A great project. I was glad to see "Tabacos de Costa Rica" in the large photo. There is a lady by the name of Joyful...yes, that is her real name....in Lincoln, NE. who has a business using bands called "Joyful's Cigar Art." http://www.joyfulscigarart.com/home.html She made a portrait for the owner of Tab. de Costa Rica.
I don’t like the final surface of mod-podge, especially for something that will serve food. I’d suggest lightly sanding the mod podge surface (320 grit), wiping it off, and then adding several layers of water-based polyurethane finish.
If it really n Ed’s to be waterproof, I’d float a thin layer of clear epoxy over the whole thing, but that’s tricky.
Yes, Bruce is now the Guru of posting really large pictures.
Hey, now! Don't drag me into this. That was JunglePete that can't seem to resize his picture correctly. But at least he finally figured out how to post one!
Sorry Bruce, that picture was so big I didn't even notice Pete had posted. I thought it was still your post. Congrats Pete on your new found ability to post pics and extend the overall length of a thread considerably all at the same time. Pure genius.
All done, pretty happy with how it turned out for my first crack at this. I went with two thin coats of mod podge on top of the bands followed by about 5 coats of polyurethane, with some 320 grit sanding each coat as needed.