What are you trying to seal? Our pioneer forefathers used a variety of things, but these were often item specific. Canvas was treated with various oils to make "oil skins" these were some of the first raincoats.
Wood was often polished and treated with beeswax.
Pottery was (fired and sealed ) with various glazes made from fine silica and various oxides.
I have a few to post. Not only that I am going to link the best sight ever for the old paints. Lime wash, milk paint, shaker stain, stone washing, ect. It also has recipes for waxes which I am posting here. I found this sight a long time ago and it is so much fun because you can make your own for a whole lot cheaper! Link to follow recipies!
Home made paste wax. This can be used as a furniture. Or floor wax.
4 ounces Bee's wax. ( I find mine at the health food store and also weigh it there)
1 cup turpentine, or Iso-Pure Safe Solvent, or Citrus Solvent.
In a large mouth jar ( I use canning jars) place Bee's wax in jar, and place jar in a pan of water and heat on very low heat. Bee's wax is flammable so do it slow. Melting point is 144* Do not overheat! Remove from heat and stir in turpentine or Iso -pure safe solvent, or citrus solvent. Use only one of them! Stir slowly. Cool to a smooth paste.
You can make this into a aging wax also. 1 part pigment color to 3 parts wax. You can use less but no more. Use a knife (I use a kitchen knife to mix it into the wax)
Until it is totally blended in.
I find pigment at Earth Pigment Company. If I am in a hurry I go to a art store. I haven't ever been able to find it at Micheal's or Hobby Lobby. I have a art group and we like using pigment. I have had a friend tell me she use's dry color. She said the color isn't as rich and there is discoloration after awhile. But you could try it I haven't.
Bee's Wax can be melted and also used as a wax for furniture, painted, unfinished or finished furniture. I have added pigment to this also!
A harder wax recipe. A harder and shinier finish
4 ounces of Bee's wax.
2 Tablespoons of Carnauba Wax ( this is a paste wax for cars in automotive section, I found it at Walmart, it lasts forever! I used this recipe on my kitchen table!)
1 cup Turpentine, or you can use Iso-pure Safe, or citrus Solvent pick one only!
Melt Carnauba Wax first , in a pan of water, slowly melt. Bee's wax is highly flammable! Melting point is 184* after it is melted add Bee's wax and continue to melt. Remove from the heat and stir in the turpentine,or iso-pure safe, or citrus solvent. Pick one only to stir in . Let cool then use.
This sight is the Best! They have tons of recipes for everything in painting, waxing, lime, milk paint, stain! They deserve all the credit. I make my recipes from this sight it saves tons of money! And I also buy a lot from them. But whether you buy or not they give you everything you need to DIY and save a lot of money
hurry with those posts sherrie haha really can't wait xx
Chris the wax ones are on the comment above! I know I rattle but this sight gives so much great info!
Thanks for the tips,I appreciate the input.I make a variety of things with shells,driftwood,seaweed,rocks,and repurposed items.I refer to them as Naturemade crafts.I also make playdough and use it as a foundation for some projects and wanted to find a natural,easy homemade ingredient Icould brush on that will seal,perserve,and add lustre to the finished product.I once bought a mirror framed with a beautiful assortment of seashells and it had such thick,glossy topcoat.I was told that it had been glazed with a homemade concoction that included honey.Has anyone out there got a line on what that process consists of.Unfortunatly,the person from whom I learned about this application has since passed away,so I never discovered the list of ingrediants involved,but I can say that it was a super thick,glossy mixture that was brushed on.AND it was made at home.I
Shellac was one of the first "glossy" type finished developed. The base of shellac is from insect secretions. These are processed and then dissolved in alcohol.
The dry flakes have a much longer shelf life than the mixed usable product.
and a re available from many places.