Monday, September 12, 2011
The Dog Soldier
I'm not really sure just how many feathers are in his headdress...at least 150. I had originally placed about 130 and then noted a couple spaces hat could use some extras. Of course everything was already glued in place and as those feathers are longer than the drill I had to make an extended drill to get into the narrow spaces. I did this by using some brass brazing rod I had on hand. I think it was about 1/16". When inserting and anchoring them in place I was worried that regular carpenters glue would dry visible so I went to Lowes to get some of that dark carpenters glue. Evidently they don't make it anymore but I did find a new transparent wood glue that, after running a little test found that it dried completely clear and seemed just as strong as the other. I just might permanently switch to that type for everything.
One thing I think will be necessary for this piece is a display case. I had hoped to find a glass globe that would work but they were either to short or too tall but I did find a Plexiglas cube that should work so will go with that. Even with that I'll have to come up with some way to anchor it inside the cube to keep it from sliding should the cube get bumped.
This has been a very satisfying project and one that should really be a hit in Dayton, at least I hope so. There are more photos in the Gallery and as always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.