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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 2778 days ago

Hey Kat: I’m not sure what your project is, but if it is small, a trick I learned several years ago making knives might work. When I have a wood that is light color, and I want to keep it that way, I use Thin CA glue as a light “finish” over the wood before applying any other type of wood finish. I used spalted hackberry once that had some great black and green spalting lines that would just blend with the white background wood whenever I used any type of wood finish. I tried the CA glue method, and the colors held, allowing the sharp contrasts in color to show. After the CA glue is dry, I lightly sanded the wood, and applied a regular finish such as lacquer, or polyurethane. I did this on a handle and some accent striping on a carving chisel carrying case I made several years ago, and the Hackberry is still fairly light in color, although not as light as it used to be. If you could give some details about your project, maybe someone has something that would work better for you.
Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com


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