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Project by Muriel posted 01-20-2012 12:19 PM 1633 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The “bouquet of poppies” is a frame of approx 42×52 cm made on request for one of my mother’s friend : she was verry happy … so do I !
I used the marquetry technique, cutting all the pieces with my scrollsaw, using 000 blades.
The red and green veneers ared dyed (bought as such), brown pieces and background are natural wood veneers, thickness varying from 6/10 to 9/10. Therefore I had to consolidate, putting them between 2 pieces of 3mm MDF.
To give more depth and relief, nearly each piece was “shaded” in hot withe sand.
The background is made of 1 single piece of veneer, “window” for each piece cut with a scalpel.
Pieces were first inclued in the backgroud for pre-mounting. Then the whole package was glued on a 18 mm MDF panel with white wood glue.
Sanding paper from 180 to 600 was used to make the surface perfect and reduce small veneers thickness differences.
I bought the wood for the frame, cut it at right lengths and assemble myself.

Last but not least I applied 2 layers of natural satin oil/wax both on marketry and frame.

... and there it is !

For those who wants more figures (approx.) :
  • 35 hours of work
  • 125 pi├Ęces

MOST IMPORTANT : I really enjoyed andit’s a pleasure to share my work with all of you.

Feel free to comment, I’ll appreciate.

-- Muriel, Belgium

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 12:33 PM

I thought we would soon be in for another wonderful project from you Muriel, since you’ve been a bit quiet lately. As usual, it was worth waiting for. It is beautifully designed and executed. You’re right to be very proud. I’ve yet to try marquetry, but every time I see your work I’m inspired to try it. Well done and thank you for sharing it with us.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 01-20-2012 03:46 PM

Thank you for sharing the wonderful work with us. I have never tried a marquetry project but I am always amazed when I see work like this. The detail and execution are great and the result speaks for itself!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 01-20-2012 04:29 PM

This is such a impressive work of art,amazing workmanship.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-20-2012 05:10 PM

Very nice work Muriel.
I do do marquetry and I appreciate the hours and care that you have put into this lovely piece. You use an interesting mixture of techniques and it is certainly working for you.
Thank you for sharing this with us and please show us more.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 01-21-2012 05:28 AM

Very nice Muriel. As a fellow marqueterain I too appreciate how much effort goes into a piece like this.

I’m interested in your technique as well. It looks like you cut each of the pieces out individually, assemble the picture on the field, then cut around each element with a knife to let each element into the field?

Again, nice work and thanks for sharing.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#6 posted 01-21-2012 06:11 PM

Yes Mathew (all others) you are right with the techniqe I use, in fact the opposite of the “window” one.
With so many elements and in particular all the thin stems, it prevents tears in the field.

-- Muriel, Belgium

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#7 posted 08-02-2012 03:59 AM

Your work is so awesome.All your time an effort really shows.This is something,I’ve been interested in tryng.

-- Rick ,Neoga,IL,

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#8 posted 04-03-2017 04:24 PM

This is a beautiful piece of art work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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