Noemi Wiley. Furniture. June 07th , 2017.
Furniture Veneer, Inlay, Marquetry and Boulle: Their artistry fell into four main categories: veneers, strips of mahogany or walnut, waxed and polished to enrich their grain and colour; marquetry, patterns and pictorial designs built up from a variety of different woods; inlay, which achieved a similar effect using pieces of tortoiseshell, mother of pearl, ivory and ebony; and boulle, named after a French family of cabinet makers in the 17th and 18th centuries whose furniture was decorated with designs in brass, picked out in black pigment and filled in with inlay. The skills of these craftsmen linger on in many small individual firms. Many of these antique pieces fetch an unbelievably high price at auctions around the globe, especially if they are from sought after craftsmen from early Victorian periods.
Each of these materials possesses its own set of strengths and weaknesses, so home-owners are advised to check which one would best suit their needs before purchase, if at all possible. However, despite their differences, all of these materials also share a few common traits, such as weather resistance, sturdiness and low maintenance requirements, which make them firm favourites among British home-owners. This is a large part of the reason why rattan garden furniture continues to be the best-selling type of outdoor furniture across the western world, even despite the existence of the numerous other options listed in this article.
Factors to Consider when Buying Furniture for your Home: There are quite a number of factors that come into play when one is buying furniture for their home. The buying of furniture is not something that should be rushed into. One should take care to ensure that they buy pieces that will be able to effectively take care of all their furniture needs. They should also take the time to ensure that the pieces that they buy will go a long way in ensuring that the pieces help to turn the house into a home. Among the factors that should influence the furniture that you buy are:
A storage unit which has wide doors and safe walls between lockers should be chosen. Also, make sure that there are no signs of water damage in any part of the building. Furniture should be kept dry because moisture is the main cause of damage to stored furniture. You should have many thick plastic sheets handy. These sheets should be laid on the floors of self storage units to keep moisture and humidity at bay. Moisture can cause mold growth which is harmful for furniture. Furniture storage can also be done on top of wooden pallets which let the items breathe and save them from moisture.
The same hot iron and gluing method is used in repairing marquetry. Lay a piece of paper over the missing section and rub with a soft pencil to get an outline of the area. Cut the paper to the pattern and stick it to the replacement piece of wood. Cut the wood slightly larger than the pattern and rub down with glass-paper until the exact fit can be obtained. Stick it into place with cold wood glue. On many antique furniture pieces the marquetry tends to lift through age and using the warm iron technique will heat the glue and the raised piece can be gently pressed down back into position. If dust has been trapped under the lifted section, it should be removed, cleaned and re-stuck into position.
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