Introduction: Wooden Suncatcher

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I saw this wood lying at my sister’s house and wanted to see what I could make out of it, and wooden suncatcher came to mind.

Step 1: Sanding My Wood and Materials Needed

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The wood had been siting out in the elements for years so the top layer was in bad shape. I started by sanding the top layer and any loose bits off with 80 grit sandpaper. I used a cedar stain; I love the red colour it becomes after the varnish is applied.

Materials Needed

  1. Wood
  2. Set of hole saws
  3. Set of spade cutting bits
  4. drill
  5. epoxy Resin
  6. Colour pigments
  7. stain and varnish

Step 2: Pick Your Design

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I went with a circle design so it would be easy to cut out. This was the design I found on Google, but I must say from the off it was a bit small, but because I had started I had to finish it. I printed off the design and used carbon paper to transfer the design over to the wood.

Step 3: Cutting the Design

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Once I started cutting out the holes, I could see this design was the wrong one for this project. It was too small and the holes started to blend into each other, so would recommend the larger holes and truth be told they look better too. I used a set of spade bits and hole saws to cut out my design which was very simple. Once my first design was cut out I used paper and a pencil to copy the spacing to duplicate the design at the bottom. I lay the paper in position and put the hole saw over the paper and hit it was a hammer to mark the hole position. Once all my holes were cut out it was time to add the epoxy resin. I would have been happy to leave this project here, it look great in my garden. But I wanted it to be a suncatcher.

Step 4: Add Tape for Resin

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I had read on other posts that used epoxy resin, that you can use duct tape to seal up the holes to hold the epoxy resin in, and used a hairdryer to make the tape adhesive attach more. I did try this and sad to say it did not work for me. All my resin leaked out between the tape. I found this tape on the right in my husbands tool box but not sure what it is but it worked perfect to keep the resin in. (So if anyone knows what it is please let me know, Only says PPC)

Step 5: Mixing Epoxy Resin

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I used 2:1 epoxy resin and some colour pigments to add some colour to the epoxy. I mixed one 500ml batch; it is easier than trying to mix lots of smaller ones. Then I split the resin up into small tubs and added a few drops of colour and poured it straight into the holes. What I learnt with this, is that less is more, only pour a thin layer. The light shines through better. I left it to stand for 24 hours until hard.

Step 6: Make a Stand

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After 24 hours I removed the tape and added 2 coats of outdoor Varnish. To stand the suncatcher up, I used posts that I had previously used to support a baby tree and used U clips to attach them to the wood.

Step 7: Suncatcher

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Now all I have to do is find a nice sunny place to put it.

Comments

patty0108 (author)2017-11-05

Where is the picture of the tape?

AnitaH25 (author)patty01082017-11-06

The tape is in step 4 it is a n aluminiun tape used to seal pipes so I have been told.

ChrysN (author)2017-10-22

Nice, that would look great in a garden.

AnitaH25 (author)ChrysN2017-11-06

Yes it would!

K B (author)2017-10-31

I love it, but have some questions and assumptions. How thick was your piece of wood? . I assume you drill the holes all the way thru the wood and then pour the epoxy in thru the back? . The outdoor varnish goes on after the epoxy is dry, so does it go over the epoxy, or do you try to paint around the holes? I do a lot of birdhouses, but this looks like a fun (and different) project.

AnitaH25 (author)K B2017-10-31

My wood was up to 3cm at the bottom, and yes I drilled all the way through or the light will not shine through the holes, be carefull not to fill to full or make the ink to dark or the light is not so good. My centre ones were a bit thick so not much light comes through. But we learn from our mistakes. And yes i put the varnish over the epoxy, I have done this with success in the past.

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