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Re: Chon's Reflections

Postby chonchon » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:59 am

"Well, it's a good practice piece for me to keep my eye in", I said, "and I can use it for matchlock display days with no guilt about breaking it, and besides there's a slow typhoon passing right now making for a long rainy weekend".

The plan is to make a central peg out of some material that colour coordinates well, (not ivory) and to fill in the shrinkage crack somehow. This will mean removing the central disc/disk and shaving it down a little in order to reduce the central resistance to wood shrinkage, but this I know is only a half-measure.

The final decision will be whether to paint/stain the filled-in crack to make it relatively unobtrusive, or to go one step further and play with a raised, golden line of Kintsugi.
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Re: Chon's Reflections

Postby chonchon » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:07 am

So step one was the mekugi peg, made from best smoked bamboo (susudake). It will not break the bank, and it’s tough enough for the job it will perform, but not too bad to work with.

Now to attack that grain crack...

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Re: Chon's Reflections

Postby carlomagno » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:01 am

Great job Piers. Now, filling the crack and you have it back to life :)
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Re: Chon's Reflections

Postby chonchon » Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:40 pm

Haha, Carlo, easy to say, but difficult, no, impossible to do an invisible repair! :(
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Re: Chon's Reflections

Postby chonchon » Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:47 pm

In an ideal world I would maybe soak it and then... clamp it shut under tension until the gap closed completely... but then I could run the risk of another part of the donut splitting.

So the question still remains. Leave it filled but with an obvious black line, or highlight the mended crack. My daughter thinks it to be a waste of materials. I am tempted to go for it. Kintsugi here we come!!! :geek: er....
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Re: Chon's Reflections

Postby jbjtennyo » Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:11 pm

Kintsugi highlighted or enhanced repair is a great idea. I love it!-- The symbolic philosophy that when we are broken, and made whole again, the healed wound enhances the beauty of it -- changed but more beautiful. Go for it Piers! It will make a great composition - a lovely line coming out from the Peg you have created! Compositionally correct, I might add!
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Re: Chon's Reflections

Postby chonchon » Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:36 pm

Thanks Judy! First attempt then,
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Re: Chon's Reflections

Postby chonchon » Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:41 pm

Two further shots! :D

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Re: Chon's Reflections

Postby chonchon » Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:27 pm

Yes, I know, it looks pretty awful, but maybe better than before! I might go over the back with another layer...
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Re: Chon's Reflections

Postby jbjtennyo » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:13 pm

Sorry Piers, I got side tracked with a long phone call. It doesn't look pretty awful. I think it looks pretty darn good for a first attempt at this! Perhaps another coat of gold would help - and since the crack is a straight one, I would try and make the gold line as straight and even as you can. There isn't enough diversion from the line to make sense artistically, so I would just make it very straight--like a stripe of gold! You could set up some barriers with strips of tape along each side of the line, so that when you remove the tape, the edge of the gold is straight.Looking good! Good luck!
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