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.