As the top panel related to two Greek muses dancing (see blog entry for marquetry jewelry box the beginning) I decided all the other panels would be muses dancing or playing music. I searched through all my marquetry books hoping to find something I could use ,but to no avail, in the end I found a few thing on the net that looked promising. The front panel was a composition of a couple of drawings that was put together.
As i am doing two boxes I need four panels , therefore I used the classic method for cutting.
Next for the sides, again the classic method used. here is a pic of the cut pieces with a dime placed there for scaling reference.
Starting to assemble the picture
Finished panels and cut in the round.
The panels were inserted into a swag background that was made earlier , I decided on an oval rather that the round.
Next to glue the panels to the box sides with hide glue, A counterbalance veneer was used to stop any warp-age.
Then the panels placed in the press , a thin layer of cork is used on both sides to take up any discrepancies in the thickness of veneers and left overnight.
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