Care

Lightly dust the object with a soft-bristled brush (like a glider mop), soft cloth, or forced air. After dusting, softly clean with

mild soap. The best choices in soap are gentle detergents such as Ivory Soap. Mix soap and water into a weak solution (at least 1:50). Dip a cloth into the soap and water solution, ring it out completely, and blot it on another dry cloth to remove excess moisture. Before proceeding, test your mixture on a small, non-prominent surface area to check for adverse results, but there should be no problem. Wipe from the middle of the surface outward to avoid catching cloth on the piece’s edges if any. Immediately wipe the surface dry with a clean cloth.

After the surface has dried, you do not need to treat the surface with a barrier of wax again. After shaping and sanding the wood, I applied 3 coats of Cellulose Sanding Sealer which provide an excellent base and foundation for finishing with a Microcrystalline wax. The sanding sealer seals the open pores of the timber prior to the application of the next coat and binds the loose fibres of the timber together giving a more solid foundation, meaning that more of it stays on the surface and less of the finish is needed. When finishing, the thinner the applied coat the less likely it is to get damaged, so a sanding sealer will help the top coats be more resilient.

After the coats of sealer, the wax, when dry, knits down to form a very dense coating making it very water resistant. The wax I use also has a higher melting point than other waxes traditionally used to make polishing waxes, the benefit of which is that repeated handling of items finished in Microcrystalline wax won’t finger mark in the same way, as the melting point is higher than normal body temperature.

In the future, keep waxing (with for example neutral Renaissance wax) to a strict minimum. Once or twice a year should be sufficient. Before you wax the piece again, first try buffing with cloth; this alone may bring back shine. If still necessary, lightly and evenly rub wax on the piece with a soft cloth, let sit for a minimum 15-20 minutes, then buff with a second clean cloth.

Please avoid to wear the wooden bracelets or other jewels/body accessories when in direct contact with perfume or alcohol on your wrists, lower arms or other body parts.

Microcrystalline Wax has been tested to the EN71 Part 3 regulations regarding coatings used on toys, you can examine the certificate here

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