I fully intended to only make a few samples but the second I wiped off the pigment and BLO mixture I knew I had a winner. After rubbing in the stain and letting it sit a few minutes I rubbed off most of the oil. While the oil was sitting I wet sanded the top and a few wear areas on the base. After letting the pieces sit for 15 minutes I buffed the surfaces to remove even more oil.
I am very happy with the outcome and very much looking forward to shooting shellac. I’ll let the oil cure until the weekend and hope that Sunday will be warm and sunny (and fog free).
The mix was 1 part pigment and 3 parts BLO; primarily Cyprus Umber Dark with a bit of the Cyprus Umber Warm and Natural Umber added in for variation.