"Pewterized" & Air Brushed Maple Bowls

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Project by FJPetruso posted 07-22-2014 10:43 PM 2159 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a class on making these bowls & really enjoyed it. Naturally, these bowls are for decorative use only. Basically it’s just making a bowl the normal way. The difference is in the decorating & finishing. After making the first step for the outside of the bowl you use a spiraling tool & any assortment of punches to dent & decorate the bowl. Then the outside is sprayed with black dye from an air brush and after that you use “Rub N Buff” pewter finish. The dents show black against the pewter then. And you really do need to RUB & Buff a couple of times so the finish is durable. The rub n buff is applied with a very thin coating on your fingers with the lathe stopped.

Then you chuck to the bottom of the bowl to continue making the bowl. After you get the desired shape & a “Medallion” in the bottom. you punch & decorate the desired areas & then carefully spray the area to be pewterized with black dye. Then shade the area that you wish the grain to show with a couple of colors of dye. I chose Yellow & Orange. ( I got a bit heavy on the dye on the smaller bowls & the grain didn’t show through too well.) Then the top & inner portions of the bowl are pewterized. I sprayed clear lacquer on the shaded area right after I sprayed it with dye because the Rub N Buff is a lacquer & spraying it With the clear coat after the Rub N Buff is applied will cut the Rub N Buff & make it run.

After finishing the top & inside, chuck the bowl by the top with a cole jaw & finish turning the very bottom or pedestal & finish it with Rub N Buff. You may need to touch up the top when you’re done.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 07-23-2014 12:16 AM

Nicely done set of bowls! I like the diversity you managed to get with each one. Good job, especially for a first project.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 07-23-2014 01:07 AM

Very cool. Neat mix of old world look and new world art.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#3 posted 07-23-2014 01:20 AM

Good old Rub and Buff comes through again!!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 07-23-2014 03:21 AM

WOW, those are excellent!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-23-2014 07:14 AM

Top work Frank, this is really nice work indeed, just love the colouring & texturing / carving. Like to see some more of this theme :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 07-23-2014 09:32 AM

These bowls are really cool and you did a great job on them. I love the contrast between the inside and outside and the pewter finish really looks wonderful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 07-23-2014 09:34 AM

Without wanting to distract from FJs great bowl work, here is a picture of a friend of mine.

I did with Rub and Buff

I used pewter on the edge and gold on the embossed frame border all timber.

Its a picture of him in a POW camp as a boy so I tried to make it reasonably authentic of some 60 years ago

As FJ indicated its great material to work with

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 07-23-2014 06:51 PM

WOW thats neat, I’m going to have to look this process up. You did such a great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 07-24-2014 01:16 AM

That is some beautiful work. I love the paint job but the detail on the bowls themselves can’t be overlooked!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#10 posted 07-24-2014 05:32 PM

Verry impresive decoration and finish!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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