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    Another First

    Jr. Gent's 10K gold with Caragana. ( Siberian pea-shrub )
    Experimenting with a BLO Only finish on a soft wood to get a hard durable Satin finish.
    So far seems to be working OK.

    Les








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    Very Elegant...
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    As always, great work.

    That wood with the gold is a fantastic match-up.
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    Really nice.
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    That is a beauty Les. I do like the finish on it.
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    Beautiful pen, beautiful wood, how do you apply the blo finish?

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    Another nice one, Les. The caragana goes great with the gold hardware.

    Bill beat me to the question...how are you applying the BLO? Friction polish style? I'm also curious to see how the finish holds up with use. BLO is a relatively soft finish, so I wonder about its durability.
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    Actually Vaughn, I have found that BLO once cured make a very hard finish. I think Dave Hawksford would agree. with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Green View Post
    Beautiful pen, beautiful wood, how do you apply the blo finish?
    Sanded to 400x, buffed with super fine steel wool, burnished with Caragana wood shavings and applied 6 coats of BLO burnishing at 3200 rpm between dried coats.
    The heat generated while burnishing with the BLO seems to harden the BLO.

    Les
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