Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Staining Tip for Wood Crafts

Seriously, staining has always been such a pain to figure out. I prefer traditional stain, but it has such a strong odor that you have to let it sit in your garage for a few days before you can bring it in the house.
I think I have finally figured out the type of stain that I prefer. And I think I have finally figured out the best techniques. So, here are some tips and tricks.
First, the kind of stain that I buy is Minwax Water-based Wood Stain in Colonial Pine. This stain is somewhat difficult to find, but I have found it at Home Depot. It should be already mixed in that color. The color is important, because anything else will be too dark or too light, etc.
Now, how you stain depends on how distressed or "dirty" you want your craft to look. If you don't want it to look too dirty, then you will want to do a couple of coats of paint and then sand it lightly... that way the stain won't adhere to the wood as well. If you want it to look dirty, then only do one coat of paint and sand away.
This stain is premixed, but I have watered it down a little bit at times to make it go further as well as make it a little lighter.
I always wear gloves when I stain because although it is water-based, it will stick to your hands and is difficult to wash off.
I prefer to stain the sides of the wood first. Then I stain the back. Wipe any excess stain off with paper towels. Then, you will want to stain the front. Wipe the stain on with a foam brush and wipe it off with paper towels. If you don't want the stain to look too dirty, wipe it off quickly.
Always let the stain dry before hot gluing anything to make sure the glue will stick.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Patriotic Wood Craft Classes

I know you guys probably want to get your patriotic stuff up for the summer..... so no time to waste!
Tues. June 8th 9:30-11:30 a.m. (my kids have swimming at 11:30, so we have to be done by then).
Thurs. June 10th 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sat. June 12th 10:00 a.m.- noon
Patriotic Trio: $10 (you may do any combination that you want... just let me know if you want a firework, flag, hat... what combo of 3?) Stands are $5.
Hot Air Balloon: $17
Uncle Sam: $18 (can be a yard stake or hanging)
(you probably remember this guy from St. Patrick's Day)