In Pusuit Of …. #1 completed – “Inlet”

She’s finished!

Well, she still needs an Orange Oil rub down to protect her (she is at the beach after all).

To help her get to this point I just had to follow these steps:

Well, actually, there were a few more steps involved, at various non-pictured times, that went something like this:

  • pour colour layer 3 – over fiddle AGAIN!
  • wait 24 hours
  • pour clear layer four
  • wait 24 hours
  • remove the sticky embrace of the plasticine – be happy that no resin seeped out
  • turn her over and look at her back – be happy that only minimal resin seeped under the acrylic backing
  • remove acrylic backing sheet – be happy that it released so easily
  • remind self to weight down wood better next time so no resin seepage occurs
  • spend some time admiring the back – colours and “worm” pattern are lovely
  • regret that the front is not as nice as the back
  • admire the back again
  • Unmolding - Inlet - Huon Pine & Resin Serving Board (12)
  • take some photos that won’t do it justice, but you have to try
  • stop procrastinating and move on to unmolding her
  • remove layers and layers of tape – be happy that the tape did, indeed, keep the resin where it was supposed to be
  • remove the screws at each corner
  • say “there IS always one” as the last screw refuses to unscrew with the power drill
  • get a hand screwdriver and give it a twist, and it comes undone easily!
  • use the tip of the screwdriver to wedge the frame open in the corner
  • easily remove the four frames – be happy again that the tape didn’t stick to the resin
  • remind self to get more tape
  • trim off the little bits of resin that went under the frame
  • take more photos (because you are so impatient) even though you know she still needs a lot of sanding to finish her off properly – especially her back
  • go out to the wonky workshed and get the sander out – make a mess of resin dust everywhere
  • wish again that you had a dust extractor system, and a proper workshed, but then be grateful that you have a space where you can do this messy stuff – even if it is a wet, gravel floored garden shed!
  • come inside to the kitchen and get the hand sandpaper out – spend the next hour hand sanding from 400 to 12 000 grit
  • accept that your back and arm are not going to like you later
  • apply abrasive paste and polish and hand buff some more
  • take more pictures tha tyou will have to edit later – and probably discard ’cause they don’t look good enough when compared to the real thing in front of you
  • fall in love a little
  • be happy

15 thoughts on “In Pusuit Of …. #1 completed – “Inlet”

  1. Ruth 15/04/2020 / 10:24 pm

    Oooh, that worked beautifully! πŸ™‚

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  2. wdfyfe 16/04/2020 / 6:42 am

    i love the impatient bits. I know exactly what you mean. cheers

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  3. Brian Lageose 16/04/2020 / 1:55 pm

    This turned out splendidly! And I was once again just as enamored with your documentation of the process as the process itself… πŸ˜‰

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Christi 19/04/2020 / 7:03 am

    Ah, that’s beautiful! And I bet your arms are getting stronger and stronger in the process. πŸ˜‰

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    • Claudette 20/04/2020 / 7:44 pm

      Actually it wasn’t too bad at all, must have been the contemplative way i was sanding, instead of my normal frenzied “i dont want to be doing this” way.😜

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