|Project by RussellAP||posted 326 days ago||634 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This is a lesson piece. I learned a lot on it.
The maple was holey and I couldn’t turn the inside more than a couple inches without risking the whole thing exploding.
I filled the holes which went all the way through one side, with Elmers Wood Filler. I left a depression so I could inlay the rocks. This was done entirely with Thin CA. I think it works better and certainly faster than medium CA.
Given a choice, I’d not do this to soft maple again, the turquoise is very hard and the wood is very soft so sanding makes it uneven to the touch, kind of wavy.
I wanted a light blue cast to the whole thing, but it refused to take an even stain. I had to sand it out several times.
The finish is dewaxed shellac, one coat. After it dried, I used a 1/3 mineral spirits with shellac to give a french polish. It’s only about 50 coats so not really a french polish, but it looks good enough.
All in all it is not what I wanted, which begs the question, should I want, or should I just strive to get the best a piece has to offer?
Thanks for looking.
-- Mom always said, "you can do anything you put your mind to." The older I get the more I realize she was right.