Here I go again. I have had a idea for a while. It began with my first wood inlay. I wanted to do more. I wanted more colors, more this, more that. So I searched for idea’s and found people who did inlays on gourds. So I looked and read, and said, “Hey, I can do that in wood.” After doing a few of these I still wanted more. More color, etc.. So for Christmas I get this fancy new Dremel with all the attachments, and I say to myself “Now I can do more.” I have wanted to do epoxy in layers but all my carving of the inlay has been with a chip carving knife and a chisel. I didn’t have much luck in trying to carve into the epoxy in this manner. So with new dremel in hand and no idea of exactly how to do it, I am going to do it. And just to make it challenging I am going to do it in front of all of you. Wish me luck. If I can pull it off, it will open up all kinds of applications for me.
With all that out of the way, here we go.
First you need an idea. I set down with pencil and paper and came up with this. At first I colored it green but decided it looked like a evil mutant ninja turtle, so I decided to make it blue. I used color pencils to get an idea of what color epoxies I wanted to use.
Next I took tracing paper and made two copies of my picture. Have you tried to find carbon paper lately. It seems that it’s not easy to find anymore. I doubt my kids even know what it is. Anyway, the first copy is of the first two colors. I will be doing the blue for the main parts of the head and the red of the mouth. If you look at the drawing you will see that the teeth go over lips and the blue of the face so they will have to come last.
This next pic is the next step. The teeth will have to be removed and added at a third step. I will have to see how the carving goes. I may have to add more steps. I have never done this before so I will be figuring it out as I go.
In the next pic, you will see that I took painters tape and covered the wood, I then took spray on contact adhesive(made for drywall corner bead) LOL it’s all I had. and attached the tracing paper to the tape. I didn’t want to try and get the glue off of the wood.
So I had this great idea that I could just carve this out with the dremel. Well that didn’t work so well. The tape and paper would bunch up and I could tell what I had cut and what I had not been cut. So I went back with an X-acto knife and cut out my outline.
So then I go back in with the dremel
After carefully cutting my outline, I go back and remove all the extra material and came up with this. I know the picture isn’t the best, I was in a rush. I will get a better one tomorrow before I put in the epoxy. I will also get a picture of my dremel set up for anyone who is interested.
I left the pupil of the eye in wood. I thought it would look pretty cool. I haven’t decided if I will leave anymore wood in the interior of my little imp or not. I will just play it by ear as I move forward.
If anyone has any ideas, suggestion, words of wisdom, please share. I will need them. LOL. I debated with myself about waiting until I had this finished before I did the blog, just so I didn’t make a fool of myself. I finally decided to do the blog as I do the inlay. If I blow it, somebody out there will have an idea on how to do it better, or if I am really lucky someone will have that idea before I screw it up.
I want to thank everyone who joins me on this journey. I hope we all learn a lot.
-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks