Care For Your Pine Needle Basket or Memory Catcher Care for your pine needle basket is easy. You should treat it as you would a fine piece of clear wooden furniture. Use a good furniture polish (available at most reputable Antique Stores), Neatsfoot Oil, or softened bees wax and polish with a soft lint free cloth (do not use bath towels or terry cloth).
You may use a damp cloth to remove dust or dirt, just not dripping wet, then be sure to use Bees Wax, a Premium Furniture Polish or Neatsfoot Oil immediately after. If you choose to use Bees Wax you will need to place the basket in the oven on 150 to 200 for a few minutes until the bees wax is melted. Do not use Bees Wax on Baskets or Memory Catchers that have paintings on them as it will melt the and blister the Acrylic Paint.
If there are any snags when polishing the basket, this is from the ends of the pine needles. You can just snap off the offending point (they are single and small).
Be careful when polishing so that you do not poke a finger on any pine needle tips. The tips will tend to break off under the skin and should be treated just like you would a sliver of wood, when removing.
The baskets are made of all natural products, except the artificial sinew (thread). Obsidian arrow heads are SHARP and should be treated accordingly. The natural stones may change color when oiled/polished. Bone beads may turn odd colors when oiled/polished.
All baskets and memory catchers are treated with Neatsfoot Oil before sale.
FEATHERS WILL BE RUINED IF OILED. I am not advocating the use of Linseed Oil at this time as it appears that the manufactures have changed the formula and I ruined about 10 lbs of pine needles recently with a new can of Linseed Oil.
You should not let your basket accumulate dust as it will deteriorate the basket.
Do not WET your basket. Do not WASH your basket, especially in water. Do not use Murphy’s Oil Soap on your basket or memory catcher. Do not use any Old English products on your basket or memory catcher. Do not use SPRAY furniture polish on your basket or memory catcher. Do not use alcohol on your basket or memory catcher. Do not use anything on your basket that you would not use on your fine and/or antique wooden furniture. I Do Not recommend using shellac as it does not allow the basket to breath or absorb wax/oil and the basket/memory catcher will dry out and crack and/or break.
ENJOY your Pine Needle Memory Basket or Memory Catcher Carolie C Jensen
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