|Project by FJPetruso||posted 07-22-2014 10:43 PM||1201 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
I took a class on making these bowls & really enjoyed it. Naturally, these bowls are for decorative use only. Basically it’s just making a bowl the normal way. The difference is in the decorating & finishing. After making the first step for the outside of the bowl you use a spiraling tool & any assortment of punches to dent & decorate the bowl. Then the outside is sprayed with black dye from an air brush and after that you use “Rub N Buff” pewter finish. The dents show black against the pewter then. And you really do need to RUB & Buff a couple of times so the finish is durable. The rub n buff is applied with a very thin coating on your fingers with the lathe stopped.
Then you chuck to the bottom of the bowl to continue making the bowl. After you get the desired shape & a “Medallion” in the bottom. you punch & decorate the desired areas & then carefully spray the area to be pewterized with black dye. Then shade the area that you wish the grain to show with a couple of colors of dye. I chose Yellow & Orange. ( I got a bit heavy on the dye on the smaller bowls & the grain didn’t show through too well.) Then the top & inner portions of the bowl are pewterized. I sprayed clear lacquer on the shaded area right after I sprayed it with dye because the Rub N Buff is a lacquer & spraying it With the clear coat after the Rub N Buff is applied will cut the Rub N Buff & make it run.
After finishing the top & inside, chuck the bowl by the top with a cole jaw & finish turning the very bottom or pedestal & finish it with Rub N Buff. You may need to touch up the top when you’re done.
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"