I left you last episode with this
After that picture was taken I had a little art time with my son. We sat at the kitchen table, he had out his crayons and paper, I had my face and chip carving knife. As he drew, I cleaned up the edges and corners. I then mixed green glitter and black paint into my epoxy. This is where I created a little problem for myself. I knew I over did it on the paint but I went ahead and used it anyway. Pressing my luck I guess. I ended up with a couple of spots where the epoxy is gummy. I am going to give it another day, now that it is sanded down, and see if it hardens any. If not, I will have to go back in and cut out the bad epoxy and do it over.
I had wanted to take pictures as I cleaned up the corners and such, but never thought of it as I talked with my son as we worked on our projects together.
Here you can see with the black epoxy in place
The next a a couple of pictures as it sands down. As I was working it seems to me if you have a drum sander that would be the way to go. I am always worried of sanding to much in one spot as I work my way down into the epoxy. Since I don’t have one, I get to be really careful. I will also note that I turn the speed down on my ROS. It seems to keep the sanding disc cooler and doesn’t gum up the paper as badly. It does take a little longer, but I get better results.
The next pic shows it once it is sander flush with the wood. As you can see I got a lot of air bubbles this go round. It was really hard trying to get the epoxy into all of the little lines. If you look in the middle of the horn, you will also see where the epoxy is soft and tried to peel on me.
In the next two pics I have cleaned it up with water. I use tooth pics to pic the sander dust out of the bubble voids, and clean water and rag to wipe it down. The wet rag helps get rid of the dust and helps me see what it will look like after finish.And my original drawing.
That’s it for this installment. I am going to just let it sit for a couple of days and see if the epoxy will cure any more. With a little luck it will. I will have to fill all the bubble voids in the black before I move onto the white, so even if I have to carve out some bad epoxy, it will all work out. I guess the next time I see you here I will be fixing the black and maybe carving in the white. Then I will have to decide if this will become a box lid or wall art. Any ideas????
Thanks for joining me on this episode.
See ya next time
-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks