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Butterflies

Butterflies is a term used for identifying a natural occurrence in wood.  This occurrence can be mimicked by hand during woodgraining.

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Butterflies is a term used for identifying a natural occurrence in wood.  The formation of a “butterfly” happens when sap accumulates below and around knots and other wood stress points. They often take the shape of butterflies. 

THE TECHNIQUE

The tools needed to obtain this looks are a Spalter Brush and a Softener Brush

On a glazed surface, use a soft brush that is closely held to the surface, and gently push the glaze to pool in the butterfly formation. Then, use a rag to gently dab off between the wings to accent.

Diagram of a Butterfly by Pierre Finkelstein
Butterflies on a glazed surface

EXAMPLES

Woodgrain samples by Pierre Finkelstein

Pine is traditionally pretty knotty. Look at all the butterflies! See also: Simple English Pine

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