Hmm, where was I…O yes. The red material had arrived and so I laid it all out on the table to decide which one would go into the eye. There was Redwood burl, Amboyna Burl, Red Mallee Burl, Roble Burl, Red Swirl Resin, and Red Sea Coral.
I chose the Red Sea Coral not just because of its color but because it came from the sea and I am sentimental, I thought it would be cool to have it in the “SEA Monster” :)
It was a bit disappointing because when I sanded it flush, it turned white. So I colored it in with a Red Sharpie. I wrote on my list of things to do to do that after sanding the floor too, before finishing. I live by lists!
But it still turn out ok:)
(I have ordered a 5/16 length section of 21gauge Solid Gold Wire, valued at $4 to place in the corner of the red section. This will give a small sparkle to the eye when seeing it from standing level and the gold will not tarnish over time so the sparkle will remain bright.)
I have a Laguna Spindle sander with a 1/4 spindle. I absolutely love this thing, especially when I am doing these inlay projects. However, the inserts it came with did not provide enough support when I was sanding some of my very small pieces, and some of them are very small. I made this auxiliary table with near zero clearance. I am not worried about dust because because the amount generated is so minute it can just be blown away.
I still need to recess the clamps.
The Horn and Silver finally arrived!
The Horn was a little thick so I needed to resaw it down. My Laguna had no problems!
Then it just so happened that one of my first pieces of fin was one of the smallest I had in the pattern:).
I would cut the silver to match the horn.
I finished the chin fins and got the head on.
Then I moved on to the spine!
Because the Buffalo Horn has no real pattern I did not have to worry about lining up each piece.
I used Jewelers Pliers to help me bend the silver.
Minus a small piece on the corner of the body and the Gold in the eye the head is done. It looks very rough because it is covered in glue and paper. But when she is sanded down she should sing!
More to follow…
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate