The other day I was able to get my hands on some cork flooring from a friend of mine whom is a carpet layer/floor installer. He had some left over pieces of a cork floor and asked me if I wish to try it in my scrolling work. Of course I wanted to and I did.
So I picked out a easy project to cut, I also double stacked it with a piece of Batic Birch plywood I had, as I had no idea what the tear out may look like when I was done with cutting it out. I assumed that being cork and all, the piece would just fall apart in the back. The back has another small thin piece of cork though a complete variation from the front/top of this piece.
I made the perimeter the size of another macrame ring I have, like I used in my Indian Chief Intarsia, which I wrapped in macrame jute. I have plans on placing this project to fit inside this ring and make it into a wind chime of sorts or wall hanging with beads and feathers. Actually I never had a plan as I did not even think it would work. Now guilt is taking over and I have to do SOMETHING with it. If I knew it would cut so well I would have picked a pattern I really liked.
I would like to add that this did not tear up my blades as I thought it might. I also did not need to double stack cut this for fear of tear-out, (as I checked later and there was no problem with that) I used Olson’s
- 2, # 5 and # 7 reverse tooth blades on this project. They all worked well. I also plan on using more of this material as I find it fascinating, and can think of a lot of intarsia pieces this would be good for such as mountains, or rocks, etc. At the moment I am making a little seaside mirror that I am using this material for the sand. It really looks good as sand.
I also would like to say I am ONLY sharing this for the purpose of showing a different material to use when coming to scrolling. As I said at the beginning I tried to get one of my simpler patterns to try this on. Quite frankly, not in a million years did I think this would hold up to a drill press, band saw and a scroll saw. But then again, IT IS FLOORING!!!
-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!