How to - Make a Scabbard (proper) Pt.7
Aesthetics, brass, and screw-ups.
When things were going so well; Part 6.
Ok, it’s not that bad. I’m just lamenting on mistakes that were made.
So this is intentional. But it hurts as an artist to have to remove so much of the final product to make room for more. I keep telling myself; Eventually it will look good again. Perhaps that’s why I was procrastinating so much. I just didn’t want to see it in such a state.
So, how and why did it come to this?
First off, I am laminating brass onto the raised parts and I must get the paint off to have it adhere properly. Glue on paint is never a good combination.
Because I have a random orbital sander this was pretty much easy, quick work. However, if you do not have one you can use a paint scraper (shown in the top left) and scrape away the paint until you at least get to the primer.
Sand with a rough sandpaper so you create a good surface and you’re done.
The next step is to ready the brass. Or the first step, I’m not the boss of you.
Some people might be tempted to grab the original file and print, cut, and transfer the line art already there. There is a huge problem with this. If you remember the prior steps with the 2d-3d shape adjustments to make these raised edges you know what I’m talking about.
Instead, get a piece of paper and use it to transfer the shape.
This is an exact copy of the piece I need to make the brass laminate for. Cut it out, and trace it onto your brass.
These sheers I purchased are a little pricey, but they multiply your hand power making metal easier to cut. You can’t do these with scissors.
I do want to point out how I’m cutting this brass. If you notice the flat edge of the scissor blade. It’s pointing towards me (the camera) so that I can see the line. This makes it much easier. Additionally; paper moves freely, when you cut curves and corners something must give. So the brass piece bends and warps as you cut. It’s ok.
In the above picture (but I didn’t take a picture of me using it) is an HVAC metal bending tool. It will help bend pieces but does cost quite a bit for as little as I use it. Instead I found that a crafting jewelers mallet works much better.
This next step is solely to save your fingers. Grab 400 grit sandpaper and sand the cut edges. They have sharp burrs and edges and will cut you.
The piece is slightly larger than it needs to be, which will be good for the next few steps.
Glue! Glue is important and I have more varieties of glue than I ever thought possible. JB Weld is a metal glue that works and bonds with metal and wood. I watched some you-tube videos and found that it has the best long term effect.
JB Weld works like a two part epoxy, you mix them up and spread them out. It takes 15 minutes to set so you have plenty of working time.
Spreading it out, it will soak into the wood and bond with the metal. If you make a mistake on the placement or need to pull up the brass and redo it (like I did 3 times) you can do it in the first 4 hours.
I tried to keep the brass in place with super glue. That doesn’t work very well and reacts poorly with the JB Weld. The problem I kept having is that the brass would drift as it stuck to the wood protective piece.
After it sits for 15 minutes you can check it and make certain it’s aligned properly. The slight overage will allow for some wiggle room and will be trimmed up later.
The look of all my failures! Some glue bled out, but it’s mostly even. It will need to be resurfaced but that was going to be part of the finishing process anyway. You can see the superglue failures and the wood that stuck to the brass. I went over it quickly with a file to check it’s evenness and that resulted in the scratches.
Ok, so I’m really just whining over some minor nitpicks here, but I wanted it to come out looking better.
A huge HOWEVER; the brass folds over at an angle. We need to make certain that’s flat too. Yes, clamps. But clamping at an angle is a pain.
I have some wedges (shunts) cut from another project. So some wood scrap and problem solved. But not everyone has wood scraps cut at an angle.
Introducing solution 2;
Rubber bands and a dowel rod.
These steps will be repeated until all faces are covered in brass.
Aside from the gluing mishaps and learning curve; I forgot that this particular piece had a brass nub (dome) that is right in the middle. I had a different process to get that in place and it was a mechanically functioning one. Oh well, toss that idea, I have to come up with something new.
Anyone know why tumblr is automatically rotating my pictures?