Designing a Christmas Wreath #3: Selecting Colors for the AmbersBear Inlay

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Blog entry by KomputerMan posted 11-19-2014 11:32 PM 1647 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I chose the types of wood I’m going to use to build the AmbersBear inlay I’m putting on the Festival of Trees wreath hanger. This slice of burled maple I found will make an awesome hanger and provide the perfect place to highlight an AmbersBear inlay.

I’ve already built the Yellow Heart / Bacote and the glitter filled Purple Heart ornaments for the wreath so I laid them out with the hanger to see what it all looked like. Placing all the various colors together helps me visualize the other elements of the design I want to incorporate into the wreath.

I want three sets of ornaments for the wreath so I need to build one more set. I still have a large amount of material from the slab of old growth Redwood I’ve blogged about before. I also had a block of curly dark walnut that I thought would go well with the redwood. I’ll use the Sequoia for the center of the ornaments and the Walnut for the outside portion of the ornament.

Now that I have all of the woods selected for the ornaments I can design the AmbersBear inlay too. For the inlay I’m going to use:
  • Yellow Heart for the legs and head
  • Purple Heart for the paws and outer ear
  • Old growth redwood (Sequoia) for the sweater
  • Curly Walnut for the mask and inner ear
  • Not sure if I will use Sequoia or Rosewood for the Santa Hat. Thoughts???
  • Pink filled glitter epoxy for the nose
  • Blue filled glitter epoxy for the eyes.

With a little luck tomorrows entry will show the AmbersBear inlay built into the burled maple. Hope to have the Santa Hat design finished too!!!

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)

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