Those finishing touches

It can be that little something that makes a piece go from “that’s good” to “wow!” And I think I knew once I completed the assembly of this piece what it needed for that wow factor.

To color the piece, I first used a single coat of black aniline dye using a denatured alcohol base. Then I added a fair amount of india ink to the mixture and applied a second and third coat. An alcohol based finish dries very quickly and it does not raise the grain of the wood, thus cutting down on standing. For the top coat, I applied two coats of a satin poly to get that matte finish I wanted.

For some reason I like copper, and I especially like using copper in my woodworking projects when I can. In this case, I used copper wire and copper leaf.┬áThe copper wire is about 28 gauge and pretty easy to work with. I bought a ten foot piece of bare “thermostat” wire which had seven strands. Unwrapping each strand was a bit of work, but in the end, I had seventy feet of wire. Each figure “x” wrapping used five feet of wire, and I used a drop of CA Glue to secure the end of each wrapping and that seemed to work well.









The copper leaf used on the top was a mix of faux copper and real copper leaf, and I used a Rocco oil based sizing for the adhesive. To add some extra wow factor to the top, I did a bit of chemical patination by using Barium Sulfide and Sodium Sulfide to color the metal. Sorry, but my photos don’t really show the patination very well.

I am pleased with this piece. I more pieces ready to assemble a second stand that I might put together later. I still need to put a clear top coat over the copper on the top, but I want to wait for all the chemicals to cure before applying it. The top coat will just help prevent scratching of the thin metal leaf. I hope you like it!

Put to use!


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Husband, Abba, Furniture Maker, Turner, Bookseller, and all around working stiff.
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2 Responses to Those finishing touches

  1. Bob says:

    That turned out very nice.

  2. Jim Beckwith says:

    Looks great! Find a spot free of traffic patterns!

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