Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bones and Horns (Horn - something special)

March 3/26/2017

Time to make: 2 hours
Finishing: .5 hour

...and now the final slide in this long journey.

When thinking about the last slide, I thought this would be a good time to both finish the Whittlin Jim slides and transition into other Slide of the Month projects along with my own versions.

This slide features a ram's horn I got from Petco that just fascinated me in the beauty of the contours of shape and color. I have also recently been experimenting with some decal paper so I thought of the idea of combining them both. I cut the horn to shape, using a bandsaw, being very careful not to cut all the way through on the sides. The shape of the horn lends itself as a natural neckerchief loop. I then sanded a smooth spot in the center for the decal and sanded the edges. I have my Troop's logo and printed it to some white Blinggasm decal paper using my inkjet printer. I then covered the decal with three coats of clear acrylic spray paint. A hint here, the paper is about a dollar a sheet so plan ahead and print several decals at once or cut the page into photo sized pieces (if your printer will take it) to minimize waste. After the coating dried overnight, I cut out the decal and placed into water into for a couple of seconds until the plastic decal loosened from the paper backer. I slid the decal onto the horn and made sure there were no air bubbles under the decal. A sweet slide if I do say so myself!

One addition note, when working with bones or horns, try to do it outside as cutting or sanding these items stinks to high heaven.

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