Since I will be wearing the wood necklace near my skin, I didn't want to use a polyurethane stain. So I choose a natural, non toxic way of staining the wood, coffee.
- Brew some coffee stronger than you would drink, I made it about 4X stronger. Filter and let cool before you use.
- Apply the coffee stain with a small brush, this may take several coats ( I did 5 coats), dry between coats.
- Since it is a water based stain, it will make the wood a bit rough (it raises the grain) so lightly sand to make it smooth again.