Introduction: First Dance Sculpture
I was asked to create a commemorative piece for a couple who are getting married. I decided to make a sculpture of their first dance with their names and the wedding date woodburned onto the base.
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Step 1: Picking the Wood and Drawing
- I picked a nice piece of Jatoba wood I had in my shop as the wood to sculpt the couple from.
- I wanted to sculpt the couple from one piece to signify the joining of the couple on their wedding day.
- I decided on a silhouette type of style for the sculpture.
- I drew a basic outline onto the block of wood to give me a guide line to aid in keeping the shape of the dancers as I remove material.
Step 2: Jigsaw Work
- I only have basic tools in my workshop,I cut to the lines I had drawn using my jigsaw.
- The best way to do this would be with a bandsaw but I don't have one so made do with the Jigsaw.
- Jatoba is very hard,cutting this with the jigsaw was a long slow process for me.
Step 3: Removing Material With Mallet & Chisel
- After making lots of relief cuts I used my mallet and chisel to remove chucks of wood
- To remove the wood between the dancing couple I used a small drill press with some forstner bits.
Step 4: Rounding the Figures
- I used an angle grinder with sanding flaps to round out the shapes of the couple.
- The discs I used were 60 and 80 grit.
- You will need to wear a good dust mask and eye protection while using the angle grinder and sanding flaps
- If possible do this outside or in a well ventilated area if you have no dust extraction system.
Step 5: Making the Base
- I used my Mitre Saw to cut a nice smooth face on a round ash blank I had.
- This would be the sculptures base
- I will woodburn the couples name an wedding date on the cut face.
- I sanded the base to 800grit before woodburning.
Step 6: Woodburning/Pyrography
- I printed out the inscription and used carbon paper to apply the lettering as a guide for woodburning
- I used danish oil to seal the base when finished the lettering.
Step 7: Refining the Shape and Applying the Finish
- I used a carving gouge to refine the shape of the arms, the females hairline and the legs to create areas of shadow to add depth the sculpture.
- I spent a lot of time sanding this project by hand from 120 grit up to 800.
- Next I applied a polyurethane spray finish
- I added 6 coats of finish sanding between each coat
Step 8: Join Base & Sculpture & Youtube Video
- I joined the base to the sculpture by drilling two holes for screws up through the bottom of the base.
- I joined it this way so its easy to take apart in the future to refinish it.
- I made a YouTube video of this scuplture for my channel BCDesign Please watch & subscribe!I hope you enjoy my Ible and video!
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