How To Make Inlaid Bees
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A few years ago I had a commission to design and build a large coffee table for a client in Chicago.I inlaid scatterings of bees on the panels at the sides and back to add some joyful sweetness to the otherwise-serious design.
A recent Instagram post showing the bees on one of the panels brought a lot of interest, so here's the step-by-step technique I use for this type of inlay.It's extremely simple (to the point of being embarrassingly crude) and wonderfully effective at evoking the lively buzzing of these hardworking creatures.
Materials needed: Marking knifeChisels and gouges, depending on the sizes and shapes you plan to useSandpaperLaminate trimmer and 1/8″ cutter (optional)PencilOil-based enamelVeneer (you can saw your own)Thin brass sheet (available from many hardware stores; it should be thin enough to cut with scissors but not so thin that you can sand through it.
I used .005″.)5-minute epoxyAmber shellac Draw the wings in pencil, adding some type of mark that will indicate which side goes up.Cut the brass with scissors.(Just don't expect them to stay sharp after such abuse.
) Here's my first wing, cut out.Cut out the second wing.Put the wings together on paper to make sure they look good and...