The Phoenix is ready :)

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by bmatras, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. bmatras

    bmatras New Member

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    Finally finished. Stained it a little bit and gave it 5-6 layers of poly. The technique I used was to give it 4 layers of matte poly-coat, let it dry properly, and then dip it in a gloss poly. That's right, DIP IT. Gives a thick, even coat, which brings out the grain very nicely. Plus, no brush strokes, no smudges. <br><br>Sadly the 'poly shower' <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"> I gave my slingshot was a bit too viscous, and there are some blemishes like but nonetheless I think it came out great.<br><br>Take a look and tell me what you think <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> (or link to imgur alternatively: <a href="http://imgur.com/a/EL941#0)" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://imgur.com/a/EL941#0)</a><br><br><img src="http://imgur.com/a/EL941#0" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://imgur.com/a/EL941#2" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://imgur.com/a/EL941#4" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://imgur.com/a/EL941#3" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://imgur.com/a/EL941#1" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://imgur.com/a/EL941#5" border="0" alt="">
     
  2. Gimbal

    Gimbal New Member

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    Wow, very nice dip! Looks great! How's it shoot?<br><br>(embedded images did not show up for me. I had to surf)
     

  3. pelleteer

    pelleteer Middle Aged Delinquent

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    Yep, no embeds for me either, but the direct link works fine. Nice! Beautiful rich color on that one.
     
  4. zamarion

    zamarion New Member

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    indeed no embeds here either <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"> but hooo shiny <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  5. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    This baby has risen out of the bath of Poly! lol Very very sexy and sleek and simply, some of the best qualities... I like poly bath also...
     
  6. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    looks good, the dip is a good idea
     
  7. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    Beautiful. I am pretty sure that one shoots great. Good job <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15">
     
  8. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    Dipping is great, but I have problems with poly and bands...
     
  9. bmatras

    bmatras New Member

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    <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> Thanks guys! I haven't actually shot it yet because the poly is still drying. Supposedly takes about a week! (it still smells of poly so I guess it should dry some more before I put the bands on). BTW, is there really an issue with the band attachment on poly? My grooves are actually pretty deep so hopefully it should hold <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><br>Anyway thanks for the positive response and I plan on making an improved Phoenix and some metal slingshots (the W in wood or in metal, and the FIMO grip one). <br><br>Until then <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15"><br><br>Cheers!
     
  10. pelleteer

    pelleteer Middle Aged Delinquent

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    I've not had problems with band slippage on polyurethane finishes (if that's what Ryan was referring to), but like you I make my grooves very deep. A deep groove combined with a good tight wrap should keep things in place just fine. If a problem does for some reason arise, you can always carefully sand the grooves and leave the rest smooth and shiny.
     
  11. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    I just find the bands cut into the poly on the frame. Never had slipping, if anything too much bite!
     
  12. JoergS

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    A strong rubber band fork attachment, combined with the OTP method, requires no grooves at all and never slips even from glass like finishes. <br><br>If the rubber cuts into the poly, then either it isn't dry enough or you should change to a different product. My poly surfaces are very hard.
     
  13. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>JoergS wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">A strong rubber band fork attachment, combined with the OTP method, requires no grooves at all and never slips even from glass like finishes. <br><br>If the rubber cuts into the poly, then either it isn't dry enough or you should change to a different product. My poly surfaces are very hard.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>In my experience with dipping frames in poly ... perhaps my poly is too thick... or tainted in some other way...</span>
     
  14. sotiris

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    a really thick coat will need about 4-5 or even more days to harden properly.At least that is what my experience with yacht varnish tells me.
     
  15. pelleteer

    pelleteer Middle Aged Delinquent

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>sotiris wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">a really thick coat will need about 4-5 or even more days to harden properly.At least that is what my experience with yacht varnish tells me.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br><br><br>Definitely. Where I live it's very dry . Even at that a thick coat of poly needs several days to setup. If you live in a more humid area, I'd say give your item a week before you attempt to use it.</span>
     
  16. Fluffy

    Fluffy New Member

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    That thing is gorgeous... Well done.