Just wanted to respond to all the nice comments and questions about my posting “mom’s jewelry box”. Thanks to everyone for the kind comments. Technically speaking No marquetry was used in the making of the surface decoration, but actually “inlayed” into the surface of the box. A cavity was routed to fit all the pieces into. All the inlay consisted of pieces that were around 0.60 or 1/16 of an inch. All the pieces were cut by hand using a jewelers saw (looks like a tiny coping saw). The blades are quite small as you can imagine, they range from “0” to about #8 in ascending order, which is about the size of a coping saw blade, to 8/0 in decending order which is extremely small., I primarily use 3/0 and 4/0 for most of my cutting, which are about 0.10 thick. I first design a theme from my own drawings or from photos i’ve taken, or photos from books or magazines. from there its a matter of getting everything to scale, which I do at the printer/copier machine ,and then I take it to my drafting/light table where I put it all together. When I’m satisfied with the composition, I make many drawings/tracings to clean up everything., from there its back to the copier to make copies.,these become my patterns that I cut out and glue to what ever material I’m going to use for that particular piece. I glue the paper patterns to the material that will be cut with cyanoacrylate. After the pieces are cut and filed, they are arranged and secured to the surface where they will be inlayed(I use some sort of model making glue/airplane glue,which holds the pieces well, but makes it fairly easy to remove the pieces later) after the glue dries , I then scribe around the whole perimeter using a scribe or x-acto knife., then I gently pry off the pieces by sliding a razor blade under each one., I then use chalk to rub into the scribed lines. this gives me a visible line to rout to.,the cavities are then routed,( the router is set to depth according to the thickness of the piece to be inlayed) the inlay pieces are then placed in the cavity and glued with epoxy or cyanoacrylate, allowed to dry, and then sanded flush.The materials I used For this particular project ( “mom’s jewlery box”) are as follows. WOODS~The box was made from figured bubinga, gaboon ebony, makore,leopardwood,snakewood, and a unique wood that’s reported to be carbon dated at 50,000 years old called swamp kauri from New Zealand. SHELL~mother of pearl, black mother of pearl, gold mother of pearl, green abalone, red abalone,paua abalone, and pink mussell shell. METALS~ sterling silver, copper, brass.RECON. STONE~jade, red coral. PLASTICS~corian. IVORIES~ woolly mammoth tusk, elephant ivory(please note: the elephant ivory came from a reputable scorce. this ivory was already here in the U.S. prior to the 1976 c.i.t.e.s treaty ban, which is legal to purchase and use here in the U.S ).The box was finished with nitro. lacquer ( about ten coats and sanded/rubbed out).
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