On Making Intarsias"
By Meredith Jones
Kitsap Mineral and Gem Society
Heron," an intarsia by Meredith Jones, Bremerton, Washington. All material
including frame is petrified wood except the green hills which are jasper.
The black wood is from eastern Oregon, the rest from Saddle Mountain and
Rattlesnake Hills in Washington. There is a total of 284 pieces of which
202 comprise the bird. The work took 300 hours over a three month period.
Made in 1965, "Blue Heron" received a blue ribbon in master competition
at the National Show in Yakima, Washington, in 1965.
are in great demand at all shows but are extremely scarce. Why do people
hesitate to create a piece of work that can be so rewarding? Is it a lack
of proper equipment and cutting material, or does the thought of fitting
many small pieces into a single picture appear too difficult?
who can form a cabochon can grind and fit the edges of two or more stones
together for cementing. If this is true you can make an intarsia.
I would like
to mention that at the 1965 National show at Yakima, three members of the
Kitsap Mineral and Gem Society of Bremerton took two first places and a
second for intarsias, in both the masters and advanced categories. The judges
had little choice, as we were the only ones entered.
author holding the "Blue Heron."
have six local people making intarsias this winter and hope you will join
us for some real competition or just personal satisfaction.
of work is relatively new and the average person is puzzled by many questions,
which I hoe to answer. The construction procedure has been adopted successfully
by five of my friends. No doubt there are many variations and improvements
that can be made to suit your particular project.
an intarsia is composed of many small pieces and assembled like a jig-saw
puzzle. The pieces are cut and cemented, one at a time, to form an entire
picture of stones, which can rival the finest painting. The surface is ground
and polished which brings out the fine texture and colors of the rocks.
A rather simple
subject, such as a map of the United States, is a good beginning project.
All pieces are fairly large and colors are o great problem. More advanced
projects could be birds, flowers, ships, etc., which may use many tiny pieces
of material with just the right color or pattern to develop a real masterpiece.