|Project by Jamie Gielens||posted 06-12-2013 07:47 AM||1382 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
This is my tribute to Chris Hadfield, our greatest Canadian astronaut, and to all astronauts from the beginning of time! While it ended up looking a little like a square R2D2 that is purely accidental and as a jewelry box it really turns heads in the local gallery here.
The carcass is of Quilted Maple, the legs of Big Leaf Maple and the drawer fronts of Tiger Maple while the drawer pull “stars” are of Black Walnut – all local woods from here on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada!
The legs were finished with a Bright Crimson aniline dye available from Lee Valley. This was the first time I have used these dyes and I was quite intimidated at first, especially after reading the instructions. However, I realized that it wasn’t much different than my mother dying clothes in the washing machine when we were kids so I followed the instructions reasonably closely and it worked out fine. I did mix the dye outside on the patio as I wanted to make sure of plenty of fresh air and even then I wore a filtered mask and safety glasses. Once it was mixed though, there was no problem in using it and it is MUCH darker and brighter than the samples in the store or their catalogue which I really appreciated. As a final touch the drawers were lined with red velvet by my wife as she is much better at that than me!
-- Jamie - l'atelier Orion