With the plans all drawn up, I can finally get to work! (no, it was really a fluid process, work a little here, draw a little there, especially when it came to that tail!)
I cut out all the sections on the next piece and lined them up on the Snakewood. In order to have the Snakewood pattern follow the cure of the body of the Leviathan, it was important to line up the pattern with its spine.
I glued the pieces together with HotStuff CA glue…my favorite glue really, along with TitebondIII and Epoxy!! (However, I know I am following all this up with two part epoxy when I join all this to 1/2in Baltic Birch Plywood, so the CA Glue is not the primary source for bonding! CA glue, although very strong can be quit brittle.)
When I cut out the spinal fins from the Buffalo Horn, I did not have to worry about grain direction. This is excellent it terms of waste management. I just glued the pattern down and cut it out. Since the Sterling Silver replaces the kerf lines for the actual spines within the fins I am good to go!
I need to have a word with the artist…he keeps drawing smaller and smaller parts to cut out. :)
I cut the Sterling Silver and bent them with jewelers pliers. Sometimes I had to use a hammer. I recommend a Jewelers hammer for working with precious metal. I don’t have one and this is the closest I’ve got. It does’t have a completely flat face which makes it interesting:). The point is, don’t get down hearted, you can find a way to do anything! I will be getting a Jewelers hammer shortly though!
Then I moved on to the rest of the body.
It’s completed but the perspective is off. I am going to have to trim off some of the curve that enters the water on the left.
Here is a taste of what it is going to look like. It will look so much better sanded down, polished and finished!
With that section done I moved on to the next one. I could not complete it as I ran out of Black Mother of Pearl…I didn’t run totally out I just didn’t have enough to complete it. Its important to have consistency in the chest, so I need to wait till I have all the MOP laid out. I have more on the way! :).
Then I ran out of Sterling Silver on this section!
I just got the Sterling Silver in along with the 14k Gold, but you will have to wait and see:)...
More to follow….
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate