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A miniature wood grainer

Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade/Accessories' started by sippog, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. sippog Active Member

    Miniature Grainer

    Decorators have been using a tool for years to create faux (false) woodgrain effects. The effect is created by dragging a rubber stamp through a thick paint glaze, sometimes called a ‘scumble’ glaze, leaving ridges and whorls behind.

    There’s a certain knack to it which involves twisting and dragging but it can look quite convincing if it’s done well. I thought it would be interesting to try and make a miniature version that would work with models. Ideally, of course, you’d carve this with very fine detail in something hard and then cast it in rubber but I thought I’d see how far I got just carving lines in a eraser.

    I bought a soft one and used an engraving tool. The eraser was too soft, it broke in half, but I was able to try it on a piece of foam board. One area I painted first and then sealed with dull-cote. Another area I just did on to the bare cardboard.

    I used acrylic paint and a glazing medium which leaves slight ridges like you'd get with unplaned timber. It wasn’t a serious attempt, just a quick trial ‘play’, but the results showed promise. I think, with practice, you could get quite a nice paint grain.

    Knill22, kenshin393, yeo_64 and 5 others like this.
  2. peedee A Fixture

    I like it !

    Simple and inventive.

  3. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Nifty idea!

    All the best,
  4. Helm A Fixture

    Very clever

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