Another look into my haunted forest

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Project by Dan'um Style posted 07-29-2009 05:58 PM 1783 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Artists always sell their best work & this one is sold …. Couldn’t have gone to a better customer. He is a FIREMAN who has been battling forest fires in California.
Framed stoneware tile frieze in bronze finish.
Quartersawn white oak.
All my tiles start as mahogany relief woodcarvings,then … made into plaster molds, pressed stoneware clay and kiln fired to 2375

Bronze acid patina finish is produced similar to “David Marks” DIY techniques . I use a combination of materials but a good place to start is

finish on the qswo is another fun process.

1) sand to 180 grit. Sprtiz with water and sand to 220.

2) golden oak achohol aniline dye stain … mixed really really stout … nearly black. apply with brush. even-out with rag.

3) Minwax red mahogany stain jazzed up with Japanese dryer . Apply oil stain mixture thickly with bush. While oil stain is still wet, wet-sand with fine steel wool or beartex. Rub hard and count to ten and a half. Avoid corners etc. Wipe with rag to reveal highlighted grain. Rub some more and add another coat of oil stain mixture. Wipe off with rag. Rub more if needed. wipe with rag. Let dry about 24hrs.

4) Spray a coat of right out of the can lacquer

5) French polish with seedlac shellac. Couple coats. Let dry for a couple hours.

7) Walnut Paste wax.

All works of quality must bear a price in proportion to the skill, time expense and risk attending to their invention and manufacture. Those things called dear, are, when justly estimated, the cheapest. They are attended with much less profit to the artist then those things which everbody calls cheap.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#1 posted 07-29-2009 06:05 PM

Love it love it love it!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 07-29-2009 06:21 PM

Very nice Dan, very unique!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#3 posted 07-29-2009 08:21 PM

Nice piece Dan.. you are very talented!

-- Scott, Colorado

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#4 posted 07-29-2009 08:38 PM

As always Dan, another great A&C frame.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 07-29-2009 09:32 PM

gee dan everytime i see your work ,
i say this is my favorite .
this one is no exeption ,
it is my favorite !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 07-29-2009 10:38 PM

Great work, Dan. Your stuff gets better all the time.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 07-29-2009 10:44 PM

Hey Dan
all of your work is topnotch and this framed stoneware tile is another outstanding work. Most beautiful .

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 07-29-2009 11:17 PM

Great looking combination of colors and wood.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#9 posted 07-29-2009 11:23 PM

All I can say is WOW…..your work blows me away !!!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#10 posted 07-29-2009 11:37 PM

Dan, Topshelf, No kidding, me likey very much. You’re the Man Dan, You’re the Man.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 07-30-2009 12:24 AM

Fantastic piece. Well done.

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#12 posted 07-30-2009 12:45 AM

Beauteous, Dan!! You are one of the true Artists amongst us…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#13 posted 07-30-2009 01:22 AM

Dan, these are truly wonderful pieces. I am a fan of arts and craft style pieces and you did a nice job on the design of this one. I appreciate the effort that you put into the finish as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#14 posted 07-30-2009 02:25 AM

very nice Dan

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#15 posted 07-30-2009 03:17 AM

Very haunting. Great job Dan.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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