I have given 40 or 50 is for a light to medium stain. (A good pair of gloves will protect ones hands from being stained when working with black walnuts).
Step 3: Take a hammer and open each nut up ensuring the inside is visible. This will make it easier for the water to absorb the tanning from the nuts. Use the entire nut , outside hulls and inside nuts in the process.
Step 4: Take about twenty pennies and put them in the water. This will help stabilize the mixer once it is complete.
Step 5: Add the walnuts to the water this will make the bucket about two thirds full. Stir them around with a paint stick or whatever stick one may use for this sort of thing.
Step 6: Move it to a remote location in the basement or garage preferably someplace where it will not freeze. Put a lid on the top of it or something to cover it.
Step 7: Let the mixer stand for about sixty days and check it to make sure it is finished by staining a piece of wood or something else
Step 8: After the mixer has been checked and is satisfactory then it can be bottled up for use. Take the mixer outside and use old jars or Mason Jars to pour it into. Once they are filled then they can be stored until one is ready to use them. These can be used for a variety of antiquing type craft projects.
The stain will be as natural as can be and will add primitive beauty to any project in the home. Natural stains are also something that one can have the satisfaction of knowing I made that.
Do-It Yourself projects are always the best and mixing ones own stain will give your crafts and home projects that unique look.