has anyone done epoxy cloisonne in wood?

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07-15-2014 05:42 PM

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first off cloisonné is where pockets (historically made with metal walls – in jewelry) are filled with a colored material, historically enamel.

What I was thinking of doing was creating a wooden monopoly board by milling our shallow pockets wherever there is a color other than black then filling the pockets with colored epoxy (after squaring out the corners of course) White for the main area, then the different colors for the properties etc….

Or maybe vice versa and milling out the black lines and filling them in with black epoxy. Then staining the wood the correct game board colors.

My question is to anyone who has done anything remotely similar, because I am wondering about the finishing of the board.

Will the epoxy sand smooth. Will the wood stand lower/higher after sanding?

I know that pen turners have used epoxy so … I hope I’m not completely crazy.


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#1 posted 07-16-2014 05:15 AM

Many (myself included) use colored epoxy to fill knot holes if the circumstances require. It is relatively straightforward – mix the epoxy, add the coloring agent and then apply the epoxy into the hole. Carefully, of course :-) It gets a bit messy if you are sloppy.

Once cured, the epoxy can be worked to a certain degree with tools. It can also be sanded. However, it does sand at a different rate than wood, but if you use a hard sanding block you should be able to keep the wood and epoxy at the same level.

Sanding scratches are quite visible in dark epoxy. (I’ve never tried filling with a light color. The same scratches would be there, but I’m guessing not quite as noticeable.) Factor in sanding to a higher grit than you normally would and then using a clear finish to “fill” the sanding scratches.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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