I made some Christmas ornaments and used Boiled Linseed Oil as a finish, I have done this before and it worked well but this time it got really sticky. My method in the past was put it on, wait a bit, wipe it off and let it dry for a day or so. I am fairly new to finishes other then a spray can of polyurethane, so I might be doing it wrong.
I have a feeling that this last time I didn’t get the BLO wiped off well. Maybe causing it to evaporate instead of soak in and cure. Multi-tasking-mom with a three year old and a woodworking hobby don’t always mix well.
Another possibility is that the wood I used was from a dead tree in the yard, and was probably not completely dry. being still green may have affected the woods ability to soak the oil.
My big question is what do I do with these sticky ornaments? Should I sand/scrape off the sticky residue, and re-do the BLO, do I leave them alone longer until they finally are not sticky then do something?
Firewood is another possibility, I don’t have that much time into the project and have plenty more firewood I could cut up and make more if I wanted.
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