I got these designs cut and etched and they turned out awesome. I will be turning them into brooches and selling them at Patchwork, and eventually on etsy. My original plan was to stain them, but looking at the stain, I think I like them plain better. Maybe it's the wood - it seems to be taking the stain unevenly. I like the look of wood grain, so it's okay to me that grain is showing through, but it looks a little blotchy to me. Or maybe it's just that the stain is too dark and I need to go buy a lighter stain. The fangs turned out better with the stain than the ice cream guy.
Here's another thing - at work, I have a really rad boss who is super supportive of my outside-of-work artistic endeavors. He mentioned that the wood as it is, with no stain or painting, is kind of plain and unfinished-looking. I value his opinion a lot, but he's also not exactly my target market. So I'm not sure if I agree.
What do you think? Comments welcome!