|Project by Blake||posted 12-13-2007 10:57 PM||4753 views||6 times favorited||30 comments|
I have to admit, this project was inspired by Roger’s beautiful Hand Mirrors. But I had always wanted to make one and I thought it would be the perfect gift for my Tattoo Artist. Next week he will be expanding on a tattoo he gave me earlier this year. My tattoo will be a complete half-back (right side) when he is done. What you see in that third picture represents about ten hours of work. I am probably about about half way done.
He is an amazing artist, as you can see, specializing in traditional Japanese tattoo art. He doesn’t advertise, has a tiny sign which barely catches your eye from the street, and yet he is in so much demand that I was on a waiting list for more than a year before I could get an appointment. His shop is not like most tattoo parlors, it looks and feels more like an art gallery. Framed artwork by the artists lines the walls.
When he last worked on my tattoo I noticed that he had a very small, cheap, plastic hand mirror (along with a full floor to ceiling wall mirror). Not only was it difficult to see my back in the small hand mirror, but I thought he needed something with a little more character for his shop.
It is made from bird’s eye maple and purple heart laminated together. The maple has a subtle difference between the sapwood and heartwood. It was cut to shape on a band saw and scroll saw, as well as a lot of “whittling” with a knife and sanding on the edges. It is fairly large, about 16 1/2” long with an 8” round mirror. I spent a lot of time on the 6” belt sander shaping the profile. If you look at if from the side you would notice a gentle slope down to about 1/4” thick near the top and sides behind the mirror. This cut down considerably on weight and gave it a much better balance.
The edges/sides are airbrushed with red transparent paint. Finished with boiled linseed oil and three coats of General Finish oil & Polyurethane.
By the way, yes, it hurt.
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