Fun Project, Intarsia Baby Dragons Wall-hanging

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Project by KoryK posted 1080 days ago 2948 views 14 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project I made just because it really looked like fun to make. I don’t know anyone who is into dragons that would like it, but making the pattern and the piece really looked like fun. I found the picture on the internet, from that I made the pattern. I made some changes that I wanted and hopefully I improved it. It ended up having about 189 pieces and took about three weeks to make (pattern and piece). It took longer than expected because I used Purple and Red Heart and if you have used those woods before you understand that you cut through the first inch or so and burn through the rest lol.

This piece was made from red heart, purple heart, yellow heart, mahogany, poplar, aspen, walnut, wenge, cherry, curly maple. It took about 80 hours to make the pattern and the complete piece. It was sanded to 2400 grit and has a satin finish. It has no stains or dyes to achieve the colors, it is all wood color. The purple is really unusual because it grows darker with time. It is 15 inches tall by 21 inches long.

Thanks for looking.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#1 posted 1080 days ago

Those are cool !!! Is that the natural look on your purpleheart or did you enhance the color with some dye?

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 1080 days ago

Wow, Spectacular!

-- Smitty

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#3 posted 1080 days ago

I edited my post after your comment, but it was very weird with that purple heart. I would sand it and it would almost look grey. Over a couple of hours it would darken up. I would think I really messed up and the pieces would not match up on the purple, but after a couple of hours they looked just alike. To answer your question, no, there were no stains used for colors besides the wood.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#4 posted 1080 days ago

Wow, Kory you outdid yourself with this one! This is so cute and so beautiful! The pieces are incredible in their shapes and the foot pieces blows my mind!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 1080 days ago

Very cool pattern.
Excellent crafting.

-- Steve--

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#6 posted 1080 days ago

This is amazing!!! The wood choices are beautiful and the whole project is just lovely! It is by far one of my all time favorite intarsia projects that I have seen. So much personality! ;)


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#7 posted 1080 days ago

Those are awesome.

-- "Give me wood..... And I will play with it!"

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#8 posted 1080 days ago

Love the colors, nice job sanding and great job on the finish. Well done.

-- Have a great day.

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#9 posted 1080 days ago

that’ just crazy beautiful! all the wood combos are fantastic

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 1080 days ago

Ohhh This is so cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 1079 days ago

Great work Kory. Looks amazing and I love the colors.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#12 posted 1079 days ago

WOW!!! OUTSTANDING JOB!!!! My mother-in-law would fall in love with this!!! She loves dragon!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#13 posted 1079 days ago

That is a great piece!

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#14 posted 1079 days ago

Nice work… I would have trouble with the eyes. Nice job on figuring out the pattern on your own. I know its harder than just tracing the image. I have a big plotter at work I usually take advantage of. With a 10 month old I been making more toy shelves than Intarsia grrr.

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#15 posted 1079 days ago

KORY,Have you tried heating the purple heart i was told about it and tried it, the color seems to brighten but best of all it holds and dosent change. A great peice i would love to try it sometime soon.

-- Graeme

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