Monday, February 1, 2021

Slide of the Month - Dental disaster

February 1, 2021

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1 hour 

Boy's Life Jul. 1983, p. 72 

Original design:  Fritz Hines 

So with Covid-19 still a thing, a lot of dentists in our area have decided to retire instead of instituting new equipment and safety procedures. The ripple effect of this is long waits to get an appointment with existing dentists (once they opened again). I have gone a little over a year trying to get a cleaning or exam. So this might be a good time to present to you the Dental disaster.

Carved from a large hunk of maple, the lips were formed with a rounding over method and a lot of sanding. The teeth took shape with simple v-cuts and the missing teeth were made by removing the wood from that area. A 3/4 inch hole was bored for the neckerchief to pass through. When it came to painting the slide with hobby paints, I wasn't particularly careful as I wanted to show ragged gums and tooth decay around the missing teeth. I didn't think of it till just now but I should have used a yellow wash over the teeth too. (Might have to go back and repaint it sometime down the road.) Anyway, a couple coats of poly finish it off.

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