Here in SoCal, there is an animal -- known locally as the stottle -- that frequents the tonier parts of town, often seen out and about in the afternoons and early evenings.
These creatures can be a nuisance sometimes, so some of us trendier Californians have started carrying small but effective weapons to bop them in the head with so we can keep them in line. California being what it is, we of course like to carry attractive boppers. Here are a few stottle boppers I've made recently.
Blue dyed buckeye burl
Gold dyed curly poplar
Purple dyed buckeye burl
Black and white pearl acrylic
Blue and black pearl acrylic
Clear acrylic with a porcelain rose
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The wooden ones are all stabilized blanks. They were sanded to 12000 Micro Mesh, then a couple coats of medium CA, then worked back to smooth from 320 to 12000 again, followed up with tripoli and white diamond buffs. Two of the acrylic ones were finished the same way -- minus the CA -- but the black and white one was finished a bit differently, following advice from a video I saw by Ed Davidson (YoYoSpin) on the Arizona Silhouette website. He suggests simply starting the sanding with wet 220 grit followed by wet 400 grit, then straight to the tripoli and white diamond buffs. I tried it, and although I spent a bit more time on the buffing wheels, the overall finishing time was much shorter, and I can't find a scratch, even deep in the coves. He uses this same sanding sequence for finishing the clear acrylic blanks, and gets an optical finish by the time he's done with the white diamond. I've been experimenting with the idea of using tripoli instead of the finer grits of sandpaper on a few other pieces. You'll all get to see how they come out.
Comments, critiques, and suggestions are welcome as always. Tell me which ones you do or don't like.