The Experiment

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Project by diggerdelaney posted 01-08-2016 06:15 PM 1889 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I have managed to complete a experimental bowl with hopefully has the bubble look.

I believe it is maple and the inner bowl shows some quilting pattern. I have been wanting to get down to playing with different colouring techniques and this is one of them.

The bowl is 7” X 2”

A quick how to

The rim is sanded to 600grit and then a sander sealer is applied this helps stop bleeding of the stain, blue stain is applied to this. Once every thing is dry I took an eye dropper and dropped spots of water of different sizes and in a random pattern.
I used car automotive paint in the rattle cans one white and the other black.
Starting with the white and at a very low angle just slightly above horizontal I sprayed a very fine mist over the whole rim, changing to the black and rotating the bowl 180deg and repeat the same process as the white.

DO NOT tilt the bowl at any stage and also don’t get too close when spraying the black and white paint otherwise the bubbles will move.

This now need to be left until the water has dried fully and another DO NOT touch anything as you still can smear the paint even though it is dry. Give it two or three light coats of varnish again from a spray can I found Acrylic gloss spray was great, this has now sealed every thing in.

Return the blank to clean up the outer edge from any over spray and turn the inner bowl.

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#1 posted 01-08-2016 06:46 PM

Wow! Beautiful effect. Your pictures are like an optical illusion, you have to look carefully to figure out whether it’s concave or convex. Cool!

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#2 posted 01-08-2016 07:33 PM

cool bowl love the effect but give us a little more info on what you did to achieve this look very nice.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 01-08-2016 07:48 PM

Really nice. How did you do that rim?

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#4 posted 01-08-2016 07:57 PM

DITTO to the above… beautiful bowl, but we wanna know how ??? :-)

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#5 posted 01-08-2016 08:06 PM

You’re having too much fun Derek :) it looks good

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 01-08-2016 08:13 PM

Thank you all have added a brief “how to” to the description

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#7 posted 01-08-2016 08:16 PM

You shoulda got your Patent BEFORE telling us how, because this will be copied a BAZILLION times !

Thanks for sharing!

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#8 posted 01-09-2016 04:43 AM

I had to read that twice before I figured out what you did. You are a genius for figuring that out. Are you considering doing a video?

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#9 posted 01-09-2016 04:49 AM

That is a stunning effect Derek! Beautiful work.

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#10 posted 01-10-2016 01:42 AM

Love these projects that have a 3D effect, you succeeded!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#11 posted 01-10-2016 07:14 AM

You experiment has pulled top prize Derek…Well done sir!!

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