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    WAY off topic: natural paints..

    Hi,
    With a new born around, i'm slowly getting aware of all the toxic things we live around all day long and getting worried about some of them...
    Long story short, I'm thinking of doing my own paints made from natural ingredients unless i'm able to find a local supply of organic paint already made.

    I need it for 2 things, first, paint the house and second, I build puzzles for my kid from oak or pine along with furnature etc. I wish to protect them and in some cases make them colorful. I am already using linseed oil for the oak pieces.. but some of the pine ones specially the puzzles I'd love to give them bright colors.

    I found a few books online to do this.. wondering if anyone had researched the same subject already and could steer me in the right direction.

    Cheers!

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    hi liv, as you know, in CANADA we do not use lead in our paint. theres nothing toxic about dry'd latex paint. when paint is dry its basically inert.
    I wouldn't worry a second about the paint.
    theres more lead in our water.
    now, I might be worried about linsead oil. kids will chew on puzzle pieces
    and oil is not a solid.
    I'd be more inclined to use varathane. once these products are solid there like glass. even if a baby managed to get a small little piece of varathane off the digestive system would just pass it IMO.
    fun to be worried 24/.7 aint it LOL. just wait buddy.hehe
    think your tired now.
    by the way, congrats I didn't see any mention of the baby on here!!

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    i'd have to agree, once paint is dry and cured it will be safe for the little ones. if your looking to add color to the puzzle pieces how about using tempera paint, it is definitely kid safe and available at toys r us.


    an alternate to linseed oil could be either walnut or tung oil, both will give you different color ( not bright though ) and are food safe but you have to make sure you and your little ones have no nut allergies.
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    ok thanks guys

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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