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Captain America & Iron Man Lath Art

Captain America & Iron ManThere’s a folk art that was especially popular in the New England states called “Lath Art.” Basically, these folk artists would take strips of lath from lath and plaster walls and make pictures out of them. They sometimes will also recycle old lobster traps for the same purpose. Typically, the pictures were rural or nautical themed. However, I thought it wold be fun to use this old art form to make Captain America’s shield and Iron Man’s mask in honor of the recent release of Captain America: Civil War (Which was awesome, BTW).

Lath Art Work In ProgressYou can buy strips of lath at the home center, but I chose to make mine. I cut 1/4″ strips from 2×4. I left the saw marks in the wood and used my rotary tool to rough up the edges of the lath strips so they weren’t so crisp. I glued the lath strips onto some craft paper, leaving a small gap between the strips.

While the lath panels dried, I determined the direction the strips would run for each of the parts. You can use the direction of the lath to indicate detail, dimension, and movement. Once satisfied, I cut the pattern into parts and laid them on my panels.

Detail Shot - Iron ManI cut each of the parts out on the scroll saw. Again, I used my rotary tool to rough up the freshly cut edges. I really want these pieces to look rough and worn. I found it easier to add color to each of the pieces before I assembled the final picture. For the silver areas on the shield, I applied silver leaf. The gold areas on the mask I applied gold leaf. All of the other areas, I used standard craft paint.

Once the paints dried, I assembled the picture like a jigsaw puzzle and glued them into place onto 1/4″ backer board. I trimmed away the excess backer board with the bandsaw. Then I painted the edges and the backer to match the piece.

Detail Shot - Captain AmericaCaptain America is from the 1940’s. I wanted the lath art to look like they’ve been around for the last 70+ years. So I took some sandpaper and starting sanding away some of the paint. The high points tend to get the most wear, so that’s where I remove the most paint. To add some dirt and grime, I used some medium colored stain. I liberally brushed on the stain, making sure I fill in all of the crevices. Then I used a rag to wipe away as much stain as I could. This toned down the bright paint, and filled in the recesses with dark grime. Once that dried, I applied a layer of paste wax to the surface, then buffed it out. This gave a nice soft feel, and added a soft luster.

Captain America & Iron ManI really liked how the final pieces turned out. The gold and silver leaf add a nice little sparkle and the lath art has a nice folksy feel, but with a much cooler subject matter.

I built this project over several weeks LIVE from my shop on my channel over at Twitch. I stream every Sunday at 1pm Pacific time. If you get a moment, stop in and say hi. It’s a lot of fun hanging out and doing a little nerdy woodworking.




Category: Art, Geekery, Live Stream, Woodworking

Deadpool Scroll Saw Portrait

I started live streaming from my workshop on Twitch in their creative channel.  Twitch is a video game live streaming service where like-minded folks gather to chat and watch each other play games.  Not too long ago, they opened up a creative channel where Twitch members can show the stuff they make.  They do all kinds of things from pixel art, leather working, sculpting, digital painting and pretty much anything else you can think of.

I decided to throw my hat into the ring and stream some of my shop time.  My first project was a scroll saw portrait of Deadpool.  My wife and I saw the Deadpool movie a few weeks prior and loved it.  So I thought this would be a fun project for my first stream.

The project went well.  I cut the project over 3 sessions (Sundays at 1pm, PST).  I stack cut 3 pieces of 1/8” Baltic Birch plywood.  Normally, I don’t add color to my projects, but this one was screaming for it.  So the black areas, I used ebony stain.  The red parts I used a Sienna Red stain.  It took a few tries as it’s difficult to control the stain.  I used a wood burner to define areas and found that it helped contain the stain in only the areas I wanted.

It was a lot of fun and plenty of folks stopped by to check it out!  Now, on to the next project.  So be sure to join me each Sunday at 1pm, PST.

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Category: Art, Geekery, Woodworking

That of a Giant Sloar!

During the rectification of the Vuldronaii the Traveller came as a very large and moving Torb. Then, during the Third Reconciliation of the Last of the Meketrex Supplicants, they chose a new form for him, that of a giant Sloar! Many Shubs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of a Sloar that day, I can tell you!”  -Louis Tully [Ghost Busters, 1984)

This is a quote from Rick Moranis in the movie Ghost Busters.  It always cracked me up when he said “that of a giant Sloar!” in a way that we would know what he’s talking about.  The phrase is ambiguous enough in its raw format to make it sound strange.  But those who recognize the quote (many of my friends certainly would) would get a huge kick out of it.  So I thought I’d do a little paper-cutting of the phrase.

I really wanted a primitive/folk artsy feel to the piece similar to the way Hans Christian Andersen’s papercuts would have.  I knew I wanted the internal bits of the letters to be solid.  I also wanted a rough feel to the lettering.  So I drew out the design quickly with a sharpie marker.  Then I scanned it into the computer and cleaned up the lines with Inkscape.  I  had to shift a couple letters to make it balance better, but for the most part, the design is the same as the drawing.

I could easily cut the design by hand, but I wanted to use my new Cricut cutter.  So I imported my Inkscape file into SCAL and let the Cricut do the work.  I ended up with a really neat piece of papercut word art.  What will I do with it?  Heck if I know.  Maybe I’ll bring it into work and decorate up my dungeon office.


Category: Craft, Geekery