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Blog entry by trifern posted 2052 days ago 2025 reads 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a blog requested by Douglas Bordner. Midnight Serenade started as an ordinary piece of straight grain oak. I carved an unusual shape to try and bring some interest to the grain. After shaping and sanding, this piece almost receive a traditional finish. The wood and grain were beautiful, but Douglas had a request that needed to be fulfilled.

The next step was to apply two coats of Fiebing’s black leather dye. You could also use this technique to ebonize a piece.

I then spray two coats of lacquer to seal the dye.

The next step is applying the liming wax. After the wax has dried it is buffed with 0000 steel wool and top coated with Briwax.

Please ask any questions and I will attempt to answer them.

You can view Midnight Serenade posted in my projects.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.



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Daren Nelson

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#1 posted 2052 days ago

I would like some more explanation of liming wax and how to use it. I am not familiar with it. You are advancing in your turning and finishing rapidly BTW, good on you. I see how it makes open pore wood like red oak more dramatic. I walked away from the lathe awhile ago, got bored…you have resparked my interest. Open pore wood like elm, plain old elm for example, would take this finish and make a nice piece.

-- http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/

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trifern

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#2 posted 2052 days ago

Hey Daren. Thanks for the nice compliment. Liming wax is a white pigmented paste wax. Briwax manufactured what I used, but others make it also. You basically rub it on like any paste wax and buff it off. It fills in the open grain of wood. I purchased mine from Woodcraft in Indianapolis. I have also used it on Catalpa with a two-tone dye, see Inside Rhapsody. Hopefully that answers your question.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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scottb

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#3 posted 2052 days ago

aha – now I’m seeing all sorts of color combination possibilities with this technique. Easter eggs anyone?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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fredf

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#4 posted 2052 days ago

Gorgeous! Some day I am going to have to try my hand at this

Keep up the great work! We are all getting an education.

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 2052 days ago

Thank you, Joe! I can see a hybridization of Daren's two tone wood-dye technique and your liming technique brewing at my lathe soon. I truly appreciate your honoring my request for details. Good luck with your juried contest. I’m sure you will do very well.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 2052 days ago

Great lesson for this old man Joe, a lot I never new about dyes, waxes and other things I’ll have to try, thanks,

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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hObOmOnk

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#7 posted 2051 days ago

BriWax also has a toluene free version for those that need it.

I make my own waxes and add pigments for liming and accenting wood.
Other than a white liming wax, I also use black, yellow, blue and green.
Of course difference base colors are needed for contrasting the pigmented wax.

I’ve also used powdered mica in the wax for interesting effects.

I mix up small batches of the liming wax as needed with a spatula.

-- 温故知新

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 2051 days ago

Thank you!

Very unique!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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trifern

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#9 posted 2050 days ago

Hey Randall, what kind of pigments do you add to your wax?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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hObOmOnk

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#10 posted 2050 days ago

I use natural Earth and mineral pigments from several sources.
Here are several good vendors:

Real Milk Paint

Lee Valley

Earth Pigments

I also use some natural pigments that I gather in the wild.

-- 温故知新

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 2050 days ago

Good one Joe.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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trifern

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#12 posted 2049 days ago

Thanks for the great links and information, Randall. The pigments certainly open a whole new world of possibilities.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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