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Antiqued gold finish frame inspired by a violin maker I met on vacation in Ames Iowa a couple weeks ago.
In addition to handcrafting and restoring violins he hung his own original paintings in his shop. This frame design is inspired by his framing work.

Mortise and tennon constructed frame is made with pine from Lowes, southern birch, fir half round molding, wood filler and gold metallic paint.

Framed stoneware tile. Antique bronze acid patina finish.

All my tiles start as mahogany relief woodcarvings,then … made into plaster molds, pressed stoneware clay and kiln fired to 2375

Carved the mahogany master for the landscape tile based on a pen and ink drawing given to me by world renowned author, artist, illustrator and sculptor,Bill Nelson.

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That is absolutely unique, Dan. Interesting how you do the tiles. I'm not sure I've ever heard of that technique. Something else unique. Very nice work.
 

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Forgot to mention the method for the antique finish. Really pretty simple.

"Dazziling brand" Splendid gold paint. Very yellow gold metallic color.
Followed with a couple coats of garnett shellac.
Walnut paste wax and then another coat of shellac to lock it together.

Item is for sale on ebay
 

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Dan, I just pulled up the E-Bay listing. That is quite a listing. Hope it works for you but I guess you do this a lot. Good luck.
 

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Extremely creative, Dan. It has a very nice "feel" to it.
 

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Hi Dan;

Where did you get the "trained worms". It's amazing how carefully they bored in at the corners. Was it the same worm doing each corner, or was it a team? LOL

Very creative work, Dan, nice job!

Lee
 

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Looks great Dan. A definite departure from your usual frames.
 

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Very cool Dan, extremely unique. Love the frame, but the tile is very cool also. I've got a kiln, I may have to give it a go. Would you mind a copy cat? Nothing I could make would even compare, but I would really like to try this technique. However, I will not, without your permission. Jockmike
 

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Hey Mike
I encourage you to give it a try.
This is the book I started with. It is highly recommended. ...link ... be happy to answer questions anytime.
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DAN
 

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There's so much in this life that I've yet to do & since becoming a Lumberjock, I'm adding to that list by the day. Great techniques and a stunning result Dan.
 

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Thanks a pant load pal, just kiddin, I really appreciate this opportunity. It really looks like fun. How long you been doing this? Done any good as far as dinaro selling them, it sure would'nt seem like it. You are a cool person and generous I might add. I used to love working in clay or any medium as far as that goes. It does'nt limit you. That was a long time ago, I don't know if I can even do anything like that anymore. I played with sculpture a little bit after the Army and before, but by the time I got out of the service I had a job in a foundry that paid really good, a wife, and a kid. No time to explore my artist self anymore. Had bills to pay. Making good money working double shifts 4 or 5 days a week and partying like there was no tomorrow. Had the GI Bill I went one term. Just too much. Maybe it ain't too late…. thanks again, mike
 

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Great Dan. Good luck on the sale.
 

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I read that you worked in a foundry. Making tiles is alot like casting metals. Mostly like green sand. Put the clay in the mold without any bubbles or pockets of air. Tamp it in a bit make sure it fits into details and let it set up until it falls out of the mold. Don't forget to use draft angles on the mold design etc. Any type of clay will work, alot depends what you clay have on hand or local to your area. Slip works well too, but takes longer in the mold. There many excellent websites on the net, explaining the process in great detail.
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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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