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Project by Mark Wilson posted 09-19-2019 11:15 PM 892 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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A bit of my Silver Maple.

This Thing was on my lathe for more than week. I hate it when that happens. I got so hung up about the finishing, because I had so much trouble sanding it to my liking. It happens a lot. Even with pens, sometimes.

Anyhow, I finished it today. Just now.

And, another thing. I mixed some of this

into WOP, on the outside. I really expected to see more pearlescence in it. It says right there on the jars, “Pearlex.” And it looked very Pearly mixed into the WOP. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll try it with resin, sometime. Something to do with the suspension of the pearly stuff in the vehicle, I’m thinking. I finished the inside and the bottom by simply sanding to 600, and hitting it with YG.

For all the disappointment I feel in the finish, still, you gotta dig that spalting, huh?

And, here’s what else I did.

Yeah. I signed it. For what it’s worth.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-20-2019 12:38 AM

Very cool, Mark!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-20-2019 02:18 AM

Very attractive in an ancient artifact unearthed relic rustic antique kind of way. So where did you get the pigments? I might have a use for some of those – I like the way they enhance the wood instead of hiding the grain. Also glad that see you signing your work – it will make things so much easier for the future art historians.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 09-20-2019 03:09 AM

I like to see the results of new ways to finish wood, keep at it Mark!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 09-20-2019 03:13 AM

I love the thought and effort you put into this Mark. I’m with you as far as being completely satisfied with project sanding sometimes. Nice work. As far as seeing any pearescence effect mixed with your poly, you get the same effect mixing with epoxy. So EPOXY speaking, in order to get the pearl effect you want you need a coat on there at least 1/16’’ thick. 1/8’’ and the effect really shows up. Thin wiped on or spread out coat gives very little or nothing of the effect. It will not show up with just a wipe on coat. I also found this out with those glow in the dark tints. A thin coat had no results but after a few coats of epoxy I started to get it to glow. Remember these are results with epoxy but I’m guessing it will be the same no matter what it is mixed with.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 09-20-2019 04:55 AM

Quite unique shape and colour

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 09-20-2019 08:47 AM

Thank you all.

John: Hobby Lobby, I think.

I got this stuff thinking it looks kinda like Alumilite, only a lot cheaper.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 09-20-2019 01:58 PM

Love the touch of color!

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#8 posted 09-20-2019 02:27 PM

beautiful bowl buddy love the color and rustic shape.ive used pearlex mixed with resin to make pen blanks before,a lot of cool things you can do with it.nice work as always.

-- 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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#9 posted 09-20-2019 07:54 PM

Mark’s got his MOJO on! Murphy can help if we listen to his lessons. I learned something from Dave just reading the comments. Onward. Get a branding iron with your logo. Mark it’s your work and every artist is full of “what if” doubts! You do good work sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 09-20-2019 11:09 PM

You’re really branching out into the artsy fartsy world of color. I like it!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 09-21-2019 09:14 AM

Thank you, Tom. But, I think a hand-done signature carries more gravitas.

The pearl-essence is somewhat evident , in person. But, naturally, a shimmering effect cannot be captured photographically, unless it’s really profound. I do see it in other peoples’ pictures, of course. Otherwise, how would I know what I’m after? See: Any number of Jim’s Things containing Alumilite, for example.

-- Mark

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