|Forum topic by Vasko||posted 04-25-2011 05:04 AM||1068 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
04-25-2011 05:04 AM
I love beeswax for just about anything. Lotions, lip blams, soaps – you get it. I’ve been reading up on wood finishing formulas using beeswax. My question is – are these typically used only for toys and food surfaces? What if you had interior furniture or “artsy” wall or floor pieces that didn’t get much handling? Is it too soft? I ask because I’m very put off by the odors in most every store bought oil base finish I’ve tried. No, I haven’t tried water base finishes – the few works I’ve seen done locally with water based finishes didn’t seem to have the same luster or depth to me. That could be completely in my imagination, since I have degrees in oil painting and printmaking! lol I’m definitely biased! Oddly, I love the solvent smells of turps and linseed oil in paints and inks, so it must be some other basic ingredient in varnishes I don’t like. (y’know, I don’t like to paint with watercolors or acrylic paints either, so I must have a bias) I played with dewaxed shellac recently, and loved the lack of scent, after the medicinal alcohol smell left in seconds. So, if I don’t want to use water based finishes, do I just need to suck it up, grow a backbone, and truck on? ; ) Or are there beeswax/other options?
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