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Friday, December 20, 2013

Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #7

Some of you reminded me I should keep updating this blog on those treasure boxes.
I had to look where I left it last time.
So since then I started working on the box itself.
I veneered, the inside bird and the inside of the box. The full blind dovetails where already made by Patrick Edwards.

I want to have the inside done before veneering the marquetry on the sides. I started anyway on those sides. I cut every pieces for three of them, except the greens as we are still experimenting on turning the bone veneer green.

Next one to do alongside with the green pieces

Here are couple close shot, I just love them

We have laid again the veneer packs and Patrick is ready to choose the palette for the top.

Suite au prochain ├ępisode…
-- Patrice lejeune

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Little Gilding Job on a Huge Frame

I have been fortunate to get another great gilding job for Antique Refinishers, inc. in San Diego.
The client who sponsored me years ago to learn gilding had a huge painting, one of those with the gold background with a huge dark walnut frame.

He asked us to add some gold to it to tie it more to the painting. We proposed different versions using photoshop.

The third one was selected with water gilding on the inside carving “entrelac” with burnishing on the highlights and oil on the outside rail and bead ornement.
We were able to take of the inside elements without problem, because water gilding means you really wet the place when gilding and no finish really likes it. We had to do numerous repairs especially on those delicate rails and beads decoration. Those are so hard to turn when you are not a turner.

Applying gold leaf on the clay

Then the pieces are burnished on the highlights

Then the rail and bead were oil gilded with gold leaf also. wear and tare and dirt were added, and I kinda like the result from that

to that

-- Patrice lejeune