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Forum topic by SanDLL posted 07-09-2018 07:50 AM 460 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2018 07:50 AM

Hi guys,

I’m getting married in the beginning of August. Instead of classic flower brooch bouquets I designed wooden brooch sized 4×5 x 0,4cm (about 1-5/8’’ x 2’’ x ?’’ – sry, I’m not familiar with imperial measurements).

My main concern is its finish. I want to achieve deeper colors as I can get with oiling. I planned on using Tikkurila oil – they dry fast and are solid. But you probably know how this goes… everyone wears their favourite dress and I wouldn’t like to see that due to higher temperature, sweating or sun, brooch would leave some kind of mark on a dress.

What I’m basically asking is to get any intel if oil stays solid and wont leave a mark and what other finish would you suggest for hand application that would deepen woods colors when applied (as oil does).

Last brooch is a test version (saw marks), oiled.


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#1 posted 07-09-2018 11:55 AM

That is some nasty stuf. Why not just use polyurethane?


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#2 posted 07-09-2018 12:46 PM

That is some nasty stuf. Why not just use polyurethane?

- mahdee


I doubt the end result will look like it’s been oiled. I used poly once before – poly film was OK, but the “inside” was dryed.

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#3 posted 07-09-2018 02:25 PM

Seems like you have more a week to let finish cure, which leaves a lot of options unless you live in polar reagion?

Suggest Tried & True Danish Oil or Varnish Oil.

They use food safe catalyst to cure BLO and creates nice oil finish.
After a 24-48 hours the Danish Oil will not easily transfer when rubbed with cloth. (that is how you check if it is cured).

Could also use the Varnish Oil, which will seal the oil into wood with light resin coating that is not heavy like a polyurethane. Cures in 24 hours provided weather is warm and dry.

Be sure to follow instructions for soak time, and removing excess material to get fastest cure time.

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