|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 04-26-2013 07:36 PM||1500 views||0 times favorited||28 comments|
This is a little experimentation into the “other world”. Actually I was given these pieces of Corain when I went to Illinois last week. There were two 6” round green cut out pieces that I’d thought I never use and a few large ones.
The green was just the right shade for an alien so this idea was hatched. The aliens are inserted, not just inlaid. They are the same on the front and back as are the eyes. I bought this inlay kit with the bushings and the 1/8” router bit and have never used it. This was a test. I made the inner and outer pattern in the corian about 3/16” deep. Then I cut it out leaving just a little material away from the pattern line. I used a straight router bit with a bearing to ride the pattern lines and routed the pieces to size just like they would be with the inlay for veneer. They dropped right in. The eyes are black corian and had to be hand fitted because they were too small to make with the inlay kit. They have a matte finish sanded with 400 grit. I was going to buff them up to a high polish but counters like that are high maintenance so I left them matte. You can easily sand out the cutting marks.
The other item is a picture frame made from some scrap pistachio wood. That wood is so pretty I cannot throw any usable piece in the burn barrel. Some of the voids and worm holes are filled with epoxy and ground turquoise dust. I made a pulverizer yesterday to smash the little pieces of turquoise I found this winter in AZ. There is turquoises, malachite and little azurite mixed in that dust.
The end shot shows how I textured the edge with a brass wire wheel. It makes it the same look from the sap wood to the dark broken wood on the top. The plastic inset just pushes right into a round blind hole in the face. It comes apart to insert the photo.
It is finished with several coats of clear matte spray.
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!