It is a favorite for those who refinish gun stocks, but note that it imparts a yellow hue to the wood. If you do want something that will handle very high heat, all I can tell you is to use mineral oil and treat the coasters regularly to keep them up. Once or twice a year re-apply to keep the wood protected. And that you’ve updated (guess I don’t need the mod podge anymore!). That’s it for this blog. Just read some where that the polycrylic was the best. I have just been using polyurethane It’s a wipe on product though. For the products that failed for me, some people say those products work perfectly for them and don’t stick. here’s a link to that article: Applying Wax, Todd doesn’t have any experience with box elder wood, so he can’t advise on that. If you start out with a lacquer, you finish with a lacquer. To finish the coasters I used a teak oil stain, which will seal and color the wood. I do this to raise the nap of the wood. Outdoor items need a minimum of 3 coats. The next day I baked the tile in the toaster oven at 215-225 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour (just to let you know I experimented with all different times and degrees so I am just posting what time and temperature worked in the end). Thanks for doing the leg work and testing these products! Accordingly, how do you keep wood coasters from cracking? popsicle stick) The Envirotex is the secret of how to make coasters with a beautiful, glass-like, non-tacky*, stain-proof finish. To Apply:  Brush on a thin coat and let dry 15-20 minutes. Thanks for the great question. Since you’ve applied color, I always recommend using a spray on finish for the first coat or two. If it’s an indoor sign, then I’d recommend polycrlic. This is a plastic in the form of a liquid that goes on either brushed or sprayed and then dries to a solid firm coat. I always sand my blanks down to at least 220 (grit sandpaper). Regardless here’s what I’d recommend: Click to see full answer. I then sand it down again to 220. Thanks, I really would like to make trivets for hot items right out of the oven. The mineral oil can be bought in numerous stores and online. Also, which resin brand works for coaster? Mineral oil doesn’t get rancid and won’t react with food. Hey there! Todd really likes the Titebond brand of wood glue and they do have a spray on type. On trial this week: My thoughts on the matter are that as long as it forms a permanent bond that’s all you care about. I would hate from them to crack when our guests get them home and use them. I even baked the tiles in a toaster oven in the garage (I bought a second hand toaster oven for $10 to use for crafts) to see if that would help the sealers cure more; it didn’t work, certain hot mugs still stuck when left for more than a few minutes. According to Rockler you can apply a wax over any finish. If I have used white acrylic to fill in burned birch trees on a piece, what would be the best finish that will not yellow the white acrylic? I’ve experienced the same disappointment as you. My thoughts on the matter are: But I would try out the Dupli Color Enamel spray and see if it works since it did well with heat in our test. I am going to be wood burning a friend of mine a door sign, and I will also be using acrylic paint what should I finish it with to keep it from getting weather warped, and keep it from fading since it’s going to be outside. 2) Also, all of these – excepting oil finishes and doing nothing to the wood, will require that you have a space that is warm enough to apply the finish to the wood. If it’s an indoor sign, then apply the finish, let it cure, and then add the metallic paint accents. The glass jars don’t rust out, the wide mouths easily fit the brushes, and he can write the mixture on the top. And that link from Rockler is very helpful, too. I discovered pouring fairly recently and love it. Hi Todd and Brenda! Hi Brenda, ... You can seal again with a nice varnish or paint if you so wish. Thanks for your quick and informative reply, as always, Brenda! I hope that’s my help some of you I am new to pouring acrylic but I put the tile upside down in the paint that dripped off the canvas And put two coats on after the paint was dry Thanks for the question. I just ordered and received a bunch of beautiful wood coasters with our names and wedding date burned into them, and i want to seal them so they don’t crack when being used. Instead you want something that is durable and can handle both hot and cold. thanks for the great question. The only way to truly "waterproof" something made of wood is to either surround it in a resin of some kind and used as a thick film finish (subject to damage) or to force a resin into the wood structure via pressure/vacuum. Would you recommend not using them or sanding them right down to be able to burn safely on them (thinking toxic fumes from treatment etc). Same rules apply for putting it on as the polyurethane; sanding required between coats. So far any problems I’ve experienced was due to really low quality color paints, pencils, etc. Looking for a sealant for my wood burned cork coasters that keeps the cork finish but adds to the longevity of the coaster. Most of the design will be stippled and deep black so i don’t think the polyurethane will ruin it. I’ve been using polycrylic so far, but like you’ve pointed out.. that plastic-like finish isn’t my favourite. Fill the container just over halfway so you can submerge the wooden slice without overflowing the container. Hi. Cut out paper design circles and a carbon paper circle the same size. Todd always uses food grade mineral oil for cutting boards. As for leaving the wood unfinished, I don’t recommend that. I think that is why people are surprised when a coaster works fine for them but not for someone else. You are attempting to protect it against water (spilled or just humidity), oils (from your fingers or anyone else’s fingers who picks it up to look at it), and dirt that can accumulate and then get ground in when touched; giving it a dingy look. It might be that they are just too thin. What would you do about pre bought chopping boards that will have been varnished? At least those that are functional rolling pins. Would the stickiness of the oil leave marks on a tablecloth or wood table? I masked off all but one section on the test board. Also looking for something for trivets…apparently general paint makes something for wood A B clear or something like that…green can….not really expensive as it is ready to go out of the can….read comments on woodworking site person has taken hot off the stove onto his trivets (wood) and after 2 years they are still going strong….Will be looking for this in a small can to give it a try. Next warning: there is no “best” finish. I’m about to do some test pieces today for the woods I use-marri, sheok, gum, blackbutt- and this has helped me considerably. I have had several wood burned pictures that had high amounts of light detail that have been absorbed away by various finishes, as they apparently dissolved some of the carbon burns. This is the best article I’ve ever read about wood finishes! This is a very informative article. It sounds like you say food grade mineral oil is the oil to use, as it is not only food safe, but also protects from heat, which is great! If the yellow hue is undesired, then use Polycrylic instead. If I was finishing many coasters or producing coasters was a job, I’d look into a quality spar varnish in a small DIY dip-tank. To watch a YouTube video on this just click on the image to the left. Hi Jocelyn, I’m glad you found the article useful. I’m curious, does the engine gloss state that it needs to be cured in a warm oven? A standard 12 oz can of Lacquer costs around $10 and will cover approximately 3-4 art projects. woodworking I'm burning designs into cork coasters and would like to seal the finished product in some way. Functional cutting board – do not use mod podge. Thanks. Another trip to scour the local stores this time to find more possible options for how to get a nice glossy seal on painted tiles that will stand up to the heat of a hot coffee mug. I asked Todd and he said if was to use a finish he would use a salad bowl finish or polycrylic. All is well. Last thing I want is ruined artwork and it to be not food safe! A liberal application of … Nothing sticks, no water marks. I then take a bowl of water and a rag and wet down the wood thoroughly and let it dry. Paint the shapes and then add a coat of sealant. All the other mugs in the house did not stick at all. The first coat is a 50/50 mixture of thinner and lacquer. As someone who is just looking into burning – you’ve answered my questions about sealing. Once I put a layer of polycrylic over the image (and the whole front of the tile) I tried Dupli Color clear coat matte spray and gloss spray as a heat resistant sealer. The one’s i have that cracked i resealed and then did 2 coats of wood glue on and seems to be working. Todd applies many heavy or thick layers of oil and when the board won’t absorb anymore, he knows it is ready. When to use:  This finished will handle tough treatment and resist moisture better than lacquer, so it is good for furniture. Todd uses a 2” wide brush to apply. Susan Mork, We haven’t tested one that stays outside so I’m not sure how it will deal with the constant sun. I use matte polycrylic by Minwax to glue the image onto the tile. I also worried about putting cork bottoms on the coasters to prevent scratching surfaces. Polycrylic is nice because it’s durable, stays fairly clear as it ages, and it doesn’t need to be sanded between applied coats. Even though the polycrylic finish is a bit lighter in color than the lacquer, the color difference isn’t huge. Brenda, Hi there! Several thin coats then leave it a week and give it a test. We’ll keep this in mind for our next projects. It comes in satin, gloss, or high gloss. Thanks so such, Karen. I am making tile coasters that have paper images on them. The big difference is that you do not have to sand between coats of lacquer like you do polycrylic. Brenda and Todd, Thank you SO much for this post! Plus he doesn’t have an airbrush for spraying on finishes and I won’t let him use mine as it’s for fine art and I don’t want it getting ruined. I’d like to use some small, blackened branches in some artwork I am doing. 2. thank you for the question. Lacquer can be sprayed or brushed on. You’re welcome. Oh my goodness thank you so much for this blog! (i can also have some unique background colours too!). glass) so it’s best to do a test run on a small batch to see if doesn’t burn the alcohol out. Thank you for doing this comparison. PS have you used waxes? Mod Podge is a waterbase sealer, glue, and finish. Just curious if you have any experience or opinion about using mod poge to transfer an image to a cutting board and whether or not mineral oil would be suited to preserving the wood before or after the transfer? Plywood fades no matter what and of all the woods I’ve tried it is the worst for fading and starts fading pretty quickly. I typically apply 3 coats to a project. – have you got any recommended brands that won’t ruin the colour of the finish and are safe? Chlorine Bleach and Latex Waterproofing Compound Chlorine bleach is a surprisingly effective option to help waterproof ceramic coasters—mix one-half cup of bleach with a gallon of warm water. As for the paint that’s a tough one. Another portion I was going to have one side (burned) to be used as a charcuterie board and the other side (unburned) as a trivet. Duplicolor Gloss Clear Engine Enamel. To Apply:  In a well ventilated area apply a thin layer and let dry a minimum of 45 minutes. Some species are reputed to shed their bark regardless of treatment (hickory is one with a bad reputation in this regard), while others are more likely to not shed their skin — walnut and basswood have a good reputation here. i’ve gotten a few from the same person and as soon as a cold glass hits it it cracks. This way my vinyl will stick better. Use a wood glue or elmers white glue. Hi Robert, Is there a glossy version? Since it is oil based it will repel water. He recommended using a can of Spray-On Outdoor Spar Urethane for at least the first coat to seal the color pencil. Plus it can withstand very high heat without damage. Once a year re-applies the oil. By oil only, I am referring to products like tung oil, mineral oil, lemon oil, walnut oil, etc. Yes, wood toxicity charts are based on inhaling dust or fumes if burned. Let it sit for several hours and then apply another coat. Join us to connect with fellow pourers, get beginners tips, giveaways and more. Hope that helps. Watch a YouTube video on this subject by clicking on the image to the left. Outdoor sign: I’d paint it first and the apply the finish. If it’s going to be a functional cutting board mod podge is not food safe. Then I used hot glue to add thin cork board to the bottom of each coaster that I had cut to the right size and shape. Then I applied the appropriate finish to that section following the directions on the can. I am just beginning to get into pyrography seriously and am studying finishes, as in the past I have burned portraits and left them unfinished. I will start the discussion with nothing, because nothing is the easiest thing to do. Or I guess I should say that dust and dirt stick to the surface and it’s a lot harder to clean than other finishes. I too have experienced fading and the worst offenders are pieces I’ve burned onto plywood boards. Once dry, the gold leaf adds a gorgeous unique touch to your DIY wood coasters . Brenda. I have a beautiful box elder plank with pretty red streaks in it. Awesome article. How to Make Rustic Decoupaged Coasters with Napkins and Wood Slices. Wooden coaster. I was thinking spray, as brushing I believe will move the charcoal particles around and clog up the brush. If you burn on paper make sure it is 100% cotton. You’re like the authority on this and I so greatly appreciate your input! Brenda. Furthermore, the additives supposedly interfere with the ability to see the fine details in artwork. Regarding the coasters, I use the Duplicolor engine enamel gloss clear. To prevent this from happening use a spray on finish. I’m willing to spend the money to resin coat them if this is what is needed in order for them to not stick to a warm mug. thanks. For this project, I used my Cricut Maker to make quick and easy DIY Coasters out of Cricut Chipboard and vinyl – and you don’t have to seal them with Mod Podge! To prevent that use Polycrylic as it doesn’t impart the yellow hue that urethane does. Have fun with your project. People use it to coat bar-tops in bars and restaurants so it's designed to be durable. . It is written in part (ok, mostly) by Todd as he’s the expert in our household on this subject. Im thankful for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Good luck with your project, Hello Mam, I carve snakes onto canes and for the first time I used true color pencil for the color. So far any really bad reactions I’ve had with color happened within a day as the finish dried. I will continue to use Matte or Satin finish on my artwork as I don’t like the glare or reflected light interfering with viewing the artwork. If you start with a polycrylic, then finish with a polycrylic. I had sticking problems with both the matte and the gloss products but more so with the gloss. Hi Rose, I just ordered 30 or so beautifully done, wood burned coasters with my name, my fiance’s name and our wedding date on them, to give out as favors. I don’t think any product would work well enough for this sort of heat. This is important if you plan to use it as a trivet where it will be exposed to high heat. Brenda. Krylon yellowed on my acylic paint right away & it brought underneath stains to the surface. Lightly sand (220 grit), apply a second coat, and let dry 3-4 hours. Todd only oils boards that will be in direct contact with food. In a very well ventilated area apply a light coat and let dry 3-4 hours. I’m not sure that acrylics can bleed after they are dry, but I haven’t experimented with sealing them so I’m not 100% sure. I wouldn’t recommend it for items that come in contact with food; especially cutting board. How are these tiles holding up now 2 years later? Also, make sure to apply in a VERY WELL VENTILATED room! Sealing the wood prevents the worst of it….as long as it isn’t plywood. Let sit for a minimum of 24 hours after last coat before placing outdoors. Subsequent coats are full strength lacquer. When applying additional coats, do not pour on and then brush out. And so far everything sticks to a warm mug. I am looking for a sealant for garden art that will be in the hot Florida sun and rain. I haven’t tried this finish, but have read that it provides a very durable finish that can tolerate heat. Again, I have to point out that fresh wood take a long time to dry before you can use it. As for trees. Brenda, Hi! Brenda, Hi Brenda, this article is fantastic. Have you noticed this at all, and if you have, do you have a solution? I would really stick with colors that are in the “excellent” to “very good” rating. Tru-oil is designed to provide a protective finish to gunstocks. So, here are a few of the  most commonly used and available finishing products today – without having to mix your own. For one-off application I’d use boiled linseed oil (least expensive and relatively non-toxic when dry), or preferably tung oil if available. Thank you so much for this! It is used primarily for outdoor wood or wood that will be left around the water. Todd puts cork feet on the bottom of the trivets for better air circulation, so I’m not 100% sure if the wood leaves marks. WHEN TO USE: Cutting boards and other items that are in contact with food and/or items that be will exposed to extremely high heats. I highly recommend doing a small test board where you apply the paint you used and then coat the board with the finish of your choice. Be aware, that ALL pyrography on wood loses some of the very subtle tan shades. It sounds like Todd’s experience is really with food grade mineral oil. You don’t want your finish/sealant to be tinted red, so always put a small amount of sealant into a bowl, mason jar, etc for use. What is the best thing to use to keep them cracking when being used? Keep in mind that polyurethane will had a yellow hue to the work, and it stinks something awful but it provides the best outdoor protection. Some woods are worse than others, but I’d put Plywoods at the top of the list for aging. Your options again are only limited by your imagination. 3 thin coats will provide much better results than trying to apply 1 thick coat. Hope it answered some questions and helps you with your projects, How to Finish / Seal Fine Wood Art Tutorial wood burning, https://www.wayfair.com/Foster-and-Rye–4-Piece-Log-Coaster-Set-5018-L1047-K~FRRE1059.html?refid=GX444304715187-FRRE1059&device=c&ptid=410110377021&network=g&targetid=pla-410110377021&channel=GooglePLA&ireid=67435484&fdid=1817&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-5iG7qm86gIVAxLnCh17TAkFEAQYASABEgIGp_D_BwE, https://cdn.dick-blick.com/pdfs/20508color.pdf. Apply 2 coats of a clear spray sealer to the coasters to seal and waterproof them. Here’s the glossy end of the board showing how the light reflects off of the surface. Warm up your can of finish first and warm up your wood too! I just got some today and will try it out on my tiles (not ceramic) tomorrow. Keep in mind, standard coasters are anywhere from 3 ½ – 4″ wide, so make sure to use enough material. Using a small paintbrush carefully paint the sides of the DIY coasters. Add a medium layer of Mod Podge to the coaster and then lay the paper down and smooth, smooth, … Maybe try wshing it in soapy water, but after that it might just be a case of waiting. I should also point out that not all colored pencils are the same. I didn’t notice any smell but I’m not particularly sensitive to smells anyway. Let the sealer dry for 20 minutes or so. Some colors are more lightfast than others. Thank you for your question and comment! Thanks so much for your research. Thank you for your question and previous comment! This way you’ll see if there are any problems before you alter your artwork. This was very helpful! The options are to use less light tan colors or burn on paper. My criteria – economical (rules out resin), ideally available on the island so it’s easy to get my hands on, glossy finish, easy to use, stands up to the heat of a hot coffee mug without going sticky. While we’re on the subject, don’t ever use reclaimed wood (old fencing, etc) that has been outdoors or pressure treated wood. I have been doing a bunch of experimentation with Dupli Color products. The oil is a “blend of linseed and natural oils.”   Can be buffed to achieve a luster finished. Clear Grip is waterproof, but I wanted to protect the tiles and cork backing. I’ve tried another engine enamel and it let my tiles get scratched. I have been spraying with the Krylon clear before using the epoxy or whatever….on 2 tiles I forgot to “Krylon” I noticed on one the white appeared to yellow…but not the other….I used a different brand of white on the yellowed one but they looked the same before the epoxy treatment….they both dried for 4 days min and looked the same….when seperate you do not see a difference…also I have given a single spray of kryon to the base of whatever I am painting on…Often i spray paint different colours on my tiles and leave them for a week to dry and cure…spray with krylon non yellowing clear….and then paint away….I can have lots of tiles ready to go all at once! Also, I created a test board, and I broke the test board up into 4 sections. Sounds like a beautiful and labor intensive project! First, print out the templates to the size of the wood. If it is not at least that warm the finish will either not set right or will set so slowly, glaciers will be passing it by. I sprayed that on the top of the layer of polycrylic. Do you know what to look for from the UK? But more importantly, id like the paint to be easily wiped away without the wood absorbing any and covering my burns. Did you heat water in microwave and then pour into cups? All thoughts are welcome. I’m here because I’m stuck on what to use for my birch coasters without having them turn super dark and yellow. Saw above mentioned “A B Clear or something” for those looking for that product I just found it: General Finishes Arm-R-Seal comes in different finishes. Shellac is a “natural” finish in that it is made out of the secretions of a female Lac bug and a solvent (alcohol). I always tell people who buy my art to hang it in a place where it doesn’t receive directly sunlight. Brenda. These are mostly for things like cutting boards to keep the wood moisturized and to prevent water from penetrating the wood that would causing it to warp, swell, or crack (this is mostly on end grain cutting boards, but you get the idea). They are fading, and I do not want to offer my work for sale if the wood burning will fade. It is a PotteryBarn mug that is either porcelain or very fine ceramic. This is the satin section showing the before and after finish was applied. TIPS ON PREPPING THE WOOD BEFORE BURNING: Does not have hardeners in the mix, so cans and jars of lacquer will never dry out or become a solid mass like other finishes will. The white stuff at the bottom of the lacquer thinner jar is lacquer that has settled to the bottom after I clean the  brush. I then tried the Dupli Color clear gloss Engine Enamel spray. I’ve had some react and turn colors I did not like, but I was using some really cheap watercolors. thanks for the lovely comment. Like before, there are ways to make these round wood-floor drink coasters look a little bit better. The Steps: 1. Thank you for the testing, just a note, Amazon price for this can is $45 Canadian but Canadian Tire has the same product for $7.99 It’s designed for artwork and is non-yellowing, permanent, and eliminates glossy sheen. lot of hours so far and would like to keep it nice. It’s always good to see if the paint will react with the finish. Thank you for this video – very helpful! How did they get on – watch the video to find out! Thank you for the question and comment. Originally I was going to ask about using beeswax (I worried about heat for that) or tung oil. I just tested a finished tile with a cork bottom and everything went fine, there was no sticking. I use a food grade wax on my charcuterie boards but haven’t tested the longevity of the burn yet. Hi Rose, I have an earlier one here where I tested 3 more products including my regular poly brush on varnish. 5)  NEVER mix your finishes! Others, like Oak, Hickory, or Cedar, I would probably do twice. Hmm, well good news first that you have passed the hot mug test. . Any suggestions? I want to use one portion to make a charcuterie board. Buff lightly with 00 steel wool between coats. To Apply:  Brush on a thin layer and let dry a minimum of 2 hours. I considered having an epoxy resin coating, but prefer the natural wood look over something shiny. Once or twice a year re-apply to keep the wood protected. There is also a version for guitars. I would not recommend it on cutting boards. I used small pieces of dowels sanded down to just under 3/8″ diameter to plug the holes of the base while applying the poly. I will cover each one and give its advantages and disadvantages as I see them. I’m guessing that’s because of how plywood is made (lots of glue involved), but I don’t know that for sure. Before I do anything I like to prep my coasters by washing and thoroughly drying to get any dust residue off. If I have used colored pencils on the artwork, then he uses a can of spray on lacquer (I know he has used min/max) and applies a very light first coat. I talked with Todd and his recommendation is to use Indoor/Outdoor Spar Urethane in a matte or satin finish. If this is what you have purchased I would recommend applying a number of coats (5-7) of polycrylic finish. Hi Jesse, Just keep in mind that the reaction to the inks varies depending on the surface you’re working with (ie. I drink a lot of iced drinks so they’re always in contact with cold and water condensation. When I followed the link for your recommended choice I noticed that it states this product will give a matte finish. Continue until the wood quits absorbing the oil. 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