Red Mallee Burl and Black Tourmaline Dip Pen

By Manda Mercure, Owner at Mercure Pens in Windsor, ON, CA

Winning Category

This dainty pen, turned from red mallee burl evokes deep, dark dreams with its black tourmaline, rising like a puff of smoke. It would be easy to get lost in the swirls of the grain of this beautiful wood, made more vivid by General Finishes Waterbased Turners' Finish.  I first apply two coats of varnish and allow the grain to rise before sanding that down with the coarsest grit of MicroMesh. I then apply up to 10 coats of varnish until I'm happy with the coating. I then meticulously sand through all grits of MicroMesh to flatten and remove any specks, working up to a fine gloss. I apply one last coat of varnish before polishing with only the two finest MicroMesh grits. The result is an absolutely beautiful high gloss finish that is so durable!

Products Used

  • GF Waterbased Turners' Finish

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