Mondrian (inspired) #3: Neoplastic 'C' progress

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 10-21-2011 04:25 PM 7182 reads 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Neoplastic Experiments Part 3 of Mondrian (inspired) series Part 4: Neoplastic 'C' - Oh well »

I’ve decided to make this one with wood from from my scrap bin

and my ‘Ebony Bits Box’


I won’t bore you with the details but after a lot of cutting and sticking, using Viscose CA, I had made the pattern (with a few little modifications). This was glued onto a backing of 1.5mm Birch Aeroply, using PVA, and thickness sanded to 5mm. Hand sanded down to 600 grit and a couple of coats of spray acrylic (satin finish) later this is the result.

I have stopped to show progress at this point for two reasons. Firstly, I don’t know if the pattern registration is accurate enough to allow an EZ Mitre, Shell to be made of it. If not it will be wall art. Secondly, if it is accurate enough and I mess it up during the cutting, there is at least a record of what it looked like.

I’m going off into the shop to assess this now. I’ll report later.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 04:30 PM

WOW man, it already looks wickedly cool!

(BTW do I spy Lignum Vitae in your scrap bin? )

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 10-21-2011 04:32 PM

Wow, Martyn!! I definitely have “scrap box envy!” Your ebony scrap box is amazing in itself! There is so much you can do with those pieces! I am happy that you are using them for such a stunning design. Already it promises to be another winner.

Best of luck in the following steps. You are going to have to have steady nerves to cut into that one You have my greatest admiration!

Carry on, my friend. May the wood gods be kind to you!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 10-21-2011 04:36 PM

Thomas, you do. Just a couple of small bits.

Sheila. I don’t think I’ve ever thrown away a piece of Ebony. No matter how small. There are over twenty years worth in there.

Thanks guys. Off I go

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 10-21-2011 04:40 PM

Love those pictures.
Ah, the mind of a candyman.

Love the design so far,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#5 posted 10-21-2011 05:28 PM

Martyn, I am getting weary of saying “spectacular” and “awesome” to the projects you post. Can you please post something that is God awful so that I can use my negative words?
Well done …..... again,.......again,.........again squared.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#6 posted 10-21-2011 05:37 PM

Now THAT’S a scrap box… filled with only the finest scraps!
Martyn, that board is beautiful.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 10-21-2011 05:42 PM

I think I saw that exact pattern hanging in the Museum of Modern Art. You have such a creative mind. It take a couple of beers for my creative mind to start working. I can’t wait to see the box.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#8 posted 10-21-2011 05:58 PM

mondrian would be jealous!

-- after hours of labour, i've broken it more....but at least it's colourful!!!

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#9 posted 10-21-2011 06:12 PM

This is going to be absolutely beautiful Martyn….. wall or box, just beautiful!
Can’t wait to see the next phase…..

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#10 posted 10-21-2011 06:59 PM

its so beautiful as it stands, but …......if your hands touch it again, something will happen…...what will it be…....this i know, its full of ebony… may other woods grace this piece…the art will come together, just as it should be…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 10-21-2011 07:18 PM

very nice work again Martyn!

As for your scrap boxes they are awesome beyond words! If that is your scrap I can only imagine what your stock looks like!

-- Think it, See it, Design it. Build it, Enjoy it!

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#12 posted 10-21-2011 10:23 PM

The piece you have there looks like a “groovy and far out” piece of art fom the 60’s. I like it alot!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 10-21-2011 10:57 PM

I have seen this pattern before… way before… it is a classic…60’s or 70’s.. in glass I think…you certainly know how to come out of left field… this is groovy in a far different manner to most of your previous work…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#14 posted 10-22-2011 02:37 AM

scrap is a bad word… lol “git-er-done” Martyn. it’ll be awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 10-22-2011 06:04 PM

Thanks everyone.

As for the scrap boxes. I keep trying to empty them but they keep filling up again.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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