So the chevalet is finished and it’s time to take her for a test drive. Like any test drive, you want to really put her through her paces so first up is to find a challenging road, or in this case some intricate clip art.
Trace the artwork onto white paper. The veneers are home dyed with concentrated aniline dye in isopropyl alcohol.
Tape the backs to keep the tiny bits attached when cutting.
Stack the veneers into a packet and attach the pattern with spray adhesive.
And then the easy part. (who knew) This machine makes following these lines really easy compared to my struggles with the scroll saw.
The assembled pieces. Here’s the senior moment. I, for some reason, didn’t include two field veneers in the packet. That means that I have two sets of all the parts but I will have to re-cut all the same lines again to place them in their fields.
This is where I am now. If I had included the field veneers, all of this cutting would have taken (me, a beginner) about three hours and I’d have two complete sets, one with leaves alternating light – dark – light and one dark – light – dark. The way I did it it has taken six hours, isn’t as sharp, and I only have one. ... but I’m happy with the one and all the things I don’t like about the whole deal are related to my novice mistakes and not to the chevalet. The white leaves are actually dark green. They still have pattern paper stuck to them.
There are a couple more elements to this marquetry before I glue it up into, I’m thinking maybe a cheese and cracker serving board or such like, so I’ll keep you posted as the results roll in.
Until next time,
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/