Gosh Darn Everyone … that was pretty mean of me to leave you all in suspense like that!! But pressing the main Art Nouveau design onto the front of the wine box turned out absolutely fine … and better yet … I found those missing photos relating to the other 3 panels!!
BUT ... before I get farther into this blog I’m wondering if anyone out there has had a window jump up in front of them while on this particular site stating: ”Warning … Visiting this site may harm your computer. Contains Malware!!” ??? It’s never happened before, until this evening when I tapped in!!
Okay … I’ll try not to worry about crashing hard-drives and all things exploding in cyber-space … and get on with this blog:
I knew somebody out there in LumberJock Land was interested in my presses. I’m glad you got to view my ‘pride & joy’ press Mathew!
So … now that Nouveau Gal was successfully pressed, I applied tape to her edges to facilitate a clean trim. Rosewood and a few other brittle veneers like to shed grain while trimming … the tape helps to prevent that from happening. Then a bit of ‘drum sanding’ to clean up the spigot hole ….........
The method I use to prevent the smearing of veneer colours into other veneers … especially dark smudging into those light ones … is to apply a few coats of sanding sealer to the raw veneer surface BEFORE trying to sand anything. In fact I don’t even sand then! I use my hand-dandy straight edged razor to scrape the surface … then apply more sanding sealer.
The sanding sealer left behind will help to fill some of the grain … however, at this point it’s more important to preserve the clean colours of each veneer. Another coat of sealer is sprayed onto the surface and the box set aside to dry while I apply some thought to the other 3 panels.
Why not just leave that front panel alone until the rest of them have been glued on and are ready for spray finish?? Well … I tend to be a bit hard on things … and in the process of gluing 3 other panels to this box, it’s nice to know that the lacquered surface can handle a few scratches that are much easier to remove than having to remove scratches from raw surfaces!
I know I wasn’t as fussy while gluing took place for those other panels. In comparison, very little time was spent in the cutting of their design. Nouveau Gal warranted that extra bit of tender lov’n care!!
The next series of photos will show the progression of those other 3 panels … from the first showing a rough penciled idea, along with pad of Poplar veneer ready for leaf-making, the flower template I’ll use for scribing, and the grape clusters that will be inserted into the large leaf design afterwards.
With one end of the design cut out from the Rosewood background (these 3 panels padded together minus the motif design), the top ‘waste’ section from that cut is used as a template to scribe for a close duplicate on the other end of the panel … and the scribe lines enhanced with shoe polish. I finally used up all my old hardened black polish and am happily using my soft and pasty brown stash!! ... wishing I had thrown out that black stuff a long time ago. Waste not, ya know?!!
Now comes the fun stuff!! Blocking up one end while inserting the padded Poplar under the other, a leaf is scribed.
BUT … before I cut that leaf out, I want to insert my grape cluster … and that is so much easier to do beforehand! So … the grape cluster template is used to scribe exactly where I want those grapes to ‘hang’. A pilot hole is drilled …........
By now … my faithful followers! ... you are well versed in all the many facets of preparing a Marquetry design!! The cutting, and sand shading. The piecing together and face-taping. Filling the back, light pressure while drying. The slow but necessary process of scraping away excess filler, then refilling in spots wherever needed.
............... and surprisingly this came together very quickly! BUT ... before the filler was applied to the backs of these panels, I had to stop and seriously contemplate their succession, as the design had to be used in the reverse for a match in one panel … and another not only reversed, but upside down!! Ya … I know … that doesn’t really make sense! So I’m not giving much thought as to the why of it. That the motifs had to match up at the end of the day was my only concern!!
Once I was happy with what I saw … and these are the fronts that will show … protective tape was applied, and the mess of back tape removed. This whole process may seem (to some) an outrageous waste of tape, and indeed I did go through a whole roll of masking tape in the making of this entire Marquetry design … well, almost. There’s still some left. But it only cost a buck … I’m okay with that!! Landfill is another issue entirely!!! But I digress …......
At long last, the prepared 3 panels were glued to their substrate box!! Edges were trimmed and sanding sealer applied, and scraped off a few times.
Not a bad match … eh?!!
With a few more coats of sanding sealer … a few more sessions with the razor blade … and a final coat of sealer (just for good measure!) ... Nouveau Gal with her ‘entourage’ of motifs, grapes and flowers was set aside to rest!
Rest? ... that sounds like a really good idea!! The last blog for Nouveau Gal will concentrate of the construction of her lid. Yes, you heard me right! I am going to build this lid with my very own hands!! Okay … I can afford to be a teensy-weensy bit boastful at this point because it’s actually in the final stages of completion … mitered corners and all!!
But if that isn’t enough enticement for you to tap in next time … maybe the thought of viewing a special visitor I bet you’ll all recognize will make you curious enough, eh?!!
I’ll try to get this final blog out fairly soon as there won’t be much time left before cabin life begins for us … BUT just in case some of you are starting to get all teary-eyed over the thought of it being the last blog … remember … there’s still Nouveau Lady for me to blog about!! ................
You are all such a fun bunch of artistic people who know how to shower this gal with encouragement and wonderful praise … do you think I’m about to give that up?!!
Thanks for following, and I’ll chat again … soon!! Nightie-night :)
-- Elaine in Duncan