Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Walnut Buttons

I'm making another batch of Sweet Leaf stick buttons -- walnut this time.  A wind storm a few weeks ago knocked off some branches in the park next to our house.  Looks like this branch had been dead and dry for a while.  The wind just knocked them off the tree -- nature's pruning.

I thought they had potential, but the WOW factor really hit me today after sanding them, I put them in a jar of olive oil where they will soak for the next 4 days.  The oil brings out a natural beauty.  There is some nice patterning and variation with this batch.

In contrast, here they are before they hit the oil.

Still some work to do with them -- waxing and polishing, and drilling the button holes.

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