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Old 05-04-2017, 10:55 AM
T.R.MacMunn T.R.MacMunn is offline
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Here's a bit of a "step by step" of a wedding gift for my niece, Erin, who is the "Jemima" my CAMaster is named after. She went off to university & it got her job ...........

Pic#1 .... on the router.... starting to cut the pocket with a .125" Tapered Ballnose

Pic#2 .... primer going on .... it'll have a dark background, so a tinted primer will let you cover it nicely in 2 coats, instead of 3 or more ( depending on the opacity of your background colour)

Pic#3 ... painting in the "ditch" that will be the outline around the lettering. Note that the background colour is in . You should always, if possible, work from the deepest to the top. This is not always possible, though ....

Pic#4 .... painting the ornament & once finished, the "inline" stripe , I'm using a #2 "chisel writer" for this. Most of the frustration with finishing signs, or anything, for that matter, is not having the correct tools for the job. Good brushes & the RIGHT brush will make a big difference in both time & quality.

More progress pics to follow.
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Old 05-04-2017, 11:31 AM
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Nice work there TR. I like the texture at the bottom of the sign. What did you cut that with.
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Old 05-04-2017, 01:48 PM
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Brian, that's from a .125" tapered ballnose, ran at 30* angle with a 99% stepover, & the next file at -30* with a 49% stepover . That look was more from good luck than from good judgement .... LOL
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Old 05-04-2017, 04:34 PM
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Pic 5 .... "doming" the letters with PB Resin.... an epoxy with a very high level of surface tension. These letters will be gilded, but I'm not sure what I'm going to use yet ( what karat or Palladium)

Pic 6 ..... Finished, except for gilding & the final coat on the border & back
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:00 PM
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Great solution on how to create the background. I think I would have first thought to make it a 3D toolpath but I am sure it runs a whole lot faster the way you did it. Good job on the trim on the letter edges too. Thats a funk thing to figure out at first. I once dove the bit too deep on the trim path around the letters and it actually looked pretty slick.
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:29 PM
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Thanks Doug. I routed out a couple of signs with Dan's sandblasted woodgrain texture. It took 1 hour to do what I can blast in a minute & a half,. as much as I'd like to do it all here, I don't care to hear a router running all day long. The CNC sure cuts sandmask nicely, though ....
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Old 05-05-2017, 05:58 PM
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Pic #7 .... sanding the domed epoxy with 400 grit. This will give the epoxy some tooth for the gold size to better adhere .......
Pic #8 ..... I decided on 19 karat Caplain Gold. Although it's only 19k, it's cut with palladium rather than silver, so its only serious enemy is chlorine. In other words, don't use it near a swimming pool. I "double gilded" it, & even at that, it only took 8 leaves, which is about $12 US. So yes, you can certainly make $$$ with gold leaf .
Pic #9 .... the finished product. I would sell this for about $425 US. I would think this "a pretty nice wedding present", if I might say so myself....

I obviously can't show all the steps in still shots, but I hope this inspires someone reading this to give gilding a try. It doesn't cost THAT much to get into surface gilding, & there are lots of applications for gold leaf .... signs, picture frames, etc., etc....
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Old 05-05-2017, 07:55 PM
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Your attention to details is amazing, TR, and your work is simply beautiful!
Thanks for sharing your talents and knowledge. Who knows...maybe one day
when I master basic "cutting stuff out" on my Stinger I may even attempt a nice sign.
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Old 05-05-2017, 08:49 PM
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TR i have said it 100 times before and after seeing this sign i will say it again. you are the man when it comes to signs.
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Old 05-05-2017, 09:04 PM
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I will second that Joey . The man is in a league of his own😀
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