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dennis wake11/12/2012 19:04:25
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after talking to Les Thorn at harrogate show and reading about ebonising and gilding i had to have a try. so purchased the required spray and gilding past. the first that i tried was just a simple bud vase in ash. the shape wasn't exactly what i wanted but for this first time i think it turned out rather well.

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the gold cream really sets the grain up.

the apple was also just a trial and not very good but need to just do a little bit of thinking as to how to cover the apple in the one go.

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and finally i had to have a go at the clock that i had just begging me to be fitted to a bit of timber.

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this photo dosent really show the burnishing cream to good. the timber here is beech so i textured it in places.

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this is a better view of the back .

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all comments welcome

Derek Lane11/12/2012 21:25:23
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Well done Dennis love the ebonised look. You certainly made a great job of it, especialy the clock.

I have tried it using wire wool and vinigar but only on oak as it has plenty of tannin

Oddjob12/12/2012 11:21:53
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Lovely stuff Dennis. It is something I have never tried - perhaps maybe now I will. Any advice on where to get the material?


Doug12/12/2012 17:08:59
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Posted by Oddjob on 12/12/2012 11:21:53: Any advice on where to get the material?

Richard, most artists supplies shops sell gilding wax in many colours, I get mine for around £6 a tube.

I tend to use spirit stain first, apply the wax & then clean it off with a citrus based oil like lemon oil.

This works best on open grained timber like oak or ash, you can use an ebonising spray as a base but I find it too dark, which is why I prefer the spirit stain base as it allows the wood to show through more.


dennis wake12/12/2012 23:23:42
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hi All

thank you for your comments. Richard i got my gilding past from chestaton finishes they do it in gold silver and copper or bronz. they were about £9 and the ebonizing spray is about £10 i think.

they advise you seel the timber with sandsealer first to stop the ebonizer from soaking in to the wood.


Paul Bodiam13/12/2012 17:39:35
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I love the effect you've achieved here; for me, the ash vase is a real winner.

I'm putting ebonizing spray and gilding paste on my list for Father Christmas.



Bruce Rauncar02/01/2013 20:11:48
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I really like the ebonized effect of the wood here. I especially love dark finished furnitures. I am inspired to turn anything to ebony. Looks amazing behind a white backdrop. Great technique and work here!

dennis wake02/01/2013 22:13:24
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thank you for your comments. dennis

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