Take 1 qt. alcohol, 3 oz. ground turmeric, 1 1/2 oz. powdered gamboge. When steeped to its full strength, strain through fine muslin. It is then ready for use. Apply with a piece of fine sponge, giving the work 2 coats. When dry, sandpaper down very fine. It is then ready for polish or varnish, and is a good imitation of satinwood.
The wood is treated in a bath made up with 4 1/2 oz. olive-oil, the same weight of soda-ash, and 2 1/2 pints boiling water, and it is then dyed with magenta to which a corresponding quantity of tin crystals has been added.