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Old 04-15-2010, 12:38 AM
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While researching hand carved bows I saw reference to burnishing to finish wood. I understand the concept as I have used it on leather. Does anyone use it to finish carving?
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I have used small burnishing tools to smooth deep undercuts that I couldn't get at with abrasives. They do a decent job.
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I like to use it on the face of my carvings since I normally don't paint faces. I burnish them and then coat with BLO, on basswood the color looks a lot like real flesh.
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Default Re: Burnishing?

I've used an old spoon and a modeling tool to burnish carvings. It gives a smooth luster to a carving--especially when finished in natural stains. However, I've also used wadded up brown paper bag to rub painted carvings with for a "mini" burnished look. It, too, adds a luster to a carving that can't be matched with any other technique.
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The brown bag trick is also one of my favorites for finishing a carving and bringing out the cuts.
I, usually, do not want my carving to look sanded; plus I do not like to sand that much, so it works for me.
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Brown bag trick?
Do you use the bag to rub BLO onto the carving?
or are you just rubbing the painted carving with the brown bag and nothing added?
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Default Re: Burnishing?

Just take a brown paper bag from the supermarket, and after the finish is dry on the carving, tear off a hunk of the bag, wad it up a couple of times to soften it a bit, then just rub the wad of bag over the carving as it you were trying to buff with it. Makes a beautiful sheen to the finish. Also, it smoothes out any fuzzies that have risen from moisture and makes the surface very smooth to the touch.

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