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How to Finish a Comfort Bird?

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  • How to Finish a Comfort Bird?


    I am new to carving and have recently made a comfort bird as a gift. I used basswood since it is super easy to carve. I have sanded it to be completely smooth but I don't know what finish to use to keep it silky smooth and slippery. What would you recommend as an easily accessible and cheaper finish for it?


  • #2
    Hi Isaiah, I use Poly U Satin Clear on my Carvings. Usually about 4 or 5 lite Coats or till the last coat Flows nice and Smooth . Then a lite coat of Wax . Cost of Spray Can is about $ 10.00 and enough to Coat a lot opf Birds . Merle


    • #3
      I usually carve them from butternut and use several thin coats with a lite smoothing between coats. Paper sack for this step works good. Hope this helps.
      Carve On,


      • #4
        To make sure it stays smooth, take it to the kitchen and run water on it, then use a hair dryer to dry it. This will raise the wood fibers and it will feel rough, so sand it lightly with a piece of used sandpaper. Do this 3 or 4 more times (wet, dry, sand). When it still feels smooth after the drying, you are ready to finish it with finish of choice, such as Minwax poly, or for easy cleanup, a water-based varnish from the hobby store (found in the aisle with the acrylic paints). May need a couple of coats, and then buff it with a crumpled up brown paper bag, as Kadiddle suggests.

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        • #5
          My choice of finish is a combination of linseed oil and beeswax. A lot of work, but a natural finish. First. I take a jar of flaxseed oil, the sun bleach it.
          I then add 1 part beeswax to 4 parts bleached flaxseed oil which is now linseed oil. I heat this mixture to combine the 2. Too heat it I use a basic double boiler technique. It will become a soft paste wax.


          • #6
            Thanks for the advice. I recently found some danish oil that I forgot I had. Would this work as a finish? Again thank you so much for the advice!


            • #7
              I use tung oil on mine. I will wet it, dry, and sand to raise the grain and further smooth it out as described above. Then I start with a 50/50 mixture of tung oil/mineral spirits. After that set about an hour, I add more tung oil to the mixture and apply. Repeat. The thinned tung oil will help it cure a little faster. Once I'm satisfied with the results and its cured, I'll apply a coat of Feed 'n Wax and buff.

              I like to use tung oil as its non-toxic. The downside it takes a long time (a week?) to cure.

              Here's a link that influenced my method.
              Last edited by PHolder; 01-04-2022, 12:54 PM.