Walnut wall clock w/crushed glass inlay

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Project by RBurke83 posted 12-29-2012 10:54 PM 2935 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Little project using some art glass cut-offs from stained glass repairs. Its quite large, probably 30” from top to bottom. Keyhole routed hanger on the back.

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#1 posted 12-29-2012 11:31 PM

Beautiful live edge, bet it really sparkles.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#2 posted 12-30-2012 12:11 AM

Thank you, I am new to this site and was taking a look at your projects – Those canoes are awesome! I have a few SOF kayaks i built, but I havent build up the nerve to strip build one yet- nice work!

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#3 posted 12-30-2012 12:28 AM

Neat project. As Jerseyite myself I like the design.

Welcome aboard I look forward to seeing your other projects.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 12-30-2012 01:58 AM

Creative inlay choice! I’m curious, how do you work with the glass inlay? Sand paper? Files?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 12-30-2012 02:21 AM

Hey Steve, I use basically the same technique as those that inlay turquoise, stone etc into wood. But since the hardness of glass is very close to the hardness of typical abrasives on sanding belts – it just takes a lot longer. First, the inlay is routed or i chose the crack in the wood, then i fill the crack or groove with chunks of glass, starting with the biggest chunks. Those are coated with CA glue, I knock the tops down a little with a sander, blow away the dust, then fill the voids with smaller chunks of glass, knock the tops down, and keep on going until there are only very small voids in the inlay. Finally the small voids are filled with pulverized glass powder or dust, a final coating of CA glue and belt sanded flush to the wood. after final sanding on the whole piece is done, the glass looks somewhat cloudy and burnished – this disappears with the application of polycrylic, which is what i use to finish most stuff. Thanks for looking!

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#6 posted 12-30-2012 02:53 AM

Thanks for the info – that really helps!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 12-30-2012 10:50 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

Nice work on this

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 07:35 PM

Awesome job I’ve been meaning to try one of these too. Done it with colored sand but I got lots of glass I should throw into something.. thanks for sharing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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