Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #11: Sand Shading

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 05-23-2014 04:58 PM 1491 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I has been a while and I thought I could give an update on this project.

We are preparing the class room for june, which means cleaning the space we use between the classes as our marquetry and french polish workshop.

I am finishing shading before to put the project on the side for those reason.

I use the sand shading method and mostly dipping considering the number of pieces.

I usually do one or 2 flowers at a time and dip a series of 2 or 3 pieces, sometime 4 which gives me an average of 8 to 16 pieces at all time in the sand. The burning can go real fast on some wood so I prioritize them by there speeds and try to keep the same type of wood in the sand to get a certain rhythm like put it in 1 2 3 4 flip a other one 1 2 3 4 take of the last one 1 2 3 4, put in a new one if I have time 1 2 3 4 flip the first one 1 2 3 4 take of the second 1 2 3 4 etc…

I place them on my paper in order so I can put them back easily in eclate when I am done shading a group. this gives ime for the sand to get real hot again by putting the lid back on.

When I am done doing a side of the tray I put it on the other side of the skillet for a better access to the pieces to shade

So up to today I have done all the box’s sides

and a good part of the top

And as usual couple close ups, just because I like them

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 05-23-2014 10:18 PM

I can see by your work here Patrice that I will have to become pretty well organized if I am to do and serious marquetry work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-24-2014 12:13 AM

Good blog Patrice. You’ve shown me a few new nuances about the process.
Thank you.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 05-26-2014 11:17 AM

Always fascinating to see the pieces before and after shading. It’s almost like a magic trick.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 05-26-2014 05:04 PM

It is nice to learn marquetry in a methodical and organized fashion as when the projects gets complicated you have a good base and a good rhythm to rely on.
As was thinking during those last session, what is the thing that is not really technical but makes it easier to shade. Rhythm. There really is a flow there. But be ready to meditate, because with thousands of pieces you really have to be patient.
I get bored while shading but with a good audio book, it helps and a good shading makes a big difference at the end.

-- Patrice lejeune

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