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  • Kent_In_KC commented on Phiske's instructable Carved Vegetable Ivory (Tagua) Bracelet4 months ago
    Carved Vegetable Ivory (Tagua) Bracelet

    A very nice instructable. One point though, it is my belief that your final Tagua product should not get wet or be exposed to extreme cold, excess heat or sunlight. Also, you should let new nuts age for 8 weeks before carving and let the finished carving age for two weeks before applying a finish. It is biological and has water in it so freezing and thawing could be a problem.As faras the preferred finish a few woodworking finishes should work, including Tung Oil and perhaps some BriWax beeswax rub (with or without the optional stain) for a nice hand rubbed, buffed look or even a nice satin urethane should do for something quick. I can't see why you couldn't coat it with epoxy resin if desired. Whatever you use, you may want to look for a finish with UV protection since that's how sunl...

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    A very nice instructable. One point though, it is my belief that your final Tagua product should not get wet or be exposed to extreme cold, excess heat or sunlight. Also, you should let new nuts age for 8 weeks before carving and let the finished carving age for two weeks before applying a finish. It is biological and has water in it so freezing and thawing could be a problem.As faras the preferred finish a few woodworking finishes should work, including Tung Oil and perhaps some BriWax beeswax rub (with or without the optional stain) for a nice hand rubbed, buffed look or even a nice satin urethane should do for something quick. I can't see why you couldn't coat it with epoxy resin if desired. Whatever you use, you may want to look for a finish with UV protection since that's how sunlight ages and fades things.A good UV finish should keep you safe from water and sunlight although, like real ivory or any number of gemstones, you should take care to protect it from heat and serious cold. Don't leave it in the car in the summer or store it in the attic. Finally, don't forget to stabilize the entire piece, not just the front, to keep it truly safe from water and time. All in all, you should be able to create future Tagua heirlooms with confidence and have a blast doing it. When somebody asks, "Who loves ya, baby?" just say, "The elephants!"Bon chance!

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