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« Topic Start: September 04, 2007, 07:33:07 pm »

I only pay attention to things that make themselves heard, and, I came home with both a wand wannbe and a staff wannabe. Current theory has one to be tamarack, the other, is, oak.

So, I'm just curious, any thoughts, suggestions or comments?
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« Reply #1: September 04, 2007, 11:12:43 pm »

I only pay attention to things that make themselves heard, and, I came home with both a wand wannbe and a staff wannabe. Current theory has one to be tamarack, the other, is, oak.

So, I'm just curious, any thoughts, suggestions or comments?

Which one wants to be the wand, the oak or the tamarack?

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« Reply #2: September 05, 2007, 10:24:10 am »

Which one wants to be the wand, the oak or the tamarack?

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Tamarack

The oak is definitely going to be a ....my-warped-and-twisted-version of a staff - it has character lol
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« Reply #3: September 05, 2007, 02:28:08 pm »

Tamarack

The oak is definitely going to be a ....my-warped-and-twisted-version of a staff - it has character lol

So are you looking at what to do with them particularly? And besides asking them (coming from one animist to another Wink ) Perhaps you could do inserts of stones you like or are attracted to, or carvings of some sort?

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« Reply #4: September 05, 2007, 04:12:16 pm »

So, I'm just curious, any thoughts, suggestions or comments?

If you're looking/feeling to do some carving I've both seen and done some wonderful runic inlays with chalk pastels and 5 minute epoxy.  Essentially you rub the pastel on sandpaper to reduce it to a fine dust and mix it with other colors to create a relistic looking powdered stone.  Mix the resulting chalk blend with 5 minute epoxy and then spread it into your carving so it's completely filled in.  Toothpicks and popsicle sticks work well here.  After it's dry, 24 hours or so just to make sure it's nice and hard, you can sand it down so it lays nice and flush with your surface.  You'll need to use fine sand paper to avoid making the surface clouded.

I'm not sure if I have any examples around still.  It's been awhile.  If I find any I'll try and get a pic posted.
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« Reply #5: September 05, 2007, 04:16:27 pm »

If you're looking/feeling to do some carving I've both seen and done some wonderful runic inlays with chalk pastels and 5 minute epoxy.  Essentially you rub the pastel on sandpaper to reduce it to a fine dust and mix it with other colors to create a relistic looking powdered stone.  Mix the resulting chalk blend with 5 minute epoxy and then spread it into your carving so it's completely filled in.  Toothpicks and popsicle sticks work well here.  After it's dry, 24 hours or so just to make sure it's nice and hard, you can sand it down so it lays nice and flush with your surface.  You'll need to use fine sand paper to avoid making the surface clouded.

I'm not sure if I have any examples around still.  It's been awhile.  If I find any I'll try and get a pic posted.

Now there's a thought to chew on, thanks Smiley
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« Reply #6: September 05, 2007, 05:00:21 pm »

If you're looking/feeling to do some carving I've both seen and done some wonderful runic inlays with chalk pastels and 5 minute epoxy. 

I thought about getting some gold paint and trying something like that.  Would it work well you think?

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« Reply #7: September 05, 2007, 06:16:34 pm »

I thought about getting some gold paint and trying something like that.  Would it work well you think?

I don't see why not.  Essentially you're just using 'colorant' to 'dye' the epoxy.  I suspect that you'll have to experiment with the ratios of paint-to-epoxy.  I figure that the paint being a liquid, and having some sort of base itself (whether oil, alcohol or water), it'll change the consistency of the epoxy differently than the chalk pastels will.  You might actually have better luck with glitter or something akin to it.

I get the idea you're going for here: a kind of gold inlay.  I've been wracking my brains trying to think of some sort of powder that would give you better results.  I can think of other mediums than pastels: Rit clothing dyes, tempura paints, cake decorating powders... and while I have some vague memory of a gold powder (other than the real thing) I can't think of anything that would give you a liquid gold consistency for this application.

Ah!  Got it!  If I recall correctly, it's a finely ground gold powder used in faux finishing.  I remember seeing back when I worked in an art supply shop.  As that was years ago I have no idea who the supplier was but at least it's an idea to work with.
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« Reply #8: September 05, 2007, 06:23:42 pm »

Ah!  Got it!  If I recall correctly, it's a finely ground gold powder used in faux finishing.  I remember seeing back when I worked in an art supply shop.  As that was years ago I have no idea who the supplier was but at least it's an idea to work with.

Thanks!  I will look that up.  It is for something in the works.

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« Reply #9: September 05, 2007, 06:41:11 pm »

So, I'm just curious, any thoughts, suggestions or comments?
I'm of the school that thinks good wood is its own decoration, so about all I'd be likely to suggest is sanding and oiling.

I am, though, laughing.  If I'm not mistaken, it could have been a lot more than two hunks o' wood that you hauled home.

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« Reply #10: September 05, 2007, 06:44:47 pm »


I am, though, laughing.  If I'm not mistaken, it could have been a lot more than two hunks o' wood that you hauled home.

Sunflower

*looks extremely innocent*

I got two home without a single comment from himself. That'll do Wink

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« Reply #11: September 05, 2007, 07:00:39 pm »

I'm of the school that thinks good wood is its own decoration, so about all I'd be likely to suggest is sanding and oiling.

That's how my main staff, eucalyptus, is finished.  Well, mostly.  I used a butane torch first to create a thin layer of char on the outside surface (ok, why did I feel the need to specify the outside?).  I then sanded it down so that it has streaks of pale wood showing through the black and oiled it with linseed oil.  From there I've sewn a leather grip to it and added a leather 'sock' to the top to hold a crystal.  This staff really doesn't like the idea/image of having anything carved into it.  It even reacted negatively to the thought of brass nails when I wanted to put a leather footer on it.  Oddly enough, it didn't mind the torch at all...
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« Reply #12: September 10, 2007, 05:34:57 pm »



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« Reply #13: September 10, 2007, 05:44:55 pm »


Kewl...  For me, staves have always needed some sort of 'dangly' be it a scarf, feathers or a rope of charms such as you have there.  I couldn't say why it just somehow adds to their personality.

I like what you've done here, Purple.
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« Reply #14: September 10, 2007, 06:00:01 pm »

Kewl...  For me, staves have always needed some sort of 'dangly' be it a scarf, feathers or a rope of charms such as you have there.  I couldn't say why it just somehow adds to their personality.

I like what you've done here, Purple.

Thanks Smiley

 It's not finished but those are the bits and pieces that have been waiting around for the right chunk of wood - it's a new version of something I had once before (though this is a much nicer chunk of wood) - colours and symbols are different because this is a new time, a new place and a new life, but the principles are the same. (Clear as mud I know lol)

(And, I had to explain exactly what I was doing to the person who walked in while I was in the middle of it. Shocked )

Unfortunately now I have a short, but very specific, shopping/hunt-up/find list...... ho hum.
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