Well, I have never done a blog before, so here I go.
I just just recently learned much more about finishing techniques. So far I basically do small things such as ornaments since they are quick. The most recent I have learned is to soak my pieces in some kind of oil. All I have here right now is mineral oil, and I first used that on a cake topper I made for our son’s wedding. For the past couple of months I have been soaking everything I do and have found the pieces look much better and even feel a bit different.
I have also learned more about sand paper grits. Boy was this a surprise for me. We recently visited a friend in Springfield MO who usually does egg carvings but has recently learned to do pyrography. (can’t spell that right) Anyways, her husband has cut her some oak boards that were so shiny I had to ask how he did it. He explained about the grits of the sand paper so I talked it over with Jaun and we decided to try it. The highest grit I have been playing with is 800 and I was totally taken by surprise at how my pieces felt and looked. I am still learning this, and now am waiting to buy an orbital sander.
-- Cherie Lee