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« on: November 26, 2007 07:50:49 AM »

With the lead scare going around I've been thinking of making a few wooden toys for my daughter.  But I was wondering about the craft paint that is available, such Americana and Apple Barrel, can anyone point me to a book or a site which includes tutorials on making safe toys?

Besides paint I need info on primer and gloss overcoating as to whether or not they are safe or should I just stick to craft paints and nothing else?  Also what about wood glue from Elmers?  Is that safe as well?

I apologize for number of questions I have, but this is for my 4-yr old daughter and I just want to make sure everything is safe for her.
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2007 02:35:05 PM »

I don't know about paints, and safety, and would hate to steer you the wrong way on that.

However, food dyes will stain untreated wood. (At least, kool-aid did, so I'd imagine food colorings and easter egg dyes would too).  As far as sealing the wood goes, try giving it a good polish with bees wax or food-grade mineral OIL. (Its what you're supposed to rub down wooden cutting boards and butcher blocks with, because vegetable oil goes rancid (and STINKY). You can probably get it at a drugstore or hardware store.)

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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2007 08:24:47 AM »

Thank you for the reply.  I never used Kool-Aid before.  When dying it are the colors as bright as it would be if I used paint versus natural dyes?

I did email Plaid who make Apple Barrel paints and was told by them that I could use any paint that uses the AP symbol.  I just want to make sure I use safe materials when I paint a wooden toy.
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2007 08:34:23 PM »

What are you thinking of making? Is it something that you need to paint, or can you leave it a natural wood finish? I have heard that Kool-aid can be used to stain but it will give it more of a color-washed look not a strong color comparable to paint. You can use milk paint and as far as finish goes, you can purchase beeswax-based finishes for wood toys. Or make one with beeswax and linseed oil or beeswax and jojoba oil. I personally don't like to use mineral oil because it's a petroleum product just like plastic is. Kudos to you for making wood toys for your kidlet.
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2007 12:13:20 AM »

Milk paint is extremely safe and dries to a very durable finish that usually does not need additional sealing.  It also has a rather charming "vintage" look, and the colors can be quite deep and attractive.


Or you can make your own:  http://www.realmilkpaint.com/recipe_print.html
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