Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #12: Sides Marquetry incrustation

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 08-28-2014 10:20 PM 2572 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Sand Shading Part 12 of Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post series Part 13: Top incrustation »

I have been back full time on our boxes for over a week now so I have some progress to report.

I have been selecting veneer out of our veneer cellar for the ebony background.

From the experience of the previous series I paperbacked the ebony as it is a very brittle wood. Better be safe than sorry

Then built the packs in 4 layers without forgetting the grease paper, one of my specialty in the mistake department. Teaching marquetry has been a great help as by reminding the students to not forget it, it seems I myself stopped forgetting to insert it.

When the packs are made I glue the design on

another lesson from the previous series is to drill the packs for the nails. So on this project I used red for the bridges, to be really visible, blue for the nails and a red dot for the entry points.

Next step is to cut the background on the chevy. Ebony is really tough on the blades, very abrasive.

I am cutting all the line away because I really do not want to have to trim the ebony, which may happen if I am to greedy for precision.

Everything is kept inside the pack with tape to keep the integrity of the pack and avoid breaking any piece of the fragile background.

When I am done cutting I remove the tape and carefully remove the plugs of waste.

Then I open the pack layer by layer. I keep the rest pressed at all time to avoid hygrometric variations, as I said before, I really do not want to have to trim my ebony. Also everything is kept in a tray as precaution until I am done incrusting a panel, you sometime do not know right away if you have broken a piece.

16 marquetry panels, some of them are on the other side of the assembly boards, 4 times 4 sides.

I am still missing my green bones. I have not found yet a good recipe. If anyone knows a good way I will be really grateful, it does not seem to want to go all the way through… I am currently testing another recipe.

An I really like some of Patrick choices for the color palette, I think we improved from the first series, we always learn.

Next step, cutting the tops backgrounds and this is going to be a really difficult job. But I will post next week on it, hopefully, if I do not mess up.

In yellow, the bone element, in green the green bone leaves and in blue the isolated background elements that I have to bridge in place and carefully keep.

This is a really exiting project


-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 08-28-2014 10:44 PM

Woo that came out beautiful

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#2 posted 08-28-2014 11:45 PM

These are going to be magnificent. Certainly sets the bar a long ways up there! LOL Great blog.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 08-29-2014 01:49 AM

Wow. Another skill I hope to pursue when I retire from my regular job. This is gorgeous!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 08-29-2014 04:21 AM

Inspiring again Patrice. It’s nice to hear you say you take the whole line on the background. My cutting mantra is ” no worse than Boulle (style), no worse than Boulle”. If I see any line at all I want it to be on the right of the blade. It always seems that the fits come out tight anyway.

Great work, these will be beautiful.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 08-29-2014 06:04 AM


Your work is breath-taking! I don’t understand it all, but I’m learning (vicariously, since I doubt I’ll ever have the eyesight to see such detail, nor could I ever achieve such skills). Thanks for taking us on this very exciting journey with you. It is really interesting to see all that goes into such fine results.


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#6 posted 08-29-2014 04:28 PM

Thank you all.
I will confess I am pretty pleased with that project, it looks real good. Hopefully everything will go smoothly on the top.
Yes Paul, it is fun how even when to know you have taken ll the line out, there is still some tightness here and there.
It is also nice and useful for me to share my progress as it is similar to a diary and I can come back to it later to remember what the hell I did.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#7 posted 08-29-2014 04:37 PM

Holy Cow Patrice, these are just excessively beautiful. Awesome color pallette choice and the shading is so realistic.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#8 posted 08-29-2014 05:14 PM

wow! very impressive work. I cannot wait to see the next post.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 08-29-2014 08:10 PM

I am always inspired by the detail and quality of your work.

I didn’t know one could get ebony veneer – because of how brittle it is. I just assumed everyone had Dyed Black Tulipier Veneer

very nice.

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#10 posted 08-30-2014 01:42 PM

Beautiful work as always, Thanks for sharing your process.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#11 posted 08-30-2014 06:25 PM

Thank you. I am just glad I have been lucky enough to do that as a living.

You can get gabon ebony if you use sawn veneer or if you resaw your own. For what I understand it is really hard to slice therefore the use of dyed black for sliced veneer marquetry.

I take really the time with the shading it makes such a difference at the end.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#12 posted 08-31-2014 05:52 AM

The color palette is perfect and your cutting is sooo good. I saw the last one of the first series I think this is much better, its the shading I think that makes it look so good.

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