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Any suggestions on natural finishes for 3d carvings?

After machining and sanding, seal the wood with 2 or 3 coats of shellac that is cut (thinned) to about a 1 lb cut. This soaks in and drys rapidly, sealing the wood. Follow this with 1-3 coats of shellac straight from the can. After letting this dry overnight, begin to apply the glaze from General Finishes. It is water based and used straight from the can. You can adjust the tone by varying the amount you put on and wipe off...normally apply 2 or 3 thin coats of glaze. Applying thin coats gives more control and it drys pretty fast. After the final coat of glaze, let it dry overnight and then adjust any areas with steel wool and either finish it with 1 or 2 more coats of shellac or Deft Clear Wood Finish (spray can). The sign below used 2 more coats of shellac, let dry, then wet sanded, buffed and waxed.
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