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Posted on Sealing Carvings w/ Wipe-on Poly vs Boiled Linseed Oil

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#1 posted 12-17-2018 03:15 AM

Woodcarvings such as chip carvings or reliefs have a lot of exposed end grain and undercuts that will absorb paint or stain like a sponge if not sealed. The results will be blotchy and unpredictable. On the reliefs I carved based on the graphic designs of M. C. Escher, I selectively stain some features to bring out the lines, textures, etc. In order to keep the stain contained where I want it I seal the entire carving with water-based polyacrylic before staining. There are many examples among my projects posted on this site.

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