Sand shading marquetrywork

The delicate shading often seen in traditional marquetry-work is done by scorching the veneer in a tray of hot sand. Each piece of veneer is dipped for a few seconds only, and the sand must be clean, sharp, fine silver sand (obtainable from pet shops), uniformly heated. For island shading within the body of the veneer the sand should be heated in an old spoon and poured on repeatedly from both sides, again for a few seconds each time. After shading the pieces should be moistened on the surfaces and dried under a weight.

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