Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Oh, wooden it be lovely? a diy story part 2

The one on the left is Ivory and the one on the right is wood.
Ivory is done the same way, the colors are just different.

Continued from part 1

and here is part 3

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You will need:

2 blocks of Opaque White Cernit
1 block of White Porcelain Cernit
1 block of Caramel Cernit
1 block of Champagne Cernit
Clay Machine
Acrylic roller
Clay Slicing Blade

12. This is the picture and step12 from the last post, part 1.

Here is the stack from the side so you can see the thickness.
Roll the length of the whole stacked sheets through clay machine on the thickest setting.
You will have a big long strip.

13. Hold both of the ends of the sheet up so that you can find the middle of the sheet and cut in half.

14. Turn one of the halves 180 degrees and stack on top of the other sheet so both cut edges are on the same side of the stack. The caramel side of the top sheet will go on to the Opaque white side of the other.
Press them together or roll with your roller. Not a lot just to tack them together.

15. Roll these two stacked sheets together lengthwise through the machine on the thickest setting.
Cut the sheet in half and then rotate one of the sheets horizontally 180 degrees so the cut edges are on the same side.

16. Now stack these sheets and roll with the acrylic roller to tack them together.

Roll the length of the sheets through the clay machine again.

17. Cut this sheet in half as before and stack the same way by rotating one of the sheets and stacking with the cut edges on the same side.

18. Here is the stacked sheet. Do not roll through the machine this time. You are not going to roll it through again until you get to the end.

Cut in half again. Stack one on top of the other.

I have a lot of cracks because I am stopping and photographing in between each shot and step. But... cracks are good, and this is some of the best faux wood I have ever made.
I was getting upset and I thought I'd have to re-shoot this all over again, but I decided to show you what really happens and when I was done it was gorgeous.
When I am doing this technique I am going through the steps one after the other and I have a lot less cracking.
The Cernit is really wonderful for these layered techniques because of the depth the porcelain effect adds to the technique.

19. OK, I have stacked one half on top of the other again. See this little tab.
Cut it off.

20. Place it on top of the stack anywhere you want. It will add yet more variation.

21. Here is what all those little layers look like on the side.

Stay tuned to part 3...


  1. You always amaze me with all these new techniques you come up with and how much detail you put into your work. Lovely! **kisses** Deb

  2. This makes me want to haul out the clay!

  3. Wow Marie. These are the most lovely things I´ve ever seen. You´re so talented!!!!!! Big hugs

  4. These are lovely, Marie! I love the detail...always amazed!

  5. Marie i love this work! the ivory and the wood effect are fantastic!

  6. Thank you Deb. This is a very old technique for me.

  7. Do you have any room on your table Sus??
    I saw your work table! LOL!

  8. Awwwwwwww thank you so much Guadalupe.

  9. You are just so talented, Marie. Thanks for sharing how you create these lovelies. Theresa

  10. A brilliant effect. I think if you mixed in 'shorter' segments throughout the stacking & rolling process you should be able to create a 'curving' effet in the grain as the layers are compressed. The shorter sections will cause the fuller layers to wrap/warp around the shorter pieces creating the more natural waves in the grain?

    Simply awesome none the less.


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