Posted tagged ‘jatoba’

Craft show

December 3, 2009

Yes, it’s true.  I’ve been working on some things for an upcoming craft show.  Mostly jatoba ornaments and more of the “tag” style from last year.  I wish I had decided to do this show more than two weeks ago — I might not have felt quite so frantic this past week.  However, being the night before, I’m finally feeling as if I won’t need to be up all night finishing and tung-oiling.  I’ll also be taking some trivets and coaster sets that I’ve been meaning to put up on Etsy. Here’s what I’ve been working on:

New supplies and new ornaments

November 28, 2009

That was unexpected

September 29, 2009

I know that all wood is not the same.  It doesn’t react the same way to stains or finishes, however, I didn’t expect this.

Wow.  What do I do now?

Wow. What do I do now?

If you look at the last meme post, you can see that my two newest designs have a bit more color on them than in the above picture.  I applied a coat of tung oil to my squares of jatoba, and it darkened the wood enough to obscure my lighter shades of stain!  I’m not sure how to fix this.  I’m going to try to sand them down a bit and re-apply a different stain.  I’ve never tried to stain over tung oil, and am not convinced this will work.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Meme-o-rama

May 30, 2009

There is a meme on facebook that I couldn’t resist taking part in.  This is not normal for me.  I’m not a big fan of spam, and try to avoid clogging the tubes that make up the internet — at least any more than the obvious.  Here’s what I posted:

Make Things – Pay It Forward:
Brave People Make Things

The first five (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me.
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. What you get is what you get.
2. What I create will be just for you, with love.
3. It’ll be done this year (2009).
4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. Or it may be monstrous and annoying. Heck, I might bake something for you and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something strange.
6. In return, all you need to do is post this text into a note of your own and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your note.
7. Send your mailing address if you don’t live close to me!

I’ve started working on my five things!  I don’t want to give anything away, yet, but let’s say that it does involve some stained jatoba.  I’m only working on one at the moment, but have several ideas.  When I get something more, I’ll post some pics.

Hardwood and supplies for Christmas!

December 28, 2008

Yes, it’s true.  I got a bunch of wood-type stuff for the holidays.   My husband picked up some of my more standard supplies.  And, my brother was kind enough to get me some new hardwoods — some of which I’ve never even heard of before.  Including panga panga, jatoba, purpleheart wood and one of my more normal favorites, maple.  I can’t wait to see how the stains look on the new wood!

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I think my socks match the purpleheart wood!

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