This brilliant piece of tulipwood waited a long time to find its voice, sitting on the shelf, waiting for something special. What was thought to be a small knot turned out to be a hole straight through the wood. A chance for magic. The beautiful grey swirls of the grain contrast with the vivid pink tones, and perfectly complement the silvery purple freshwater pearl that sits atop as a crown. The hole is filled with crushed pearl shell and peeks out like a pair of glistening eyes. The finish is shiny like a calm lake and the depths within. When I use 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!
Tulipwood and Freshwater Pearl Dip Pen
By Manda Mercure, Owner at Mercure Pens in Windsor, ON, CA
- GF Waterbased Turners' Finish