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Cathryn Peters
Re: Finishing Fiber Rush
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:46am


Don't try the white glue solution on a rush seat, it probably won't work at all in getting the desired result. Jill and I only use that on wicker furniture to smooth down the fuzzies before painting the paper rush wicker. You could of course, try the technique out on some practice pieces, but don't do it on the final product until you are sure it will turn out how you want.

As was mentioned before, the paper rush product is not as good as it was 20-40 years ago and there are far less choices since there are only about three companies still producing paper rush.

In the olden days, I never had to worry at all about "hairy" or "fuzzy" rush and I never used any water on it at all, no dipping, no spritzing. And then I used two coats of actual varnish. Turned out perfectly every time!

But now it's a different situation entirely with the rush being fuzzy already when just taking out of the box or package! And most times it gets very fuzzy after applying shellac, poly or even varnish! To say nothing of lightly spritzing the corners as you go around them!

The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn Peters

  • Finishing Fiber Rush gm.hefley, Tue Apr 24 6:10am
    Thank you for your reply. I do give it a 15 second dip before weaving. Then if I have to leave it for long enough for it to dry out, spray mist it before beginning again. I have very strong hands and ... more
    • Re: Finishing Fiber Rush Cathryn Peters, Wed Apr 25 10:46am
    • Re: Finishing Fiber Rush Robin Starr, Tue Apr 24 9:51am
      I'm still a little confused. Seems like you are trying to solve two problems at once. One, the roughness and two, the color. Have you tried either wheat-backed rush or light (golden) rush? Both of... more
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