I start with the lid already sized for the box. This one is purpleheart. I know, it’s almost impossible to carve, but it’s what the customer ordered. So I find a way.
Next is to design your inlay
After the drawing is done, I cover it with scotch tape or box tape
Then comes the mirror and xacto knife
After my stencil is made I transfer it to my lid blank
With my trusty chip carving knife, I carve in my design. Since purpleheart is so hard I chose to only do the outline on this one. I will have a upcoming inlay where I go into doing a larger inlay and flattening out the bottom.
Now it’s on to the messy part. I am using a metallic acrylic paint to color the epoxy. The epoxy only has to hold in the carving, so I am not too concerned about the paint weakening the epoxy. I do use inlace also, but they are expensive and I didn’t have the proper color for this project, so I used what I have. I am sure there will be some out there who disagree with using paint, but I have it on hand, it’s cheap, and my test with it worked out fine, so that’s what I used.
And now we wait. Next episode will be sanding and filling air bubbles. I’ve tried several different ways to not get air bubbles, but so far I still get them, any hints or suggestions are welcome.
As always, thanks for taking a look.
-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks