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.

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.

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: