Layered epoxy inlay #4: Layer two

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 01-06-2012 09:07 PM 5845 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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That was quick. I had a little spot that was a different color than everything else so I went ahead and got it out of the way.

I started by cutting parts of the eye out so I could mark the eye onto the wood/epoxy. The part of the eye with the paper in place will be the part I carve out.

Then I drew it in using a pencil and the stencil I had just made

Next I hooked the flex shaft to the dremel and started carving. I used this big bit to start, then put a much smaller one on. I need to get more bits. I am quickly finding that a variety of sizes are needed. This one is really to big for this job, but the other one is much to small to take out all this material so I risked it. I figured as long as I didn’t screw up the wooden pupil of the eye I was ok.

Here you can see it mostly cleaned up. I did go back in with my smallest bit and smooth things up a little.

And here is the evil Grinch’s Yellow eye. Once again I used acrylic paint. I add some black glitter to get that evil sparkle in his Christmas present snatching eye. LOL

Well that’s all for today. I’ll let this cure over night and tomorrow I will try to get the white of the eye in. I am quickly learning that each color basically means one day. If the area’s to be filled are not to close together I can do more, but this eye is going to take about 3 days alone. It’s the cure time that kills you. The good part of that is that the sculpted box in my other blog is getting really close to getting a finish. But that’s a different blog.

I hope you have enjoyed this so far. The next episode will drop soon.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 10:08 PM

This is looking good Joey! Great blog. Sorry the bag technique didnt work out for you. You gotta just go with what works…and what your doing is working my friend.

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 11:32 PM

It’s moving along pretty fast.

You are going to be a master at coloring epoxy very soon.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 01:00 AM

Thanks Bart, I probably am just doing the bag thing wrong. I really wish I had the patience to figure it out, it sounds like it would be a lot easier.

Good day Ian. These things usually go pretty quickly, it’s just the curing time that takes for every. I did get to sand up the sculpted box, it’s about ready for finish. Just doing a few test on finishing, I want to use a new technique and I will be able to finish that blog up. I also got to re-start on a new project. I made a batch of boxes a while back and had a couple extra. I finally pulled one of them out and decided to give it a go. I am debating doing a blog on it. I enjoy doing them so I might as well do one for each project. Plus, if I ever want to do it again I can just look it up on here. I don’t have to try and remember how I built something. So Lumberjocks is becoming my shop memory. LOL If it would only remember that measurement for me. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 02:43 AM

I was going to suggest earlier that the dewalt palm router, the pluge one (DWP611PK), is great at removing all the excess wood.
Since you have a base, it is more precise and easier that the hand held dremmel; at least for me.
The initial entry point is right on every time with the plunge.
I use a 1/16 router bit for intricate area and move to 1/8 or 1/4 depending what you working on.

I have the feeling you will be doing a lot of inlay, epoxy or otherwise and it might be helpfull. This said, I think I have seen a base for the dremmel as well.

My humble opinion is that having a base makes it more stable and slide nicely on the wood.

Other manufacturers came up with similar plunge for their palm. I like the dewalt, it’s a little quieter

Your blogs are refreshing and very usefull. Keep them coming.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 01-07-2012 04:19 AM

@ Ian
I have the router base for the router as well. I got the Dremel 4000 5/60. It has 5 attachments including the router base and the flex shaft and 60 bits, drum sanders, and cutting wheels. That is what I used on the first step. I used the flex shaft mainly because I just got it and need the practice. It’s like using a pencil. I think the larger bit I used was 1/8 and the smaller one might have been 1/16 but as tiny as it is I think it is 1/32. I’ll have to check it tomorrow. I used my chip carving knife for the sharp corners that the round bit wouldn’t fit in. I use that knife as much as anything in my shop.

I’ve used the Dewalt but I felt that the dremel would be more versatile in it’s uses. I will get a picture of it with the base on it and post it here. I went back and looked at your dragon stools. I have done a simple dragon and have plans for something a lot more detailed one I get this technique down. By the way, I love the stools/tables.

I am glad you like the blogs. I really enjoy working on them. It’s refreshing for me as well. It helps go over what I have done and to think through what I am about to do. As long as someone is getting something out of them I will keep doing them. I might even do them if no one reads them because I get a lot out of doing them. I think I will start a new one right now. I was going to save it until I was farther along but that isn’t really my style. I like sharing the story as I go.

Well I’m off to get on the next blog. Tomorrow we get to see the yellow eye.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#6 posted 01-08-2012 10:50 PM

Joey: This looks good.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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