The Dragon JMP/SLP headshell build, maybe... Hopefully...

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  1. Geeze

    Geeze Silver Supporting Member

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    I have long been fascinated by HH Giger's geometric patterned fingers/tentacles - he did the conceptual art for Alien. I attempted to bring that flowing pattern to an amp shell for the 2018 Dallas Guitar show.

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    While it pushed my wood skills further I was not happy with the 2D sorta flow of that design. So I've contemplated using 1.75" x 1.75" thick curly maple cut into semi random triangles to have the wood figure 'follow' the curves of the fingers/claws. Oh yeah and in 3D.

    I finally sketched a concept solid enough that I felt compelled [this is a pathology] to jump off the design cliff.

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    Maybe even an eyeball powered by an LED or some such crazy thing peeking between the fingers.

    So 1.75" x 1.75" thick curly maple

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    Random planning of angles

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    Angle cutting fixture

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    Mainly between 30° and 45° - no reason just experimenting

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    Glue up was a challenge and I won't bore you with all of the setups but the last one.

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    Which is currently drying for shaping tomorrow.

    Insanity never sleeps...

    Russ
     
  2. Geeze

    Geeze Silver Supporting Member

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    Finished glue up

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    After about an hour of shaping with an oscillating drum sander

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    I get the shapes I expected but it doesn't look like much figure made it through. So on to black dye to hopefully pop any figure that survived

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    Which I'll sand back and hit with another color and then contemplate the next move which may be to find maple with more figure.

    Russ
     
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    Amazing work !!!
     
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    Geeze Silver Supporting Member

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    Serendipity [or sheer dumb luck] happens even though the design concept fails.

    I hoped for the curly figure to follow the curves - nope. But the way I sanded as I shaped it gave me an option. Lightly sanded back on the black dye with 220 grit

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    Then hit with RIT scarlet dye

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    I liked this the best so far, but of course I had to go too far with steel wool which muted the scarlet too much. And worse still with gloss lacquer.

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    So at this point I have more of a plan - first I need to plot out how the four fingers need to flow and the angles needed for that. Figure out how to sand in the geometry that looks like sinew/tenons and scales.

    Find some ebony like wood I can polish then coat in a gloss finish for the claws. Then minor details like how the fingers transition from the sides or 'appearing' from the back. I'm itching to cut the rips in a face plate I think that will sell the dragon concept - OK, I think they will look cool...

    Russ
     
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    This is a really cool thread! Can't wait to see how it turns out :D
     
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    Geeze Silver Supporting Member

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    Resanded, dyed scarlet and lacquered.

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    More of what I am looking for, for now.

    Russ
     
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