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  1. Glass/fiberglass splinters are even worse!
  2. Shell completed. This photo shows how the gold loose leaf is laid onto the carving. There's a sizing(glue) that's been applied and allowed to semi-dry before the leafing starts. I push the leaf into the nooks and crannies with a soft brush and then proceed to lay more leaf(usually smaller pieces) until the areas are covered. Here's the finished product so far. I'll apply more sizing to the other areas and repeat the above procedure. The leafing is now completed. I'll wait about 1 hour and then start to "burnish"the leaf. I still have to attach the shell to the plaqu
  3. That should read c = 2*pi*r OR c = pi*d
  4. Overlap should be seamless but given the various lighting and surface texture it may not be. When I'm looking at other's gilding work(especially older/antique work), I always try to see any overlap. In many cases, this shows actual gold leafing, as opposed to painting.
  5. Gessoing done on the shell and plaque. The next step is applying the sizing(glue) to the gessoed areas, waiting until tacky, then laying down the gold leaf The gold leaf I'm using is of two varieties. The first is a "PATENT" leaf that will allow the used to gild in the wind. The leaf adheres to a thin paper and is released by pressure onto the substrate. I've cut the leaf squares into 3 strips and will use these to apply to the rim of the plaque. I'll get 9 applications(9") of leaf per square. Using c=2 pi r squared you can calculate the number of strips needed. For my 12" plaque t
  6. Ready for paint/gesso/gold leaf.
  7. Plaque is turned, first coat of shellac/sanding done. Now, for the second coat/sanding, then onto the finishing process.
  8. I'm not really sure of the exact number of hours, because I work anywhere from 1-3 hours at a time, sometimes not doing anything for several days. My guess would be about 16-18 hours just for the shell. The plaque might be 1 hour. This time does not include any of the sealing/sanding/sealing/sanding/painting/gesso/sizing/leafing that goes into the finished project.
  9. Carving done, except for the minor touch-ups. It's amazing what you'll see in a photograph vs. what the eye can see. I got tired of "chasing" whiskers and did the preparations for the 12" plaque. I'll get this turned/finished tomorrow and then take everything downstairs for the prep/paint/gilding work.
  10. The fluting is coming along! You have to have absolute control over the razor sharp tools and I found that the "curl' of wood, coming off of the gouge, would obscure my layout lines, and then I would have to stop and clear them to proceed cutting. I'm transferring my shell to a smaller carving block in order to do the hinge area around the bottom. It's downhill for the carving now(I hope)!
  11. Getting ready to cut some flutes. This will be difficult because of reversing grain direction and cutting uphill and against the grain. Tools need to be extra sharp and the 'correct" sweep selected. I'm also working on getting the plaques ready to turn.
  12. Some progress made with the shell. Lots of small "touch-ups" will be made before this is finished. The rays have to receive their detailing.
  13. John, sizes are #2,3,5 in 15mm,35mm. Sometimes the #2-15mm will work for a #5-35mm. The smaller the chisel, the easier/safer it is to use.
  14. Cutting in the separations for the rays. The end cuts will be a challenge because of going against the grain and cutting up hill.
  15. Volutes roughly carved in and the top "step" has been set in. Now, to work on the rays.
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