Monday, December 5, 2016
2017 Christmas Ornament
I found next year's ornament early on and so I have already started cutting it out. This year the wood is pine. I have had problems in the past with blow out and chipping on the back side. I had some 1/8" hardboard so I decided to put a backers on the stacks in hopes to minimize the chip out. It worked, but I had these ornaments of thin board. I could just throw them away, but I decided to practice on them. I wanted to try something else in my air brush other than shellac. I found some pearl gold air brush paint at a local craft store. I used 1/2 a bottle on the nine ornaments. Looking back, I do not think my settings were correct. The paint was a lot thinner than than shellac. I should have dialed back the amount of paint going through the nozzle. They turned out ok. The paint was not as consistent as I would have hoped, but that is my fault.
This weekend was not as optimal as would have hoped. I had a lot of finishing to do and several projects are presents. This was the last finishing day I had before they needed to be shipped out. While I was setting up in the morning I heard a loud weird noise. Looked around and did not see anything out of the ordinary and continued to set up. The neighbor across from us was setting up for a yard sale and came over. He asked if I knew there was a downed power line in our yard. Upon inspection there was a downed line in our backyard. The live end was in the neighbor's yard, but my yard was still off limits. We went and did a couple of things as a family. When we came back, the wire was cut back but not repaired. Good news was the power was still on. So I started my finishing. Half way through my first coat the power was cut. They estimated it would be turned back on at 8:30 in the evening. I used what air I had in my compressor to clean my air brush and clean up. Now I have to figure out how I am going to finish these presents in time.