Friday, March 22, 2013

Custom scaled Swisschamp

This Swisschamp had the standard red cellidor scales. The previous owner had his name engraved in the front scale and I wanted to change the scales with custom ones. I ordered gold leaf and wanted to combine this on a Cambara hardwood scale. Gold leaf was something new for me and I must admit that I underestimated this process. My guess was that I could glue this sheet of gold on the engravement I made.... Man, what a mistake... It took me 10-15 tries to come close to what it should be. I'm not there yet, but for a first time... it looks ok. :) I used 24 ct gold leaf inside the swiss cross engravement and made an outline with black acrylic paint. I finished with 3 layers of yacht varnish... I love the fact that this could be done so much easier, but I chose for the hard way, and this gives it a bit more character... This is my opinion... I can assume that some people hate the design or finish of the cross, but I'm proud of what I've achieved...

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