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  • Stain or Paint Dilemma

    Hi All: Update Added a Work In Progress Pic to the Things We've Made Album

    I like to fit in a project every week if time and inspiration allow and this week I'm trying something new once again.

    It's a round mirror with a Rose window design in mdf over the face. The mirror itself is an Acryllic mirror that I'm trying to recycle and it will be housed in a rebated mdf backing.

    My question is whether to stain in country pine or oak, or should I break away from the norm for me and finish the design in a pastel colour?

    The intention is to keep this a light weight object so that it can supplied with a ribbon of material (I see Tartan) to be hung anywhere the buyer fancies.

    Picture Added
    James
    Last edited by Crafty Cath; 16-01-2013, 04:24 PM. Reason: Update
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  • #2
    why not indulge in a little of both? do a distress design so you can see wood showing through paint?? not sure its possible with mdf but an is an idea

    T

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    • #3
      Thanks for the suggestion. It's got me thinking.

      Wish I could more replies.
      james
      www.facebook.com/CraftyCath

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      • #4
        Generally I'm not impressed with stained MDF!! It tends to patchiness. You could wood grain some of it and paint some of it, sort of distressed looking.

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        • #5
          Thanks for he response.
          I find it patchy unless I use a pre-stain conditioner. It's necessary on pine or white wood too.
          I've only recently discovered that and what a differenci it's made.
          James
          www.facebook.com/CraftyCath

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          • #6
            Hi James, Why don't you pick a colour from the rose window, maybe a pale colour if there are pale colours in it or go bold as in black if there is black in the picture. Would maybe made it a bit more contemporary.

            Annelies
            http://www.effervescentlime.com
            http://www.facebook.com/effervescentlime

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            • #7
              Now there's an idea.
              Tomorrow I may get the chance to do a bit more to it. The first thing to do is to apply sanding sealer and when dry
              sand off all the fluffy bits to reveal the bevelled edges and clean lines of the geometric design.
              The original vector drawing was inspired by a photograph of a Cathedral Rose window, Chartres if I remember correctly.
              It is not a copy but is a new drawing clearly inspired by the afore mentioned window.
              Once clean sanded, pre-stain conditioned and smooth sanded I'll photograph it and use photoshop to try all the suggestions given. I may have to make multiples of this if I can't decide upon one colour.
              James
              www.facebook.com/CraftyCath

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              • #8
                You could just cut out border from a piece of card and colour it and place over the picture and look at it from a distance. The colours in photoshop are not always same as real life. I think you would get a better idea of what it will look like.

                Annelies
                http://www.effervescentlime.com
                http://www.facebook.com/effervescentlime

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                • #9
                  Thanks, another good idea.
                  James x
                  www.facebook.com/CraftyCath

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                  • #10
                    The photo of this Mirror Project is definately work in progress. I've sealed and sanded the front face today.
                    I hope to cut the mirror circle tomorrow and maybe the backing sheet.

                    just for interest it took 3hrs to hand sand the detail. 120, 220 and 320 grit.
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                    • #11
                      I'm adding that it's too cold today for me to break away from my computer to work in the workshop.
                      However, i've enquiries for bespoke work that require some computer design time. So hey ho off to work I go.
                      Has anyone looked at the mirror?
                      Somehow I don't think there's a lot of interest in this thread.

                      James
                      www.facebook.com/CraftyCath

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                      • #12
                        I have just had a look at your facebook page, nice designs by the way, but can't find the design you are working on. Could you put up a link for me.

                        Annelies
                        http://www.effervescentlime.com
                        http://www.facebook.com/effervescentlime

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                        • #13
                          Hi Annelies, thanks for the nice comment on my designs.
                          I've uploaded a work-in-progress pic of the piece to my 'Things We've Made' Album here on the forum.
                          Hope you find it. I'm determined to cut the mirror disc today and make a decision on the backing board. The rebate for the mirror could take a lot of machine time.
                          Also there is a keyline on the face as part of the design and I've been contemplating how to bring this out with a shade of the final colour, say dark blue on a light blue ground but I don't find that easy to do. Easy in theory, not so easy in practice.
                          Hope you see this.
                          James x
                          www.facebook.com/CraftyCath

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