|Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 1371 days ago||1721 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
This is a 9” x 9” picture frame that I designed which will be featured in an upcoming issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. The saying in the middle is scroll sawn, not painted on. The frame itself is made from pine, and the overlay pieces are made of maple. For the overlays, I used a process called ‘segmentation’ where each piece is cut individually and then shaped with a Dremel or other rotary tool, stained and then reassembled on a thin veneer backing. The pieces are then glued onto the frame. This is kind of like intarsia, but much easier because you cut the overlays from a single piece so the fitting is perfect every time.
I used SamaN water-based stain to color the project. It is one of my favorite products. It is odor-free and comes in approximately 35 colors and doesn’t raise the grain at all or leave overlap marks on larger items. I have had friends use it on entire kitchens with excellent results (NO – I don’t work for them and they don’t pay me – I just love the product!). They have a site at http://www.dtep.com/saman.htm if you want to check them out. Their stains do cost a bit more, it seems, but if you have allergies or are sensitive to odors, you may want to give them a try.
I have a series of patterns I developed using this style which I call ‘Simple Segmentation’ because I think it is a great starting point for those who want to break into intarsia or don’t have access or means to purchase many types of exotic wood. I hope you enjoy seeing the project.
(The last picture in this series shows the turn buttons I made)
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"