Tips & Techniques

Tip of the Month

Preventing Bleed Over: When the cutting on a marquetry piece is completed and mounted on the backboard, it is time to sand down the surface.  If there is light colored veneer, like holly or maple, anywhere close to a dark veneer, like ebony or walnut, the dark sanding dust will get into the pores of the light colored veneer.

The solution is to apply a coat of sanding sealer to the piece before sanding. The sanding sealer prevents the dark sanding dust from penetrating the pores of the lighter veneer.  It may be necessary to repeat the process with the sanding sealer if a lot of sanding is required to achieve a smooth surface.  Contributed by Ted Lawshe

Glue – Ups: When mixing Pro Glue, weigh out the resin and water, and set a bit of water aside. Pour all the resin into the water, wait 10-15 seconds, then mix thoroughly. Add the additional water to thin it, if necessary. DO NOT ADD MORE POWDER!  From Al Spicer

Photographing Marquetry Revisited  – How to take quality photographs of your artwork

Packaging Your Marquetry Picture for Shipment  – Tips on preparing pictures for shipment

Marquetry Reflections of Water  – How to add water reflections to your pictures

Marquetry-Fragmentation 1  – Some methods for fragmentation

Marquetry-Fragmentation 2  – Additional fragmentation tips

Marquetry as Intellectual Property  – A very good article on intellectual property as it relates to marquetry.