Friday, March 10, 2006

Adhering the leaves

Here is the almost finished piece.

The velcro option didn't work. That would have been cheating. I think probably the best adhesion is wax to wax. So I poured 3 pounds of beeswax onto a 24" x 48" wood panel. I placed the sewn pieces onto the waxed board. I rewaxed the sewn strips. I heated the wax surface and then placed the rewaxed strips onto the heated waxed surface. I then squeegeed the wax out of the strips with small pieces of cardboard. Et voila!

Here's the 2 x 4 foot panel
with a "fence" of painters tape around it

It' s good to burnish the edges,
so the molten wax doesn't spill out when poured.

Melting the beeswax. Where's the third pound?

I heated the panel before pouring-it flows better when it's hot.
Then I poured the beeswax onto the surface.
That shiny area is where my heating pad was, just underneath the surface
This is the last place to cool.

This is where I trim pieces to fit.

Laying out the strips.

I score the wax with my exacto
to mark where to heat the wax.

I heat the wax with my small torch
while the strip is being waxed in the medium bath.

Finally, I place the waxed sewn strip onto the heated wax surface
and squeegee off the excess wax with a small piece of cardboard.

Et voila!

6 comments:

Endment said...

Wonderful Post!
Thanks for sharing

Sigrid Jardin said...

I love when you show your process - this piece was so labor-intensive, but worth it! Nobody else ever made one like this!

Linstilllife said...

absolutely amazing! I've been waiting to see this, wondering how it would finish. I just love it.

Pam in Tucson said...

This is soooo beautiful! I love the subtle colours of the leaves. I echo sigrid jardin: Thanks for showing the process - so interesting, and it certainly demonstrates the enormous amount of work that goes into a piece like this. Congratulations!

Camille said...

wow, you make me want to make one of my own! I hope your show goes well!

marimarks said...

dottie,
incredible and interesting work. And I really appreciate your images and explanations--sharing what we know and do expands all our work1
marimarks