The Clearing

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Project by Dan'um Style posted 07-03-2007 04:32 AM 2907 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Framed stoneware tiles. Two in bronze finish. One in iron oxide wash.
Quartersawn white oak.
All my tiles start as mahogany relief woodcarvings,then … made into plaster molds, pressed stoneware clay and kiln fired to 2375

Bronze acid patina finish is produced similar to “David Marks” DIY techniques . I use a combination of materials but a good place to start is /:

finish on the qswo is another fun process.

1) sand to 120 grit. Sprtiz with water and sand to 150.

2) golden oak achohol aniline dye stain … mixed really really stout … nearly black. apply with brush. even-out with rag. multiple coats until the grain is hidden.

3) Minwax red mahogany stain (sometimes mixed with a little ebony and cherry oil disolvable powder stain). Apply oil stain mixture thickly with bush. While oil stain is still wet, rub with fine steel wool or beartex. Rub hard and count to ten. Avoid corners etc. Wipe with rag to reveal highlighted grain. Rub some more and add another coat of oil stain mixture. Wipe off with rag. Rub more if needed. wipe with rag. Let dry about 24hrs.

4) Rag on a coat of Minwax poly satin. Let dry few hours.

5) Rag on a coat of General finishes Armorseal satin. let dry 24hrs.

6) French polish with garnet shellac. Couple coats. Let dry for a couple hours.

7) Walnut Paste wax.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#1 posted 07-03-2007 04:36 AM

Wow. A time warp comes to mind. Right out of 1910. These are wonderful.

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#2 posted 07-03-2007 04:46 AM

Dan, these are fantastic. I hope you will take the time to show us a work-in-progress series. The end result is stunning.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 07-03-2007 06:19 AM

Dan -

Thease are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. I would love to see these in progress and learn more about your style of work.


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#4 posted 07-03-2007 01:22 PM

Spectacular! How thick are your frames and are they tenon and pegged?

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#5 posted 07-03-2007 03:00 PM

I am interested in this work you are doing. It has made me think about it the past two days. I want to see more. Feel like sharing more?

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#6 posted 07-03-2007 03:21 PM

amazing.. amazing.. amazing..

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#7 posted 07-03-2007 06:02 PM

Great job Dan. How did you do the inserts? I really like the looks of these frames you made. I may have to borrow some of these ideas for frames of my own.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 07-03-2007 06:30 PM

I love mixed media projects. These are just beautiful!

-- Bob

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#9 posted 07-04-2007 10:13 AM

I added a long rambling comment to your Haunted Forest piece, and now I want to clarify and crystalize. I see things in my head and try and make them happen. Reality, talent and skill level get in the way and they never quite achieve the level of perfection I see in my mind. Your work is…perfection. Thank you for sharing it.

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#10 posted 07-04-2007 06:30 PM

I love this type of art. To me it reminds me of Aztec art. I don’t know why. Absolutely beautiful. jockmike

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#11 posted 07-11-2007 11:27 PM

Awesome !!

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#12 posted 09-07-2007 06:36 PM

Frames are usually 5/4 to 7/4 thick quartersawn white oak. Many times bookmatched.

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#13 posted 09-07-2007 09:43 PM

Nice job, Dan!

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#14 posted 11-11-2007 03:53 AM

Found the tile mold this weekend and am pressing a few more tiles. This is the mold I used to make
“the clearing” tile series. As stated above I made the mold from a mahogany wood carving. I still have the carving and the mold has made about 70 tiles. It is getting worn, but still produces decent tiles.

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#15 posted 11-11-2007 05:06 AM

This is the clearing tile carving. It has aged some.

When I first made this piece, I stained it coated with several coats of shellac and then some urethane. I followed that with coats of PAM and then a layer of liquid latex.
I screwed it to piece of plywood and built a 2×4 frame around it for the mold. I mixed up a batch of pottery plaster and poured the mold full.

When the plaster sets-up it creates heat and the finishes reacted in a interesting way. This piece has sat in box for years. I put a coat of linseed oil and took this picture.

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