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BOULLE MARQUETRY WITH BRASS, PEWTER AND FAUX TORTOISE SHELL - a beginners approach

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Blog series by madburg updated 04-18-2017 04:27 AM 4 parts 7258 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: Starting point - My Chevalet, and the boulle style design that I used

03-20-2017 01:00 AM by madburg | 7 comments »

The first Boulle style box Engraved Boulle marquetry box lid STARTING POINT I am always looking for something small and complicated to make. I have made a few items over the last 5 years that have featured marquetry panels of one sort or another. See my Woman in Gold http://lumberjocks.com/projects/262434 Klimt on a box http://lumberjocks.com/projects/221162 and the interior of the doors on my Curiosity Cabinet http://lumberjocks.com/projects/239618 You can see from these exa...

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Part 2: Materials used, making up the packets, sawing the packets, assembling the design

04-05-2017 02:03 PM by madburg | 5 comments »

My first trial sawing, loosely assembled, showing the six combinations from one lot of sawing. MATERIALS Typically boulle style marquetry used a combination of brass and/or pewter, tortoise shell, and ebony, and occasionally other wood veneers. The traditional method of interchanging the cut out pieces of these materials gave just two marquetry panels. Premier-partie or first part was brass set into a background of tortoiseshell, and Contra-partie, was tortoiseshell set into a backgro...

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Part 3: Preparing the marquetry panels for gluing down, and sanding the panels ready for engraving.

04-14-2017 12:59 PM by madburg | 4 comments »

Probably the best of the color combinations. A Premier Partie with a back ground of black and faux tortoise shell. PREPARING THE MAREQUETRY PANELS FOR GLUING ONTO THE SUBSTRATE I had already decide to use epoxy glue for my assembly – but more on this later ………. With the marquetry ‘jigsaws’ assembled on the gummed paper I used a black pigmented epoxy to fill the visible saw kerfs in the design. Traditionally, crushed charcoal mixed with shellac was used. I applied my pigmented epo...

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Part 4: Engraving the panels

04-18-2017 04:27 AM by madburg | 5 comments »

ENGRAVINGENGRAVING ON BOULLE Welcome to part 4. The content of the previous blogs in this series will be familiar to many of you already doing marquetry. Though I guess my use of epoxy glue, and the issues related to the significantly different thickness of the materials might be new. They were for me, however the biggest new aspect of this whole Boulle marquetry project was the engraving. Having used brass, pewter and tortoise shell in my panel designs they were further enhanced by ...

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