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Topic: Though your sins be as scarlet...
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Oct 2, 2002 11:22AM)
I made my own HOT ROD out of some basswood and faux jewels purchased very cheaply from my local craft store.

Instead of multicolors, I have all red stones (from Isaiah, "Though your sins be as scarlet...") transform to all clear stones ("...they will be white as snow"). Many patter possibilities here.

The craft store also had marker-like pens that would stain the basswood into my choice of colors.

I used glue stick to attach the jewels.

After staining the wood, I brushed on some Future floor polish to shine it up and protect the wood from getting dirty. Perhaps there's something more permanent than Future.

Also, it was easy to find the right shape stick in basswood (balsa wood is way too soft). It comes in lengths from which you can make a few of these, if you wish.

Message: Posted by: Payne (Oct 2, 2002 03:29PM)
Nice idea for a routine. You might want to consider using a better glue than glue stick (unless your talking about hot glue) to affix the jewels as it is water soluable and might loosen in humid weather or in a warm pocket. Some epoxy or gel superglue would be more permanent. As for finishing and protecting the wood a several applications of a good shellac works well. If you wish it to look old then use orange shellac as it gives a good faux age finish. Other than that there are several self finishing stains on the market that give a good durable finish and these are available from any good hardware store. You would probably want to finish the wood before applying the jewels.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Oct 2, 2002 11:34PM)

Thanks for the advice!

The reason I used the glue stick was for flexibility - once I put the jewels on the bar I need to be able to move them around a bit to put them exactly in the right place. I'm sure, however, that there are better alternatives than mine...it's just what I had.

Thanks again for the advice - particularly re: shellac.

Message: Posted by: BroDavid (Oct 8, 2002 05:42PM)
I agree with Payne, Chessmann, that is a nice basis for a good routine.

And it's good to see a creative use of your HotRod making skills.

Good thinking!

Message: Posted by: sdgiu (Nov 20, 2002 03:34PM)
That's a great idea Chessmann, two ideas for you. A good glue for attaching anything to anything is called "Gorilla glue" It is a polyeurethane glue and therefore waterproof, (I don't know, in case you have to perform underwater sometime.) anyway, it won't let go, and the Wal-Marts around here have a very small bottle of it (not cheap though). Or, you can get "Barge Cement" also good for attaching anything to anything, at your local shoe repair shop.

Now for the finish of the wood, as Payne said Shellac is a great choice, and has been the standard for years, but it takes several coats. Another finish to consider is "satin polyeurethane", it leaves a nice hard finish usually in one coat. Whether you use the Shellac or Poly, make sure you read and follow the instructions on the drying times, I made a real mess of an otherwise very nice project because I was in a hurry.

I have been working on some ideas for Hotrods too. I had some nice wood scraps and am planning on making several, and was wondering if anyone else has some ideas for good variations.

I will definitely use your idea,

"Instead of multicolors, I have all red stones (from Isaiah, "Though your sins be as scarlet...") transform to all clear stones ("...they will be white as snow").

Chessmann if you don't mind.


P.S. On the Gorilla glue, make sure you attach the top back on tight, or you may only get one use out of it. I squeeze as much air out of my bottle as possible then use a clamp to keep it out. (frugal is the word.)