Fractal Figure Plaque

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-03-2019 10:13 PM 978 views 0 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a gift for the retired dentist that sold me all the walnut of my upcoming projects.
He had never heard of fractal burning on wood so I thought I’d give him a sample on piece of his walnut that was a cut off from one of the boards.

It is 3/4” thick and 4 1/2” x 10” and finished with satin lacquer. The fractal pattern was inlaid with turquoise paint because it is too dark to show up on walnut…like you can see on the back of the board.

cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 09-03-2019 11:14 PM

A nice burn Jim, like the idea of the paint. Make a nice gift.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 09-03-2019 11:17 PM

There was No pulling teeth on that project Jim.

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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#3 posted 09-03-2019 11:58 PM

Very cool. Did you just fill the burn with the paint, let it dry then sand it flat??

That fractal burning scares me but it might be worth it if i can get that look.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 09-04-2019 12:00 AM

The turquoise always looks very attractive on these projects Jim. Looks great and would look nice hung on a wall.
I also like picture 2 even though it is not standing out in sharp relief like the turquoise….it does look very appealing.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#5 posted 09-04-2019 01:12 AM

The only thing better than trying to explain something is to give them the actual product. Nice gift Jim. He may want some of the walnut back.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 09-04-2019 01:42 AM

That turned out beautiful

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#7 posted 09-04-2019 01:59 AM

Good idea Jim, the turquoise really stands out!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#8 posted 09-04-2019 02:16 AM

Great contrast with the wood and the paint. That really worked well.
Beautiful plaque for the dentist that cleans plaque all day!
Nice job and thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 09-04-2019 03:32 AM

Great way to say thanks for the wood he sold you!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 09-04-2019 04:50 AM

Jim, this looks realy cool. The colour is great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 09-04-2019 10:23 AM

Nice board, very cool project. Can’t wait to see more

-- Petey

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#12 posted 09-04-2019 12:23 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi Andybb. I found the best way to do this is to burn the part, wash it with water and dry it. If the black ash discolors the wood around the pattern, wash the wood with Oxalic Acid to clean it and then dry it.
Then I seal the wood with a spray matte sealer if I m going to paint it. I paint over the pattern, with acrylic paint, not being real careful but to fill the low spots well. When dry, I wet sand it with a block behind the paper to get off all the high paint but not to remove any of the fine lines.

It is good to know that there are 3 different kinds of fractal burning equipment. The microwave transformer that I use is the the most dangerous and even deadly if you screw up. BUT, you can make a fractal burner with a Neon Light transformer or an Oil Furnace ignition transformer. The microwave puts out 500 milliamps but the other 2 put out around 50 milliamps and it will shock you if you screw up but not kill you- much much safer. They even sell units that put out the low amperage for around $200

Hi Mr Wolfe. I like that line about the dentist removing the plaque so this will be real fitting!!

Hi Lew. He has this pile of walnut in one of his barns and he sold me a bunch of boards for $3 a foot and some were 1 1/2” thick. Maybe he will hang this in his barn that he rents out for wedding receptions and I might get some business from it!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 09-04-2019 01:14 PM

Great pattern. Seems like it is matched to the grain of the wood. Nice touch with the turquoise.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 09-04-2019 05:23 PM

Beautiful work, Jim. These fractal pieces are really eye-catching. So many tools, so little money, hahaha.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#15 posted 09-04-2019 05:50 PM

Now your cooking with gas Jim!

That is the exact effect I was thinking would look cool to highlight the fractals. Excellent!

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