By Oriel Hicks, Mar 17 2014 08:43PM
Along with the rest of the UK, the islands were ravaged by storms in the early months of this year. Our little freight steamer struggled to make it over and cancelled her trip on more than one occasion.
However, as a by-product of the terrible weather, large quantities of wonderfully distressed driftwood arrived on our shores, so I have started putting it to good use.
My latest venture is to chisel out shapes in the wood and set tesserae (little mosaic pieces) into it.
I have also discovered that the Cornwall Scrap Store stocks a very good substitute for gold leaf... but much cheaper! So the reverse sides of some pieces have their rough textured surfaces highlighted in gold!
I have photographed the first batch, and at the moment, I think I'm going to keep the one on the left.
Do you have an instructional book? I love your elements! Beautiful work!
Sadly, I don't really have ime to write about how to do it. I tend to just experiment, especially in the winter months when I'm not so busy.
Your pieces are lovely I was trying to find out a way to actually insert stainglass into the wood cut shapes into it but a bit unsure on how to go about it could you make any suggestions greatly would appreciate it.
I use a set of small wood chisels Barb, turning one on its edge to outline the shape I want, then using it flat to remove the wood carefully. It is almost imposible to take out a circle in the wood, so I try to stick to designing mosaic inserts with straight edges! Mind your fingers when using the chisels, and never push the blade towards your other hand holding the wood, as it will do you damage if it slips.
I love your work. The 2 mediums of Glass & wood work beautifully together. Thank you for instructions on how to chisel holes in the driftwood. May I please ask,.how do you stick or hold the glass in place in the holes. Do u use wire or maybe special glue. I would live to try something g like this. Bridget in Ireland