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Painted spoons

PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:27 pm
by Heath
Carved a few spoons last week and had a go at painting them. Didn't work out that well so i'm looking to source some decent pigment. Anyone got any advice?

Spoon pics and more info are on my blog: http://holtheathwoodentreen.blogspot.co ... ments.html

Re: Painted spoons

PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:41 pm
by ToneWood
I tried artists' oil paint, described on this thread (takes a long time to dry): viewtopic.php?f=23&t=2620
Robin Wood's thread on home-made paint is excellent (perhaps you are already familiar with it): viewtopic.php?f=15&t=743&p=3856&hilit=Paint#p3856

I've not had the opportunity to test the robustness of the oil paint finish on my test spoon but I am very optimistic that it will be tough because: (1) there are more 400 year old oil paintings left in the world than films from the 1920s and (2) I've tried various types of paint on my diving fins - which have a very hard life - and the toughest by far was oil-based exterior house paint (the distant runner up was enamel paint, acrylic paint did surprisingly poorly).

BTW If you put masking tape around the stem, you'll get a crisp edge - if you like that.