I didn’t get much done today. It was just one of those days I guess. Here’s the completed head though. I attached the detail pieces using Gorilla wood glue and 5/8” brads. This was something I’d been worried about. I done some experimenting the other day and decided on this method. It did not work out like I wanted it to at all. A few of my pieces split while shooting the brads. I wasn’t happy about this, but it was too late to do anything about it without ruining the entire head and having to start back over from scratch. After covering the cracks with multiple layers of paint I think I can live with it, but I want to find a better way before I attach the pieces to the tail.
Even though I was able to fix up the pieces on the head, the tail will be completly covered with the same type detail pieces for hair. I’m afraid the same kind of cracks on the tail pieces will throw eveeything off too much and make my pieces run over the edges. So tomorrow I will do some more experimenting to find the best way. I know the glue usually holds my pieces on my other projects. I usually don’t put this kind of detail though on projects that will be ridden by kids. I want to make sure the pieces stay put.
The other problem I’m having right now is decisions. The main one being about flowers. My original plan was to adorn the body of the unicorn with flowers. My wife seen this after finishing the head though and seems to think that it doesn’t need flowers. As a matter of fact, with the flower decorations that will be on the rocker assembly, she thinks flowers on the unicorn will be just too much. I do have a tendancy to overdo things sometimes. Right now I’m just going to have to finish the tail. Then I will detail the rocker assembly and set the unicorn on it to see what it looks like. Then I’ll go from there.