|Project by Heidi Neely||posted 06-14-2010 06:02 PM||2541 views||2 times favorited||23 comments|
This is a carving done in Maple that I finished up over the weekend. I wanted to make something for my mom for her birthday, and I had an idea of what I wanted, but turned to the internet for some inspirational pictures. As you can see from pic #3….I ended up coming up with my own design by using some of the ideas I got online.
It’s also my 1st attempt at doing an inlay. I inlaid the design on the tree goddess in poplar wood…...I liked the contrast that the green color adds. It’s a bit unrefined, but as I said, it was my first…so I know my next inlay will be better.
As far as finish, I wanted this to have a rustic/folk art kind of feel. I tried to apply a color “wash” over it and then wipe it off to allow the color to stay around the edges of the design. The 1st time I put it on it started to dry faster then I could wipe it off, and also was lighter then I hoped….so I applied another coat, and then had to allow it dry time, then sand off the excess. I followed that up with several coats of a spray on clear finish in a satin sheen. It turned out alright in the end. Not exactly what I pictured, but close. It’s definately different then any of my other finishes I’ve done.
As always, comments….positive or negative are welcome…..and thank you for looking! : )
-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”