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Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 12-05-2013 04:10 PM 1295 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah Muzny

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12-05-2013 04:10 PM

This may be a new idea or someone may of thought of it before. So here is what’s up, I was looking at some fluorescent rocks that well glow under a UV light/black light. Is there a finish you could do to make things glow to add uniqueness to a particular piece? Like I made a bowl or something on the lathe, could I make streaks through it with some finish that would glow? Or fill the cracks like a stone inlay but with fluorescent rocks? It was just a wild idea I thought would be fun to try. Anyone coming up with any ideas on how that would work, would it work, or how to do it? Does it give you any other similar ideas?

Pictures from the web of various rocks-

The rocks in regular light:

The rocks in UV light:

What do you think?

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#1 posted 12-05-2013 04:13 PM

I think it’s a great idea and you should try it. Maybe some of those rocks can be crushed and set in cracks with clear epoxy?

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 04:24 PM

I will try it, not sure if I will get to it soon but I will eventually. Best case scenario, it works and I learn. Worst case scenario, I just learn! Sounds like a win either way.

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 04:29 PM

Great idea and attitude! Don’t know any reason Joe’s suggestion wouldn’t work. Please make sure to post pics when you do get one done.

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#4 posted 12-05-2013 04:32 PM

You can buy glow in the dark powder and inlay it in cracks with CA glue… it should fluoresce in UV light. I might have to try it someday.

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#5 posted 12-05-2013 04:32 PM

done this with turquoise and some corral

biggest problem is sanding
the stones tear up the sand paper something fierce
or dimples the wood around the stones

best to put the stone work deeper
and cover with epoxy that sands easier
but then you don’t get the smooth stone look
just the rough stuff under the epoxy

can’t hurt to experiment

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#6 posted 12-07-2013 01:27 PM

Wow, what an awesome idea! I’m thinking fluorescent paint mixed with some material to fill the grain, then sand off the top. I remember reading somewhere about someone making oak look like John Deere colors – green and yellow. They mixed paint with joint compound (sheetrock mud) and spread a thin layer over the oak board so it got down into the grain, then sanded off the excess so the color was just left in the grain. Then somehow they stained the face of the wood the other color. It looked AWESOME!!!

You might think joint compound would be too soft to use as a wood filler, but in some cases it can work well. Years ago I used it on a project to fill in wood grain on a project that would be PAINTED. Two layers of paint sealed it well enough that it held up very well – in fact, still looks great after 15 years of abuse from kids! I used premixed joint compound out of the bucket, but the kind you mix yourself is harder, especially the 15-minute stuff, although it’s extremely difficult to sand. I don’t know how well it would work with other finishes, but maybe this gives you some ideas on things to play around with.

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#7 posted 12-07-2013 09:50 PM

Sounds like a great way to add some visual interest to a piece.

A thought that I had….

As opposed to grinding or crushing the stone, what about slicing the rocks thin (think of a coin), and then inlay them. That is, if there is an interesting pattern hidden within the stone!!!

I look forward to seeing the outcome of your “experiments”!!!

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#8 posted 12-08-2013 02:07 AM

Titebond makes a fluorescent wood glue. You can use the glue lines for the glow effect you’re after.

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