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    I'm still learning pyrography, but was wondering. After you have completed your burn, what do you put on it to protect it? If I was to do a cheese board or cutting board, what would be the best to protect and preserve the piece?

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    The pyro pens leave a track of soft charcoal behind, sitting on partly burnt wood. Really easy to rub off.
    For charcoal and oil pastels, chalks and Conte', there's a spray on "fixative" that works sort of like hairspray.
    I'd guess you have to spray the first coat of whatever to stabilize the charcoal. A brush could scrub it all off.
    Several light dustings and no poking with fingers to see if it worked. Don't panic if it looks wet until the solvent evaporates.

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    • #3
      Thank you RV. I'm going shopping this weekend and will look for it.

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      • #4
        If your board is going to come in contact with food I'm not so sure I would use a chemical spray on it. I would brush out the wood burning as best as I can and then treat it with butcher block conditioner which is food safe.
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        • #5
          Thank you Bob K. I'm not sure what my project will be but it won't hurt to have different protection stuff available, in case I change my mind.

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          • #6
            What's the difference between brushing and spraying polyurethane? That's a "chemical" spray, yes?
            Answer: the scrubbing friction from a brush which will disturb all of the fragile charcoal deposit.
            The spray is a binder, charcoal and pastel artists know that. All that sits on the paper/wood surface
            and has to be fixed but untouched.

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            • #7
              Hi RV - information worth keeping. Goes into my notebook. THANKS.

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              • #8
                I use tung oil or wax on my pyrography work. Food safe... I've heard mineral oil works?
                Bill
                Living among knives and fire.

                http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
                  I use tung oil or wax on my pyrography work. Food safe... I've heard mineral oil works?
                  Thanks for the suggestions. I was thinking about mineral oil too.

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                  • #10
                    See if I have a good link. This is grain alcohol ( think vodka) and casein = milk protein. More than a little Food Safe.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you RV. Wonderful store to browse through.

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                      • #12
                        I use Tung oil on almost all my work and on all the projects that will be used with food, I have never had a issue with loosing color using Tung oil over a carving or plaque I have use a wood burner on..
                        Randy

                        WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

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                        • #13
                          Thank you Randy. Tung oil is one thing I haven't picked up - YET.

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