Hello, it’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to work on this one. Tonight I carved out the white of eye and the teeth. Everything went great until I went in with my knife to clean up the teeth and make the points sharp.
I have made a new discovery that I never thought about before. It seems that when the epoxy hardens with the graphite from the pencil lead it becomes very hard, but very brittle. With the paint it is a little more flexible. I managed to chip it around a couple of the teeth and will most likely have to go back, and put the black epoxy back in again. That’s not to big of a deal, I’ve already had to do it once. What’s that old shop saying, We do it right because we do it three times? LOL. But this has let me to think about the brittleness of the epoxy. If the wood swells enough could it put enough pressure on the epoxy to shatter it? I don’t know but that would suck. With the acrylic paint it retains a bit of elasticity. It may be worth being very careful and using the paints. At this point I am not really sure. I guess as I do more projects and try more variations, I will find one that works perfectly. I must say, that I am happy with the way it is coming together, and with the exception of using to much paint and a couple of chips I feel good about the whole project so far. I expected some challenges and I’ve had a couple.
So here is the face with the carving done. Sorry the picture is so bad, I don’t know what happened and I didn’t check until the next stage was done. If you look to the left side of the mouth you can see the chips around the teeth.
In the next picture I have painted the cavities with a metallic white acrylic paint. This picture came out a little bit better.
Now I will let the paint dry over night and try to get the epoxy into it sometime tomorrow. I’ll get the next episode up as quickly as possible. As I stated before I am in the middle of the first big cabinet job out of my home shop. Well, it’s not really big, unless you look at the fact that my shop is a one car garage. I am also remodeling my shop and hope to be able to post pictures of it soon. Please bare with me and I’ll get us all to the end of this part of it.
Thanks for joining me
-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks