A few days ago, I posted that I was experimenting with my own finishing product, and then in Turner’s Journey E4, I sort of showed it off. Well now, I have the recipe nailed and have made three 50ml pots to give away to three lucky UK turners who comment on this post!
The product, which I am calling ‘Hampshire Sheen‘ is a careful blend of danish oil, carnauba and micro-crystalline waxes which, when applied gives a gorgeous lustre to a turned piece.
The test piece above on an oak spindle, sanded to 400 grit and then given a single coat of cellulose sanding seal shows the difference between finishes. On the left is a single coat of danish oil, in the middle is Hampshire Sheen and on the right is a single coat of pure carnauba wax. The difference, I think is fairly obvious.
I used to prefer a danish oil only finish to a piece over a bright gloss, but it never produced enough of a lustre, and also it is not very hard wearing. Hampshire Sheen produces, for me at least a deep enough lustre to bring the best out of the wood and give a decently hard wearing topcoat to a piece through the mix of the two waxes.
Here is a Meranti bowl I completed using Hampshire Sheen from the first little batch I made. The blend has produced a finish to the surface that has a warm glow without being plastic looking which can be achieved with a full carnauba finish. It still retains a lot of the hard wearing characteristics carnauba wax, and with the micro-crystalline addition, the wood is doubly protected. Click the images to enlarge them.
Applying it to a piece is easy. Sand your piece down to 400 grit and if you wish, apply a single light coat of sanding sealer. I used a thinned cellulose sealer for the bowl and oak spindle. Allow this to dry and then cut back with 00 grade wire wool. Next, clean off any remaining dust or wire frangments with a paper towel. Then, using a fresh piece of paper towel, apply a small amount of Hampshire Sheen to the surface of your piece ensuring an even coverage. Then buff. A video will be available this week showing the application process. That’s it. Done. Keep the lid on to prevent the finish from drying out.
Get A Free Pot of Hampshire Sheen
Don’t just take my word for how good I think my Hampshire Sheen is! I’ve got three 50ml pots to give away to UK woodturners who comment on this post before Friday 4th September. Then, I’ll randomly select the lucky three turners and announce the names in Turner’s Journey E5 on YouTube on the evening of Friday 4th September. I’ll also contact each one individually for postage details.
ENTRIES FOR THE GIVEAWAY ARE NOW CLOSED. SORRY.
So, What’s the Deal? How Do I Enter?
In order to enter the giveaway, you must be a UK based woodturner, over 18 years of age. To enter, just leave a comment on this post about why you think you should be chosen to try Hampshire Sheen and I’ll choose the three most ‘worthy’ winners on Friday 4th September. After you have tried Hampshire Sheen on an item or two, you must then be prepared to let me know what you think of it! Easy really.
The feedback you send, together with your first initial and surname may be used to promote Hampshire Sheen online or offline.
There are options below the comment box to sign-up to my newsletter or not. It is entirely up to you if you wish to join the newsletter – I won’t be bombarding you with emails – perhaps one every ten days or so – nothing spectacular. But if you do sign-up, you will receive information on other giveaways and goodies specifically for subscribers, including voucher codes for Hampshire Sheen.
Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to UK turners to keep costs down. Hampshire Sheen will be available worldwide though when it goes on sale in a week or twos time.
Any questions? Please contact me and I will be pleased to help!
Thanks very much for reading, and if you enter, good luck in the giveaway!