Ghost Crabs at Dawn

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Project by Cookie posted 09-20-2009 02:00 PM 1797 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I love the beach, shells, and crabs. They are fun to carve. I added a Mole Crab diggng in the sand, (I love those, we played with them a lot growing up) This is Poplar, 17 3/4×12 1/2×2. Carved using a Dremel, some Acrylic paint for a little color. I finished it with Polycrylic. Its Satin finish but seems like too much of a shine on this piece. Too late now :) Any suggestions on how to avoid shine in a protective finish?

-- Doris Oakwood Ga

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#1 posted 09-20-2009 02:41 PM

elegant wood art. love the unmentioned human touch in the footprint.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#2 posted 09-20-2009 06:15 PM

I love the piece and especially the naming of same. I too have spent an inordinate amount of time watching Ghost Crabs, catching and fishing with them also! I know there was a lot of time involved in sculpting this piece. The sand looks great and the gloss finish, simply keeps the area wet for the little crabs enjoyment. Congratulations on such a beautiful carving.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#3 posted 09-20-2009 06:35 PM

Very nice Cookie, I spent a lot of my youth on Gulf Beach and you captured it perfectly.

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#4 posted 09-21-2009 01:44 PM


It is never too late to change the final finish on your carving. For instance lets say you apply three coats of finish and you want the final finish to matte. You can apply 2 coats of high gloss finish and the third coat can be a matte spray on lacquer. Only the final coat determines the finish. I prefer to use a spray on matte lacquer for the final coat on my carvings. It is always a good idea to test the finish on some scrap prior to applying it to the project.

Oh and nice carving!

-- -...(insert inspiring phrase /quote)

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 03:51 PM

Very cool!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#6 posted 09-21-2009 04:01 PM

Your carving looks great. I have not done any carvings myself and am a bit jealous.

You can apply a final coat of matte or satin finish and that is what it will show as.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 09-21-2009 07:07 PM

WOW this is crazy cool, I love it..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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