|Project by Coloneldon||posted 07-19-2010 01:42 AM||1446 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
Wow I got lucky. This is my first try at inlaying a picture onto one of my works. The luck was selecting a board I used to make the plate. This board is figured walnut and as you can see once I put the tree on it all the figure just jumped out. The dark section across the lower half I did pick to represent the ground and so I put the trees just above it. I did not see that below it would appear to be the ripples of a pond until I put the first coat of finish on—then the top portion’s colors came to life as well and it truly looks like a sunset. I wish I was a better at photos so all could see what I am seeing. I took one picture inside and one out (note: outside phone has a shadow from a tree on it) to give the best possible pictures for your review.
Now I will explain the process. I turned the plate (it is about 14” in diameter) to about 3/8” thick then using my rotary tool and a straight bit I cut a 3/16” deep picture into the plate front. Then filled this with crushed stone (Boitite and other black semisoft black stone) then filled the picture area full of thin CA glue. Sanded the picture flush with the wood then I put the plate back on the lathe and finished turning the back side as thin as possible without cutting through the back side into where I had carved the tree. Finally, reversed the bowl and finished turning the back of the plate. Then used spray Lacquer for the finish. Note: the plate ended up being about 1/8” thick, while sanding from the front I sanded off about 1/2 of the stone I had inlaid before it all looked good.
Thanks for looking COLdon