Nothing makes a house feel more like a home than handmade decor that has been customized and personalized just for you. I use the title of “woodworker” to describe myself and what I do, and every piece I make does start in the wood shop, but I use a variety of materials and techniques when it comes to creating unique decorative items including adhesive vinyl, pyrography (wood burning), and glass etching.
I’ve collected and sorted a selection of customized items I’ve produced over the years. Take a look and let me know what inspires you. Have an idea you don’t see below? I’m always looking to tackle a new project. Contact me today, and let’s start collaborating!
Adhesive Vinyl – Custom Decals on Beautiful Wooden Backdrops
Using a Silhouette Cameo craft cutter, I’m able to add beautiful, intricate designs and lettering to pieces quickly and precisely. If you can imagine it, I can almost certainly design it, cut it out, and add it to your custom woodworking project.
I work mainly with white vinyl because it provides a beautiful contrast against a variety of wood stain colors, but the material is available in all of the colors of the rainbow.
The adhesive vinyl is fairly permanent on its own, especially for decorative items that won’t be handled frequently, but I step up the durability of my pieces by sealing all vinyl between multiple layers of polyurethane. The final piece has a uniform sheen that is beautiful and durable.
Here’s a few examples of the pieces I’ve produced using adhesive vinyl.
Woodburning / Pyrography – Rustic Accents Complement the Natural Beauty of Wood
Pyrography (a.k.a. woodburning) is an art form on its own, and while I don’t claim to be a true master of the medium, I can incorporate the technique in wooden items for a rustic decorative touch.
To produce precise designs and lettering, I first print a copy on regular paper and transfer it to the wood using carbon tracing paper and then burn the tracing into the wood.
Check out a few examples below:
Glass Etching – Combining Wood and Glass to Make Unique Gifts
Glass etching is achieved using a special acidic cream that dissolves the top layer of glass, leaving behind a cloudy, permanent impression that diffuses light. Using adhesive vinyl stencils, any shape as well as intricate lettering can be achieved.
The one downside is that, as beautiful as the finished product is, it doesn’t photograph well! I only have one example to share right now, but I’ll add more as I create them and get some quality photo
Ready to design your own customized decorative items?
Inspired yet? Hopefully the images above gave you some idea of what I can make. I’d love to collaborate with you to create a personalized piece for your home or special event. Contact me to get started today!