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MAKING TWO BLONDES- marquetry cutting

The drawing is made full size, in this case working from a photograph. The drawings is copied with tracing paper and then using carbon paper the lines can be put on the individual pieces of veneer. The picture then develops…

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ADDING ELEMENTS

Parts of the picture are worked on as units and then they cab be combined into larger elements. They are taped together with masking tape so they can be separated. This insures that the marquetry is small enough to cut…

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MAKING THE FACE

The face is done. I have changed the woman from brunette to blonde. I wanted more contrast with her hair and the background and I wanted her to match the golden retriever that is in the final design.

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TORSO AND HEAD

The picture has evolved and the upper body is now complete. The parts can still be separated to facilitate the assembly in the bigger panel.

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BODY

The body is finished and ready to put into the background.

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THE PANELS TRIMMED

The rectangles need to be trimmed to slightly over their finished size to facilitate gluing. Small wood blocks will be glued to the edges to “key” the board to the marquetry.

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GLUE UP

The panels are individually glued to MDF. In this case I have gone to a shop that has a large hot press that is big enough to accommodate the marquetry.

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TWO BLONDES AND A BRIOCHE (AT THE BISTRO)

The tape must be scrapped and sanded off the panels. This is a job that must be done carefully to both keep the panel flat and not go through the veneer. This is when you finally get to see the…

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