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Xylotheque #7

My last comment on this project was ‘now for some fun on the outside’ so I had better make good on this…

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I had already thought about adding an inscription to the front and originally was going with an asemic theme, but after thinking about the overall aesthetics of the piece, I decided to go with a runic message. After researching a number of runic forms on the web, I translated a suitable passage, sketched it out in pencil and then roughly carved it out:

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The idea was to create a less polished object, something perhaps made during moments of enforced calm like a warrior on route to combat.

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In order to pick out the characters further I mixed up some more paint and powder filler to make a sloppy paste:

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This was then carefully slathered over each cut and left to dry…

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Next came a vigorous sanding to remove all the surface pigment…

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and a good clean with a damp cloth to reveal the now crimson runes…

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They have got much lighter now that everything has dried, so I may need to come back to this, but I’m hoping I can restore this level of colour (not too bright and apparently pale with age?) with some waxing later.

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Now to go back inside. If you recall the first post about xylotheques, you may have noticed the compartment built into the spine:

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That’s my next step…

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