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Durable & flexible finish for chopsticks2/8
I make chopsticks out of walnut, cherry and maple and then paint the tops of them with acrylic paint and sometimes copper leafing.
I'm looking for a very durable finish to protect them against paint coming off/leaf tarnish and overall scratching. (Care instructions advise against abrasive scrubbing, submerging in water for long periods and washing in dishwasher).
Currently I am using three coats of Varathane Interior No-Odor Water-Based in satin.
Is this the best finish for my chopsticks? Any suggestions on something better-suited? Anything stronger or more flexible?
In order for a finish to be durable, it has to be "hard". If it's hard, it can't be flexible.
Henry - I'm curious about the market and profit margin for hardwood chopsticks.
Do you mind sharing a little about your production rates, costs, and mark-up? I never imagined there could be a profitable business opportunity in such a unique niche.