These pinecones have a pretty good coating of finish by now. It is time for a bit of wet sanding to smooth out any rough areas for the final applications. I use 1,500 grit wet/dry sandpaper dipped into water with a drop of detergent. Fold the sandpaper over a rubber eraser and with a circular motion sand out the rough spots.
Wipe it dry with a paper towel and sand some more if needed. You are just sanding off the top of the waterproof shellac, so the wood is not getting wet at all.
Now put a new piece of cotton on the wool pad, wrap a rubber band around it and you have a clean Munica to apply the final applications.
Here are the components. Left, Shellac diluted in alcohol Put 8 drops on the Munica. center, Alcohol, put 3 drops on the munica, right, Olive oil, put 1 drop on the munica, Tap it hard a few times on the back of your hand and
Rub and rub on the wood. You will see it begin to shine and become richer and richer with each application
So now, sanded and another coat and they will hang for another day as the shellac hardens and matures.
So now its time to go back to the next generation of Concert Pinecones in production. This is the third and final back being shaped with rasp and bow sander. The idea for the pencil marks is to fair the curve around the entire piece evenly, then go to the next pencil mark. The result will be a nicely curved back.
the first tier is shaped with this really sharp rasp.
Now the 2nd tier is shaping up.
Now its time for the bow sander to smooth things up. Thats all for now.