Clavin Posted January 1, 2004 Report Share Posted January 1, 2004 Here is my curent "very complex" project- the lady of the lake on a DHC custom fretboard. The old shell dots were removed, the new inlay and ebony pieces added, and the radius is something compound 16 or so (maybe 12, I never check- jackson style? ) to 10 as you go down. The "lady" is really Dave's wife, Jeannie. He sent me photos of her in variouse poses, and I worked from them for the art you see here. Basically she was a model for the inlay. I still need to inlay the very bottom water ripples, the "magic" going out from her hands around the sword, and finish the engraving. I normally inlay everything at once, but I wanted to see how the ebony hole fill pieces would look after the initial inlay. I will blend them in after with the "magic" (gold, silver, gold/silver wire, some small shell) and you'll never know there was any holes plugged. Of course I can't go near the engraved areas with sandpaper, so it will take that much longer. Her right hand and arm is done, parts of the left are done, and drawn in with pencil, I will re-draw each engraved area untill I am happy. That could take hours. The hair is done, and the water is engraved around each piece to "bolden" the inlay. I do this with every piece normally. It evens out any slightly odd seams, and makes the pieces stand out a lot more as distinct. When done properly it does not implie "gap" at all. It blends everything together. The engraving you see here took already at least 5-6 hours. I am saving the face for last, as that may take up to 12 or more hours alone. Pics again soon. Craig Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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