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What’s The Glazing Of Wood Furniture All About?

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Glazing is a finishing technique that gives wood furniture an added touch of elegance and sophistication. It can be used to enhance the natural beauty of the wood and create a stunning effect.

Wood glazing is an art form that has been used for centuries and can be used to achieve a variety of effects.

Glazing can add a touch of warmth and texture to a piece of furniture, create a glossy finish, or even add a hint of colour.

While glazing can be done in many different ways, the most common method is to apply a thin layer of sealer over the wood, then use a thin layer of paint or varnish.

The result can be a beautiful, unique piece of furniture that stands out from the rest. Glazing is a great way to go whether you want to restore an antique piece of furniture or give your current furniture a modern look.

The trend of returning to nature in home décor is currently on the rise. It includes emphasizing the rustic nature of logs, the simple style, and the furniture’s fresh and harmonious colours.

The glaze is a vital artifact to express this trend.

The glaze is a translucent or transparent pigment colourant called antique lacquer.

It is made with resin dissolved in an oily solvent. The glazing colourant will penetrate the wood pores.

It is suitable for woods with darker textures, such as ash, white ash, ebony, etc.

It can be wiped or brushed to create a harmonious, natural and layered colour. It can also fully show the wood grain.

The glazing’s translucence can also reduce the brightness of the boards and create a soft contrast of colours or even shadows.

In this post, let’s look at the glaze’s techniques and how it makes the icing on the cake for building materials.

1. The standard rubbing techniques of glazing

1.1. Base glazing

Base glazing
Base glazing

Base glazing is rubbed on the uncoated sanded wood or the transparent primer. It will penetrate the wood pores and adjust the colour to be brighter or darker. Thus it will enhance the paint to have a layered look and contrast the wood texture.

1.2. Middle glazing

The middle glazing is applied on the wood already painted with transparent lacquer. The colour penetrating will create a strong effect of layering.

The base and middle glazing are both rubbed repeatedly with a cotton cloth. Thus the glazing spreads evenly on the woods. And then, the glazing will be dried with a fan gun.

Middle glazing
Middle glazing
Absorbs cleanly along the wood grain
Absorbs cleanly along the wood grain

2. The effects of glazing

2.1. Brightness and darkness contrasting

Use steel wool to rub the glazed lacquer along the wood texture on the sample board to contrast brightness and darkness.

Then use a brush or cotton cloth to rub glazing on the brightness and darkness to make it look soft and natural.

This step emphasizes the 3D effect and enhances shadow contrast on thee texture.

The blending of coffee brown with mysterious charcoal black makes the colour more dynamic and luxurious.
The blending of coffee brown with mysterious charcoal black makes the colour more dynamic and luxurious.

The blending of coffee brown with mysterious charcoal black makes the colour more dynamic and luxurious. The contrast of brightness and darkness and the dry brushing techniques create a natural layering effect.

2.2. Cloth rubbing or patting

Use a soft cloth to apply glaze on some special coating. With overall or partial rubbing or patting techniques, make the lighter colour darker to create a bright layering look.

It will contrast the wood texture and produce a 3D effect.

We should enhance the soft and natural effect with these techniques.

The darkening colour should be at most 25% of the sample colour, preferably less than 15%.

White glazing
White glazing

White is the most straightforward colour. It shows a simple log style on the natural and clear ash texture. The cloth rubbing and old-fashion visuals make the doors look aged and enhance the layering.

2.3. Dry brushing

The purpose of dry brushing is to produce an aged appearance. Wet the cotton cloth or brush with glaze colourant to make a unique effect on the wood’s edge, corners, and aged locations.

Dry brushing operation
Dry brushing operation

2.4. Oxtail drawing

Use an oxtail pen, cotton yarn or the corner of a brush to dip glaze on the surface and flick to draw traces like oxtails to achieve an antique effect.

Draw oxtail operation
Draw oxtail operation

2.5. Fly spots spraying

Fly black spot, also known as spray spot, is a decorative effect. It is generally black and brown, which can show an aged and classic effect.

The main point of operation is to put the Glaze colourant into the spray gun and adjust the spray gun’s air pressure and oil volume.

This step is crucial because it is related to the effect of the spray spots.

Generally, repeated debugging is required to achieve the effect, and finally, the spray spots are carried out.

Fly spots glazing
Fly spots glazing

3. Conclusion

Whether you want to restore an old piece of furniture, give your current furniture a modern makeover or spruce up the interior of your house, there is definitely a glazing option for you.

The glazing is the finishing touch on a piece of furniture that completes the transformation from raw wood to polished wood. It can be applied in a few different ways.

It can be applied as a base glaze on top of the wood’s natural colour. It can be applied as a middle glaze over a previously lacquered surface. It can also be applied as tiny dots on the surface of the wood.

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