|Project by SchotterWoodworking||posted 07-09-2011 02:54 AM||2549 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
I got started on this little cedar birdhouse a while ago and haven’t had any inspiration on how to finish it. I just had a bit of a rough day at the cabinet shop and decided to hit up the booze emporium for some hard cider and some Belgian wheat beer. There was a pair of young women there covered in the most intricate tattoos I had ever seen. I asked them about them and they called them Henna tattoos. They’re actually painted on the skin and not injected with a needle, which makes them as easy to remove as a good scrubbing. After some serious research I discovered this whole culture of henna enthusiasts. I was stunned at the level of detail and intricacy of these henna tattoos. I had to give this a try.
I did some hardware work, the chain and door hinge, then grabbed the wood burner. It is a good idea to try and avoid getting too close to the fumes as they are a bit acrid. a fan nearby, but not directly at you, will help a lot. I have a bit of an unsteady hand with the burner so I vised a narrow board in the bench vise to act as a kind of arm rest. I used every tip that came with my wood burner trying to find something that worked for every situation. I think it is best to switch out, with the help of some needle nose pliers, and be dynamic with the technique. No one style seemed to work for every burn. I think I’m going to leave this one raw and not finish it. Maybe some linseed oil, but I kinda like it as it is.
(Kinda looks like my birdhouse got a little wild on spring break!)