I just finished carving my wife a bracelet out of some walnut I had laying
around. Now it's time to throw on some finish and I'm not sure what to do.
I'm sure this thing will take a ton of abuse, but I can't say I'd want to it
to look like I dipped it in plastic.
Wax... just like Lignum Vitae finishing. Johnson's Floor Wax.... multiple
coats across many days. Wait at least 24 hrs between coats. Use steel wool
to prepare for the first 3 coats, then cotton rags after. It will last a
life-time and easy to touch up when dinged.
I think on a bracelet, I would use something like a polyurethane
finish..once if it dry they will be no bleed off of worry of rub off
finish on the skin and there should not be any skin irratation with
I am with you 100%.
I think a water resistive finish is a must. When a little sweat
(sorry, "glow") hits the bracelet and penetrates a wax finish, the
oils in the walnut will come out. And it wouldn't be too great to
have that bracelet turn someone's arm purple. Not good at all.
Finish with poly, and steel wood to the proper sheen. I would think
since it is only a bracelet, you don't have to put more than a couple
of coats on it. I would just buy a rattle can and be done with it.
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