Posted tagged ‘stained wood’

Moving on, with lessons learned

July 25, 2010

I’ve blogged about my IATSE 618 logo project several times.  I am feeling the need to get the final project out of my head, so I can move on to something else. I tried several new techniques, most of which turned out rather well:  New stencil paper, arced tape lines, stencil numbers and letters.  I’ve learned a few unexpected lessons along the way as well:  Don’t over-burnish the tape, ’cause you’ll get dimples; the stencil numbers are rather sticky and the wood needs to be cleaned after use; and most importantly, measure the length of the nails used in the sawtooth picture hanger.  I couldn’t fix the last problem, and have been angry at myself for this simple mistake for quite awhile.  It’s time to move on.

Not that I won’t come back to it, but I think I need to mix it up a bit.

New supplies and new ornaments

November 28, 2009

Meme and stencils

July 11, 2009

I’m back to staining wood!

I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.  Yes, vacation is fun, too, but this is a different sort of therapy.  I’d like to finish the meme project, and have three of the five started.

Meme starts

Meme start

I’m attempting a stencil of a 45 adapter.  I’m not sure how well it will work, but I have to try.  I traced an adapter onto a blank vinyl stencil page.  It’s plenty sticky, but I think the big problem will be how well I cut it out.

45 stencil attempt

45 stencil attempt

Well, any thoughts on how well this is working?  The center circle was not pretty, so I left it to do by hand.

Masking fun

Masking fun

As I removed the masking from this one I realized that I had a nice image on the reverse of the tape.

What’s next?

May 10, 2009

As you may know, I’m between projects.  While I clean up my mess, I’m wondering what to work on next.  Can you help me decide?

The RBS base is done!

May 3, 2009

At least the tung oil portion is dry.  I’m leaving it up to Tom to put it all together.  If you don’t have any idea what RBS means check back here.  (Make sure you click around to see pics of work in progress.)

Finished with tung oil

The final work w/o the RBS

One view

One side

Another view

This might be my favorite angle

End point

The ending

More pics, more pics….

Last spiral

Last spiral from above

Another angle

Both circles and some wood grain

Looking back to the end point

What do you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Finishing the RBS base

April 23, 2009

Yes, it’s finally time to finish the base.  Sanding:  done.  Stain:  done.  Touch-up:  done.  Now it’s time for the tung oil, which is mostly about drying time, anyway.  I’ve noticed that I kept simplifying the design.  Some ideas didn’t even make it on paper.  My husband mentioned that the base is rather different than my other pieces.  I explained (and showed) him that I didn’t want to compete with the sculpture, and once the marbles start moving there will be plenty of action.  I think he agrees.  Here’s a sneak peak:

Done staining

It’s all about the circles

April 13, 2009

It’s time for the circles.  I’ve had a love/hate relationship with them over the years.  No matter how hard I try, I can’t get the masking tape to form a circle. Doing them free hand just doesn’t leave the nice, crisp edge that I like.

I’ve tried many different ways to get them right.  The latest attempt was using a stencil film to cut out the circle, then with some Krylon Easy-Tack set it on the wood and stained away.  Circle fail!  Or, maybe it’s stencil fail.  As, you can see.

I know, I didn’t manage to cut the stencil film very well, but I still don’t think that would have helped the process.  Doese anyone have any ideas?  I’m going to try one more idea, but I don’t really think it will work.  So, does anyone out there have any inspiration to share? Please, let me know.