Revealed Grain Tulip
- Ryobi 16" Scroll Saw
- 1"x8"x? piece of scrap pine
- TRANSFAST Wood Dye Powder - Coral Pink& Medium Green
- Ryobi Drill
- Dico Nyalox Flap Brushes 80, 120, 220 grits
- DAP Rapidfuse
- Spray Adhesive
I think it's been a million years since my last blog post... yeah... sorry about that. So here is a quick and easy project to kick off some new posts! I didn't bother documenting much on the revealed grain process, however you can watch the original video I made on it at the bottom of this post!
You can simply google image search "Tulip Vector" and find any shape of design and simply print the image!
Roughly cut out the shape and spray some adhesive on your wood. The black line was just a rule of how tall I was going to make this.
Starting from the stem of the design carefully cut out your shape in one motion. We need this to fit back in tightly so the thinner the blade the better! if you go off the line... just keep going and make it work! Mine was a bit rough but it turned out okay!!
As you can see my stem broke in half... who cares! Its revealed grain!!! I didn't get a picture but basically you just quickly squirt some rapid fuse on the edges and put some 1/4" risers (just thin scrap pieces of wood) behind the leaves and bloom. Then literally glue the hell out of the seam. On a not so detailed project like this you'll burn the excess off. If you're doing more intricate work, pay a bit more attention to detail or you wont get the paper off or worse burn the detail and raised wood off entirely. It's a trial and error thing so don't get discouraged. start with big shapes and work your way into a more detailed project.
I charred this to an extreme. I wanted the bloom and leaves to flow into the wood and in order to achieve that I needed a lot of charring. Again experiment and see what you like.
Using a wire brush I manually removed the bulk ash. If you went straight to a power tool all that carbon would become airborne. You can follow the video below that kinda explains the rest of the process. I plan to have a revised and updated video out soon that will cover some of the more advanced techniques I've developed.
Wait what?! That's it?? Yeah pretty much! There is some sanding in the background but once you get to this point you simply brush on the dye. To clarify dye is not stain, I'll have a segment coming out soon that will be titled Tropicana Revealed Grain that will explore more options with coloring and pigments.
One more thing to mention. I never use any finish on revealed grain. The fire process tends to seal the wood well enough for indoor use. If you do use a clear coat, expect to see a drastic yellowing in the wood.
But there you go... a quick one hour project for you and I can say "I blogged today!"