Friday, February 09, 2007

It's Like Watching Clay Dry

I have just finished the final making of the trim and here it is, set to dry. Not the most exciting post, I realize, but that is why I choose the title I did. I have a feeling there's going to be some rework. I can even see some mistakes just in this picture, but I'm done with this stage of the dining room remodel for now.

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Oak Tree Tile Trim, Part Four

This part deals with making the side trim of the oak tree tile mural. Here it is in final form, drying:

The first stage, in rough form, after pressing the clay into the jig or guide for the forming tool:
After the first pass:
After the second pass:
And the third. At this point, the bulk of the extra clay is off, and it's a matter of going over it several times, while spraying it with water to make sure the clay is uniforming distributed and no small cavities exist:
For the last pass, I clean the tool to make sure I get a good final clean cut into the clay. Surprisingly, there is still clay coming off despite making several passes. I try not too over work the clay too.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Panel Wainscoting Complete

This past week I was able to wrap up the last of the panel wainscoting install. It was just a couple of small areas, one near the stairs and one near the woodstove. And I can't even nail the cap yet near the woodstove until I figure out how to blend it in with the oak tree tile trim.

Here is the before / after scecario:

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