Can I use my own blood as a stain for a guitar custom build?

I have always wanted to make an instrument as such a part of me, both figuratively and literally. I was always planning on using at least a bit of my blood with some stain for a guitar. I have originally thought of using a bit of my blood mixed with my blood, but, recently, I was doing my own research on a few Chinese monasteries, and a few old churches, etc. made of wood and stained with blood. Overall, I really liked the colour and look of the blood stained wood. I was curious it whether the blood will have any very negative draw backs on the build and if so, what are they? I figure that the blood will coagulate on the guitar if not kept at room temp before finishing. Any tips, suggestions, advice on the subject? I will be building this guitar myself, and I plan to use quilt maple over white zebra wood top, with a mahogany body.

You can use any blood as a stain, so I suppose you can use your own. Of course any time one deals with human blood, disease will be of some concern – not for you, if it’s your own blood – but for others who may handle the stained item. Most viruses are very fragile, and the mere process of drying would inactivate them, however a few are quite hardy, including the Hepatitis C virus. If others will be handling the stained items, especially within the first year, consider being tested for Hepatitis C before deciding whether to use your own blood.

Past that, "coagulation" won’t be an issue, as for staining you won’t be leaving a lot of blood on the surface – a stain is normally worked into the wood, not left on the surface like paint. That said, the blood used should be used while still fresh, before it separates, if you desire a uniform coloring. If it separates, you can mix it and still use it but the coloring may have a slightly speckled appearance.

Once it completely dries (several weeks, to be safe), you should varnish it to protect the coloring unless you want it to slowly change with use.

2 Responses to “Can I use my own blood as a stain for a guitar custom build?”

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  2. EricM says:

    You can use any blood as a stain, so I suppose you can use your own. Of course any time one deals with human blood, disease will be of some concern – not for you, if it’s your own blood – but for others who may handle the stained item. Most viruses are very fragile, and the mere process of drying would inactivate them, however a few are quite hardy, including the Hepatitis C virus. If others will be handling the stained items, especially within the first year, consider being tested for Hepatitis C before deciding whether to use your own blood.

    Past that, "coagulation" won’t be an issue, as for staining you won’t be leaving a lot of blood on the surface – a stain is normally worked into the wood, not left on the surface like paint. That said, the blood used should be used while still fresh, before it separates, if you desire a uniform coloring. If it separates, you can mix it and still use it but the coloring may have a slightly speckled appearance.

    Once it completely dries (several weeks, to be safe), you should varnish it to protect the coloring unless you want it to slowly change with use.
    References :

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