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Butterfly marquetry

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Project by George Seifert posted 08-27-2020 04:38 PM 533 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was just doing a bit of experimenting on this one. The butterfly wings have mother of pearl flake inlays. The caterpillar was a little bit of a challenge. I knew I’d never be able to get clean edges on all those black and white strips so I made it oversized first and then cut it in. First I cut the green into a piece of scrap. The green extends beyond the edges of the caterpillar. Next I cut in the white strips. Again going beyond the caterpillar edge. Next I put drew in where the black will be. Then I put masking tape over it (I can see through the tape). You’ll see why in a second. Then I used a 2/0 blade to cut the black lines. Now I spread a mixture of glue, black acrylic paint and sawdust over the picture and forced it into the grooves. Now you can see why the tape is there. By putting it on before cutting, the picture is masked off except where the lines are. Now remove the tape. Now the caterpillar can be cut into the background. The white and black lines end in nice clean lines along the edge of the caterpillar.

George





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mikeacg

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#1 posted 08-27-2020 10:10 PM

I learn something from every one of your posts George! Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge! One day I may get to the point where I’m not totally embarassed by my efforts…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#2 posted 08-28-2020 01:10 AM

Mikeacg,

If you wait till you’re not embarrassed you’ll never post anything. I’m always embarrassed about something in all my pieces.

George

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#3 posted 08-28-2020 02:15 AM

Thanks for the tutorial, George! And nice work on the picture!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 08-28-2020 02:28 AM

Very nice.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 08-28-2020 02:30 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 08-28-2020 12:05 PM

Wow looks really nice! How big is the overall size? Some of these small projects can be so much more difficult than bigger versions. What is the green material? Does it have any finish? Beautiful job

-- Most of my tools are older than I am

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George Seifert

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#7 posted 08-28-2020 04:05 PM



Wow looks really nice! How big is the overall size? Some of these small projects can be so much more difficult than bigger versions. What is the green material? Does it have any finish? Beautiful job

- hockeyfan_019

It’s about 10” x 14”. The green is a commercially dyed veneer. The purple is purple heart and the orange is paduk.
The finish is shellac. I don’t like pictures to look too shiny so I buff back the shininess a bit.

George

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