Colored Butterfly inlay

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Project by SisQMark posted 02-23-2012 03:00 AM 1452 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my latest creation, a butterfly inlay in a piece of cherry wood. I used 5 min epoxy mixed with some colored pencil lead shavings. This really serves no purpose but just to look at. I glued a piece of walnut to the back & put some felt on the bottom. I finished it with a few rounds of tung oil after sanding it to 400 grit. I cut out the design with my dremel tool & my X-Acto knife. This stands about 3 1/4” X 3 1/4” & 1/4” material. I really kind of stay with the smaller projects because it’s hard for me to lift the bigger stuff due to my back being messed up. But I make due, it’s still fun to create stuff, I hope you all like it. Thanks for looking.

Here is a few pics of the epoxy that I used for those of you that are curious.

I believe this epoxy is made by Devcon. I hope this helps.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 03:04 AM

This give me a wonderful idea for the boxes I give away to parents of SIDS, Still birth, and Miscarriage.
Thank you

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 03:14 AM

I’m glad to hear that you can use this idea for such a noble cause. Any time, your welcome.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 03:22 AM

Beautiful work Mark a outstanding work of art,love the design.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-23-2012 04:30 AM

That looks really nice, I have I nice place in the house for that if you want me to study it, say, forever??? LOL. Seriously I like the design and the cherry you used looks great.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 02-23-2012 05:01 AM

Thanks guys! Of course as with most of my projects, Impounded by my wife. She liked it enough to display it in the living room. I’m glad it is well received.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#6 posted 02-23-2012 11:19 AM

Like the idea, very nice

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#7 posted 02-23-2012 11:32 AM

Great colors Mark. I would have never guessed the colored pencils would turn out so vibrant. Once the kids are off to school I’m raiding the art supplies. LOL.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 02-23-2012 12:06 PM

very spiffy project. this would look gr8 incorporated in a box top or somethin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 02-23-2012 01:59 PM

Beautiful job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 02-23-2012 04:14 PM

Very nice, the epoxy inlay is excellent

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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#12 posted 02-23-2012 05:12 PM

Great work, and good colors too. While looking at your butterfly projects I was reminded that my 18 year old granddaughter is actually afraid of butterflies, the live ones, not pictures or representations of them. I don’t make fun of her about it because even though she knows it isn’t logical, she still fears them. Here is a link in case your interested in this curious phobia.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 02-23-2012 06:10 PM

Thank you everyone for the nice comments, it means a lot to me.
Joey- Sneak them a few at a time, they’ll never notice. Your post made me laugh, funny thought.
Roger- That is exactly what I’m planning, You know, great minds…..
ALL- this really hardened well, I was a little sceptical with the lead but dried great!

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#14 posted 02-23-2012 07:29 PM

This is really a neat project ! How does the epoxy sand off? Is it really hard and I am assuming you just use no load sandpaper???
I really want to try this !!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#15 posted 02-23-2012 07:37 PM

majeagle1- I just use my belt sander/disc sander combo (Craftsman) to sand the epoxy smooth with the surface of the wood. The belt is 80 grit, & the disc is 120. Then hand sanding down to 400 grit. It sands easy & fast. Good luck with your project.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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