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|12-06-2011, 07:21 PM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Manchester UK
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This will not be a new idea to most but may prove useful to new crafters, hobbiests and scrollers generally.
Some years ago when I started doing pyro work, I used to buy in wooden blanks from Dalecraft in UK where I live and the would create a design then burn it in.
I mostly used Sycamore blanks and also 6mm Birch faced Ply sheet(as we call it here). One time I bought in quite a lot of sycamore coasters and created a large number for the fairs I would attend.
Anyhow, I also bought some wood dye samples (they came in small plastic sample bottles), possibly from the same place I bought my sealants and laquers etc, and got to wondering how Pyro work would look on different finishes and dyes.
So, I made this simple swatch (below) from some left over square sycamore coasters.
I dyed each one after drilling a small hole in the corner and burning in the name of the wood dye, and a small floral pattern in a top portions. This allowed me to see a how small blocked in piece incorporating a small lined in design and of course some lettering would contrast with different dyes.
I then waxed each one and tied them up with a small length of leather thong. (plastic tie would suffice)
Seven years later on rearranging my little workshop I came across them and although never polished they still stand up well.
I am sure many people also keep swatches of different woods, as well as finishes. But thought I would post them as a handy tip as they were very useful when I was cosidering different blank and flatwork projects.
The Journey Is Everything.
|12-09-2011, 01:24 PM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Saltspring Island B.C. Canada
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Good idea . It has never occured to me to keep or make a swatch for the different woods and treating them for future reference .
Thanks for the post .
|12-09-2011, 01:41 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: MA USA
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Thanks for sharing, love that idea.
WD aka: Gloria
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