Durable & flexible finish for chopsticks

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Forum topic by henrya posted 02-09-2016 02:21 AM 520 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2016 02:21 AM

I make chopsticks out of walnut, cherry and maple and then paint the tops of them with acrylic paint and sometimes copper leafing.

I’m looking for a very durable finish to protect them against paint coming off/leaf tarnish and overall scratching. (Care instructions advise against abrasive scrubbing, submerging in water for long periods and washing in dishwasher).

Currently I am using three coats of Varathane Interior No-Odor Water-Based in satin.
This is providing the protection I need but I’m faced with two challenges: 1) The copper leafing is cracking after a couple months of use. Probably due to the flexing of the wood? 2) I’d like to cut time with less than 3 coats if possible

Is this the best finish for my chopsticks? Any suggestions on something better-suited? Anything stronger or more flexible?

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#1 posted 02-17-2016 12:47 AM

You could take a tip from fishing pole builders and use a two part epoxy mix. The sticks are so small, a little would go a long ways.

The neighbor does poles and has a rotary turning device, which runs an RPM or three, so the finish wont drop while curing. A BBQ motor might get you into the turner.

Do a bit of digging around pole building sites.

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