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One of a kind-Butterflies in flight

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Project by kimosawboy posted 05-30-2015 05:36 PM 1547 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this piece and I will admit that it took a lot longer than I thought!!!!
Butterflies (all 33 of them) are 3/16” maple that has been ebonized, then topcoated with a satin polyurethane.
Backerboard is a nice piece of maple that I did not have much use for but worked great for this.
Measures about 50” overall.
Enjoy

G Vavra





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Northwest29

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#1 posted 05-30-2015 05:58 PM

Very creative, as well as interesting and attractive project. Nicely done. What was your process for ebonizing the maple?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 05-31-2015 12:53 AM

Love it

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#3 posted 05-31-2015 03:57 AM

For the ebonizing I usually use the steel wool/vinegar solution but I found that it did not get the maple nearly dark enough, even after a few coats. I ended up going with a MinWax satin in ebony. Sanded to 180/stain/dry light sand 220/stain again/light 220 sand..polyurethane x 2 with light sand between.
I did want the grain to show and I found that 2 coats worked well, applying a third coat just made it to dark.
Thanks G Vavra

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#4 posted 05-31-2015 11:58 AM

Absolutely beautiful! Not to mention, very creative.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#5 posted 05-31-2015 05:51 PM

lovely! do you mind if i borrow your design?
are the butterflies compound cut or glued together?

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#6 posted 05-31-2015 06:57 PM

That is a great conversation piece. Nice work and congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 05-31-2015 07:55 PM

A beautiful piece showing a lot of imagination!
Good workmanship to boot.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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kimosawboy

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#8 posted 05-31-2015 08:01 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments…
Nayo… All the butterflies are glued together using gorilla glue. I think I did three different angles for the wings, 10 degrees 22.5 and 30ish degrees, gave a more realistic impression of flight.

G Vavra

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#9 posted 06-01-2015 12:55 AM

This is really cool! I’d like to make something like this in the future, but different colors on the butterflies. No offense intended.

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Northwest29

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#10 posted 06-01-2015 05:28 AM



For the ebonizing I usually use the steel wool/vinegar solution but I found that it did not get the maple nearly dark enough, even after a few coats. I ended up going with a MinWax satin in ebony. Sanded to 180/stain/dry light sand 220/stain again/light 220 sand..polyurethane x 2 with light sand between.
I did want the grain to show and I found that 2 coats worked well, applying a third coat just made it to dark.
Thanks G Vavra

- kimosawboy

Thank you for the details, I give that a try.
Ron

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#11 posted 07-05-2015 12:38 AM

That’s pure beautiful! Nice creatives!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#12 posted 08-20-2016 10:39 PM

Wow Really Love this project , You have great vision and skill well done. Hey 500 points and a Gold Star.
Regards Bazza.

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#13 posted 09-08-2016 10:38 AM

Out standing!
If you keep looking at it the wings start moving makes it come alive.
O! and love the one white one, nice touch.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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