Walnut and blue stone laminate with glue chip mirror

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Project by savannah505 posted 2097 days ago 2350 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece I did long ago and recently pulled out of storage. Made with walnut on outer and inner frame, with blue stone laminate, and a mirror done in a process called glue chipping. This is a not often seen, type of glass work. The design area is taped off, and sand blasted, then an animal hide glue is applied and put in an oven at about 300 degrees. The glue does a fast cure, creating so much tension as it dries that it actually starts popping chips of glass off, it resembles a fern effect. It is a dangerous type of glass work, as the glass pops free at a fairly high velocity, and you wouldn’t want to be around it, needless to say the area and oven can have a lot of razor sharp glass shards. After this is done, the glass is silvered on the back with mirror coating. I have another one I will show soon, that is done in black maple and cobalt blue mirror, done in the same process, should be in a couple of days, maybe tomorrow. Merry Christmas to all.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#1 posted 2097 days ago

That’s amazing! The glass looks like it’s covered with frost.

Thanks for posting.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 2097 days ago

Cool frame! I always look forward to seeing mixed media in woodworking, and bringing in laminate to this frame is a good example. Nice work.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 2097 days ago

That is one stunning piece. I am just getting my feet wet on the wood working side and then someone goes and shows off there glass work as well – I think I am forever going to be in last place <inner> ” no Belinda, not another creative pathway, for god sake no!”

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 2097 days ago

Beautiful craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 2096 days ago

Yet another gorgeous piece here : ) Your work is amazing !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 2096 days ago

Dan Great looking frame it sure would look great in my House ! Hey whats that little sticker at the bottom Made In China

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#7 posted 2096 days ago

Rj – Thanks for the “Made in China” payback!!!!!!!!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 2096 days ago

RJ, I saw the sticker also. I thought it just meant “leaded glass.”

Cool looking process, Dan. Good luck on Ebay.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 2096 days ago

That sounds like a very interesting process. Did you do the glass work yourself?

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 2096 days ago

very effectively Dan!!
as the ice fogginess, which provides Wall!

much success you want on eBay:))



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#11 posted 2096 days ago

Blake – I didn’t do the glass myself, I don’t have the facilities to do this as it takes a large oven to handle big pieces of glass, plus the mess it makes. To RJ and Trifern, glad your friends you jokers. LOL

-- Dan Wiggins

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#12 posted 2096 days ago

Beautiful work!

-- I will not preach, nor will I be silent.

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