Quartersawn White Oak framed Live OAK tile

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Project by Dan'um Style posted 08-25-2008 05:08 AM 3184 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what I worked on this weekend !

Stoneware Live OAK tile

Quartersawn white oak frame.

All my tiles start as mahogany relief woodcarvings,then … made into plaster molds, pressed stoneware clay and kiln fired to 2375

Iron oxide acid patina finish is produced similar to “David Marks” DIY techniques . I use a combination of materials but a good place to start is /: Over the light patina, tile is stained with colored wood stain.

finish on the qswo is another fun process.

1) sand to 180 grit. Sprtiz with water and sand to 220.

2) golden oak achohol aniline dye stain … mixed to medium … apply with brush. even-out with rag.

3) Jazzed up with Japenese dryer: Minwax red mahogany stain (mixed with maple stain & cherry oil disolvable powder stain). Apply oil stain mixture thickly with bush. While oil stain is still wet, rub with fine steel wool. Rub hard and count to four. Avoid corners etc. Wipe with rag to reveal highlighted grain. Rub some more and add another coat of oil stain mixture. Wipe off with rag. Rub more if needed. wipe with rag. Let dry about 3 hrs.

4) French polish with garnet shellac. Couple coats. Let dry for a couple hours.

5) Walnut Paste wax.

All works of quality must bear a price in proportion to the skill, time expense and risk attending to their invention and manufacture. Those things called dear, are, when justly estimated, the cheapest. They are attended with much less profit to the artist then those things which everbody calls cheap.


-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#1 posted 08-25-2008 05:28 AM

Gorgeous work Dan. Do you ever do multiples of the same tile with your molds. It is an interesting technique staining the stoneware with wood stain as opposed to glazing. Have you ever attempted salt firing your stoneware? The detail of your frame is amazing and a nice compliment to the tile. Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy your art.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 08-25-2008 06:17 AM

Very nice Dan. As always your work is excelant right down to the small details.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 08-25-2008 01:25 PM

Another fine work of art, Dan. You truly have mastered and apply the Arts and Crafts theology in your work.
Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 08-25-2008 02:01 PM

Dan, I am drawn to your projects every time I see a new post. Beautiful creation.

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Tim Pursell

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#5 posted 08-25-2008 02:06 PM

Beautiful! Thanks for the sharing the info, I’m toying with making some tiles. A lot of detail work in your tile & the frame, but the effort is well worth it.


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#6 posted 08-25-2008 02:17 PM

Dan, I really likr the 3-D effect of this one. It’s like you are looking through a mineshaft at the tree outside.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 08-25-2008 02:22 PM

Very beautiful work, Dan!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#8 posted 08-25-2008 02:33 PM

Dan: Another great work of art. How deep is the frame. I guess that the inner ieces are almost square in cross section.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 08-25-2008 02:40 PM

this is beautiful!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 08-25-2008 03:30 PM


Your work never ceases to amaze me.

Very artistic!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 08-25-2008 03:40 PM


Great art!

I hope you sell your pieces through arts & crafts shows or at galleries.
Let us know where they can be found.

My wife has a collection of mounted tiles from various artists.
It would be nice to add one of yours to her collection.

And, thank you for the inspiration.
I’ve got some Rookwood tiles and plenty of old qswo in my shop, esp. bourbon barrel parts and scrap.
Hmm, what shall I do?

Many thanks for sharing your art.

-- 温故知新

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#12 posted 08-25-2008 06:27 PM

Dan, I love the look. I`m going to write down the finishing process and
try it out.
Thanks for posting.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#13 posted 08-25-2008 06:51 PM

You’re a real artist Dan I take inspiration from your work thanks.Could you imagime a room where the walls were made up of these tiles stunning anyway keep em coming Dan I watch with enthusiasm,Regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Dan'um Style

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#14 posted 08-25-2008 11:36 PM

hello everyone. Thanks for the great feedback.

making a plaster cast / mold of my wood carvings allow me to make multiple tiles. Life of the mold depends on detail loss. Some tiles get better with mold age. Details become smoother and worn. Defects such as flaking in the mold can enhance or ruin the appearance as well. As a rule of thumb a mold is good for 60 to 75 tiles. Also if a mold gets worn, more detail can be added back into the mold, by direct carving of the plaster. I have never tried salt glaze myself, but love the way it looks. To salt glaze, salts are added to kiln during the end of the firing process and it coats everything in the kiln. I use kiln shelves in a horizontal (front load) fashion, so salting the whole kiln would be a problem,

Plan for my next batch of tiles, will work on extreme texture glazes to add more visual interest. Got some glaze recipes from a famous potter in New Zealand that I want to try.

The frame in this posting is a good design to use up shorts and offcuts. Even long thin pieces.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 08-26-2008 04:53 AM

I wonder if you could toughen the plaster by a coat of thinned epoxy, or maybe something like wood hardener???

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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