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Forum topic by kindogg posted 10-11-2017 07:19 PM 279 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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kindogg

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10-11-2017 07:19 PM

Hey guys! I recently started making wooden jewelry and I’ve been try to find a finish that is easy to apply to small pieces. So far I’ve tried danish oil, formby’s tung oil, spray shellac, spray poly and straight past wax. I haven’t been very happy with any of these.

I’m looking for something that has at least some shine/gloss to it but is easy to apply to ten or so small pieces at a time. I’m hoping to sell some of these things eventually so time and effort are a concern.

My next step is probably to try a buffing setup but I wanted to ask for some advice first. Thanks for any help in advance! Here are a few I’ve made so far.


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kindogg

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#1 posted 10-11-2017 07:26 PM

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#2 posted 10-11-2017 07:40 PM

You may want to dry dipping them in boiled
linseed oil. You may not love the effect
but customers probably will. BLO is cheap
and dipping is easy.

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#3 posted 10-11-2017 07:55 PM

Loren suggestion is good. My thoughts were spraying with a rattle can of Laquer. It comes in satin,semi gloss and gloss.Deft is a good one.
Good luck with your craft.

-- Aj

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#4 posted 10-11-2017 07:56 PM

Rattle can lacquer is always a possibility when gloss is desired.

-- "Now we are getting no where, thanks to me"

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#5 posted 10-11-2017 08:00 PM

First, beautiful pieces.
I have made a few jewelry pieces, mostly finished with a rattle can of lacquer. Put a piece of tape sticky side up and set the little pieces on in, then spray.
It may take a couple of coats. when you have the different woods they absorb the finish a bit differently so a few coats are needed to build up a uniform finish.

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onoitsmatt

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#6 posted 10-11-2017 08:07 PM

I have made a few pieces and rubbed them with BLO. Poked some stiff wire into the side of a box and hang them to dry.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#7 posted 10-11-2017 08:14 PM

-- Andy - Seattle

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#8 posted 10-12-2017 02:40 AM

I find that a seal coat (or two) of rattle can shellac before the lacquer works best for a uniform finish. Nice work.

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#9 posted 10-12-2017 03:41 AM

Rattle can gloss lacquer if you want shine, dip in BLO if you don’t.

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kindogg

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#10 posted 10-12-2017 08:07 PM

Thanks everyone!
I’m gonna try dipping in BLO and see what I get. Should I worry about wiping excess BLO off, or drips (on the piece) while hanging to dry?

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#11 posted 10-12-2017 08:16 PM

I think it will all soak in or drip off. Try
something like hanging the dipped pieces
on a line over a pan for 30 minutes and
then wiping off any excess. After a few
days it should be clear if the pieces need
another dip.

You could also try a long soak for several
hours.

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#12 posted 10-12-2017 08:24 PM

I’v had good experience with Rattle can gloss lacquer as mentioned. It gives a good shine.

Good luck with it.

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#13 posted 10-12-2017 08:43 PM

You could try dipping in wb poly or shellac but you run the risk of a drip but it’s probably the surest way to get a high gloss with low effort.

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