Whats on Grey's Worktable Tonight? 11-11-17
Tonights focus is on the newest sculpture for the Ecological Wasteland series. I am using a piece of deadwood obtained in Greenwood cemetery in New Orleans. The wood was first cleaned using dental tools and a wire brush until all debris and loose pieces are removed. The wood was then subjected to two days of burning. First a heatgun was applied section by section to the wood until it began to turn black.
This is a slow process, but it gives the wood an amazing patina after its finished. Once the burning is complete then a toothbrush is applied to the wood to gently remove any ash. This leaves a mottled color to the wood where its both black with some of the original red of the wood peeking through. After the toothbrushing, I then use a polishing cloth and lightly buff the wood. The result leaves a slight glow to it.
When the piece is complete, it will be sprayed with a triple thick glaze which will bring out the original reds and darken the blacks perfectly. Its time consuming and there is a lot of work involved in just the prep of the wood. But once that's complete the sculpture should come together quickly.
WORD OF WARNING! If you try this technique remember that eyewear is essential. Your dealing with a lot of sparks flying that can cause damage. Don't try it indoors. Use a well ventilated outdoor area. There is a lot of smoke! And keep a bucket of water nearby....just in case.