Step 5: Advanced Laminating
I'm only including this section because this happened to me. after making my first mudguard and test fitting it on my rear wheel, i figured out a way to have my mudguard go as one piece all the way around my rear wheel. but now i have made my forms too small for a mudguard that long. not to worry. there is no need to go and make a new one, and in some ways this way works better than when the form is the "correct length." however, this method does require at least one very long bar clamp.
Essentially, i did everything exactly the same, except had the ends of the mudguard stick out on either side of my form, and then used one long clamp to pull both ends
towards each other, following the curve of the form. one thing to note is that the mudguard aught to be centered on the form, i.e. with the same length of fender sticking out beyond the form on each end.
I decided to make one fender with a more complex pattern. the top layer will still be a racing stripe pattern, but it will be interrupted by slanted dashed lines composed of alternating light and dark parallelograms. (pics coming soon if you cant visualize it).
This is where you an get really creative, and come up with something unique and tailored to your tastes.
If you end up with a complex pattern that is hard to keep organized, you can stick all of the pieces onto a piece of tape for the entire lamination process.
As far as i know, this has never been done before! so i have no idea about how well the lamination will stay together with all those separate pieces. i made this with bits of extra wood, after i had made all the fenders i needed. so if it breaks, i have a replacement anyway.