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7 Details and Finishing

The last stage: eyes, nostrils and giving the background a bit of pizazz. 

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| 04 May 2021 15:24

Great! Thanks for your advice Chris. I will let it sit for a while and see how it ages.

| 04 May 2021 09:12

Dean - Waxed wood will normally go a bit darker with time and sunlight, so it might be worth waiting a month or two before attempting changes - and you might even like the new look by then! It won't hurt to try more coats (melted in etc) but I don't think that will add to the original waxing.
As for oils: they always bring out the figuring which, on this sort of relief you really don't want; figuring will throw a sort of camouflage net over the carving and to my mind only works where with hard tropical woods with uniform grain. Deciduous carving woods have the annual rings, which give the figuring problem
As to whether you can mix wax and oil, yes you can. Quite a few finishes for antiques that call themselves 'rejuvenators' are a mixture of oils and waxes, and you could mix up something like this. If you reheat the carving wax and brush in the oil, it should penetrate.
But seriously, make yourself a small sample of the carving and see what oil does to the figuring before doing anything to your completed carving. You really can't undo the figuring effect of oil!

| 03 May 2021 19:24

Hi Chris - I just tried this out and am really happy with the results. Thanks for all of the useful instruction! I used Beeswax Polish ( as a finish and the result is quite a bit lighter than what I would like. Would applying more coats make it darker? If not is it too late to try another type of finish (tung oil perhaps?). Thanks!


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