Metalic effect on wood

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Blog entry by GodofBiscuits posted 05-12-2011 07:57 PM 2026 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I build wood geared clocks and have been thinking about making the gears looks a little more metal like with maybe some bronze and copper powders in a stain. Has anyone done this before and how did it turn out? I do not want the gears to be bright metal colored just have a hint of aged bronze look to them. I found another clock maker in Russia but the translation is completely lost between responses. The video of his clock can be seen here

It’d be great to replicate the look of his gears since Baltic Birch is not exactly the most attractive stuff but it’s absolutely tops for gears.


-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#1 posted 05-12-2011 09:22 PM

Jeffrey, good to see you active online again. I’m sure someone here will have an answer for you. OR, maybe translate the russian for you. My future son-in-law speaks fluent russian and will be here in July. If you don’t have a fix by then I’ll bring him over. Good luck


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#2 posted 05-12-2011 09:53 PM

You might experiment with Rub ‘n Buff, which is a wax based metallic finish…comes in little tubes like paint.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 06:37 AM

Mike, I’ll have to look into that and see if it fits my need.

Jim, Yeah, I’ve been working in spurts here and there trying to keep my sanity straight, or insanity depending on your point of view. I’m hoping to have a clock completed and ready to show at the Western Washington State Fair. If I’m unable to figure something out between now and July, your son-in-law is more than welcome to come translate for me. Any shows coming up?

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 02:27 PM

Don’t know if this would give you the look you are wanting. I use filings from a key maker or crushed Iron Pyrite (fools Gold). After staining and one coat of BLO/poly, I use a salt shaker and sprinkle the dust on the second coat after it has become tacky. Then, after that dries completely, another coat of BLO/pol. Then, a final finish with full strength poly. I’m going for a hint of gold and depth of finish.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 05-13-2011 02:32 PM

Hey Jeffrey,

Not sure if this is what you had in mind, but some sign makers I follow have done some pretty amazing metal looking MDF stuff. They use a set of products from Sculpt Nouveau. Here is their web site, and also a video from them about using one of their products.

Here is another link that I had stored away for a rainy day:

Good luck, and keep us informed on how you progress.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 05-13-2011 06:40 PM

Ranger Products makes Perfect Pearls (I use “Aged Patina” and “Metalics” on my small craft projects. It can be mixed with other mediums for effect. A little goes a long way.

Below is a link, and though a scrap booking site, you may very well find some ideas and products to combine with your woodworking projects. Lots of designs and products to transfer to wood. Doesn’t hurt to look around. :)

Tim Holtz

-- Rosey in WV . . . the real art is on the blotter ----

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#7 posted 05-14-2011 01:23 AM

I will do the first Art Walk this next Fri. I will be in front of the Frame Shop. My next show will be in mid Aug at the Poulsbo Art Show.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#8 posted 05-16-2011 09:04 PM

Thanks for all the great ideas. I am going to try a couple different methods on some scrap and see if I can’t find something that gives me my desired effect. The Sculpt Nouveau stuff looks interesting and there is a Buddha on there site that has the desired effect I am looking for so I will have to contact them about it.

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