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27 July 2007 @ 10:35 pm
Another Sheila and oiling woes  
I made another Sheila Na Gig. I like her, this is a version of the most well known Sheila, and I thought I should include her in my collection.

So the linseed oil works great on elm and alder, but on the holly and hawthorn, the initial results are very dark, I am hoping as it dries (in three days!) that it lightens to a nicer color. I just hate how acrylic varnish feels, so I hope the oil works out. I have read about waxing, but it sounds like it gets dirty easily. Well, I am definitely learning a lot about working with each tree, from how to find and identify each, and then how to finish each.

My brother, the tree identifier, is over today testing me on my familiarity with the local trees. There are oak, ash, alder, willow, birch, rowan, apple, fir, pine, and hawthorn on my street.
Current Location: Studio
Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: Orange Green-Paddy Noonan
cemeteryconsort: peeling bark maplecemeteryconsort on November 13th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
My first trip to this site.
My mother has used tounge oil, spelled also tung http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tung_oil
on wood furnature. Not sure what it looks of feels like to put on, but it makes wood look beautiful. She put 3 coats on an old hutch she had sanded and it glowed! Kept a nice bright color, not dark. But just from reading Wiki, maybe its not something you would want as I know you had a problem with thiners and oils. But its a suggestion.
spiritscraft: oghamspiritscraft on November 13th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
Omigoshesses thanks! I can't use turpentine, but it says you can use citrus thinner, which I have in my studio. I think I will go out and buy some Tung Oil, it is definitely worth a try.