Dingbat - Brimstone and furtle
Brimstone and furtle|
Sulphur inlay is a rare, near extinct, 18th century inlay technique. But it looked pretty easy, so I thought I'd give it a go.
I started with a small piece of mahogany, about 4" square. Then carved it (badly) with an oak leaf mon.
The sulphur is just plain yellow "flowers of sulphur" from a garden shop, or the retro-ironmongers in Staple Hill. Melted in a small tin can over the kitchen stove, it melts very easily. Then just pour it carelessly over the carving.
When cooled for a couple of minutes, scrape it flat with a cabinet scraper. Done !
Not bad. Needs a groove width of about 1/16" minimum. The groove should be square-sided, as narrow V-shaped grooves can fall out.
There are a few air bubbles in the sulphur, particularly down the middle of the wide grooves. I think having the workpiece right next to the stove might give me a quicker pour and runnier sulphur.
Surface when finished is hard and pale straw colour. Definitely needs a dark wood to show it up well.
Current Mood: workshop
Tags: sulphur, workshop
Nice result from a pretty interesting technique.
I'm glad you've got a handy retro-ironmongers - makes life a lot easier :)
|Date:||September 18th, 2003 04:22 pm (UTC)|| |
Simple, too. :)
Here I was thinking it was a complex chemical ethching process. :P
I though the same.
Sorry to be thick, but you actually leave the sulphur in or just long enought to patinate the wood? Er,why?
Mmm Eggy-smelling wood.
|Date:||September 19th, 2003 08:18 am (UTC)|| |
The grooves are about as deep as they are wide, and I leave the sulphur in there permanently.
Raw sulphur isn't whiffy, and it seems to last for a couple of hundred years at least. Only when you're (over) heating it does it smell a bit of cheap coal fires.
|Date:||September 19th, 2003 09:56 am (UTC)|| |
Each to his own goat I suppose.
|Date:||September 19th, 2003 02:12 pm (UTC)|| |
I should come and pick those chairs up sometime.
Whilst I still have a car (another week before it goes to the Great Citroen Pile In The Sky), I should take a trip up to Cheltie and the museum of artsy-craftsy furniture. Then I could also drop in on you on the way back. How does next week sound?
<Bluebottle> "It sound like this, 'ftang, ftang, ftang, ninny !'"
I can't do Tuesday - any other days good or bad for you ?
Much as I'd like to pretend a frantic social schedule, I'm free pretty much all next week.
See you whenever.
|Date:||September 19th, 2003 11:55 am (UTC)|| |
Very nice! Does it stay that colour for ever ?