Tung oil down time

There’s not too much to report about the rolling ball sculpture base.  I’m working on finishing it with tung oil, which takes anywhere from four to twelve hours to dry.  It’s a bit like watching paint dry, only it takes longer.  Especially since I’ll probably end up with five or six coats on each side. To fill the time, I’ve researched tung oil on YouTube.  Yes, there are videos about tung oil.  And, this one is right up my alley.

Oh, and stencil practice.  Yes, I’m still trying to work out the ideal way for me to make stencils that work with wood and stain.  Here’s what I’ve been working on, and it looks like this idea has potential.  Now, I just need to practice my X-Acto work.

Stencil work

Stencil practice

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4 Comments on “Tung oil down time”

  1. Jif Says:

    This is awesome! Go T!!!

  2. Tina Says:

    Thanks, Jif!

  3. Tom H Says:

    So what’s the difference between tung oil and varnish?

    Wow, twelve hours to dry. This is not a pastime for someone without patience.

  4. Tina Says:

    Basically, tung oil penetrates and allows for some flexibility while varnish tends to be rigid, and doesn’t penetrate the wood. Here’s a very pro-tung oil site to read. But, interesting.


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