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    Please brainstorm some ideas on this project for me. I normally just stain, and this one makes me think that I should at least consider the colors.

    Please see the pictures attached. I was asked for a 1968 Firebird emblem, and I've included a progress picture on the project. As I'm nearing the end, (SOOOO much sanding to do), I'm pondering how to finish this. The wood is mahogany, and I'd hate to cover it up with paint. I was thinking of something that would lend itself to the color scheme without covering up the wood completely.

    Would you leave it bare (stained and sealed), or would you add color? If so, HOW would you do it? Is there such thing as a lightly tinted stain for the red? I've got a woodburner for the black if that seems like a good idea, but no tips that would give me a wide flat surface.

    I'm looking forward to hearing anyone/everyone's ideas. Thanks!

    Diana

  • #2
    There are some red stains out there as well as watercolor stains which will give you the effect you desire. Just be sure and do a test swatch of the same type wood before going forward.

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    • #3
      How about inlaying red and black veneers and then covering with epoxy? Another idea look at Zuni inlay jewelry on eBay, the chips are inlayed and then set in place with epoxy. Colored rock chips are available at some hobby shops.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dogcatcher View Post
        How about inlaying red and black veneers and then covering with epoxy? Another idea look at Zuni inlay jewelry on eBay, the chips are inlayed and then set in place with epoxy. Colored rock chips are available at some hobby shops.
        Oooh, this is an interesting idea. Also, it would not require those inside sections to be perfectly flat. (that's a struggle right now) Garnet chips and obsidian wouldn't be too hard to find here. Great idea!

        Keep them coming!

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        • #5
          Very well carved, but you definitely have to paint it. If you are trying to imitate that logo I would use some brightly colored acrylics with a semi-gloss lacquer finish.
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          Bob K.

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          • #6
            Thinking outside the box a bit here, but do you know a good body shop person? They would probably know the paint codes to match, and depending on how big it is, they might even paint it for you! I used to have an acquaintance that ran a body shop and also did custom work and was excellent with an airbrush. Might be good to check that out if you can or wish!

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