This is a project I designed for the CarveWright CNC company using Aspire to create a gracefully contoured box with a detailed deep-relief carving of roses arranged in a circular pattern around the lid. I used Aspire's 2-Rail Sweep to make 5 segmented box sections to be glued together. The rose lid design was created in Aspire by using the Copy Along Vector and Extrude and Weave features using the overlap and alternating component options (for the center circle of leaves).
After sanding and painting a white base coat overall, I used an interesting and easy marbelizing technique to give this all-wood project the realistic appearance of alabaster stone! I learned about this particular marbelizing technique over 20 years ago and originally used it for marbelizing small International Coffee metal tins as desktop pen/pencil holders. I understand similar methods have become quite popular for guitar bodies, pool cues, pens and even body painting!
I marbelized the parts by filling a container 2/3rds with water, then sprayed various shades of spray paint on the surface. Slightly stirred the paint film with a skewer to “swirl” then carefully (but quickly, before the paint film became too dry) dipped each part into the water. “Swept” away the leftover paint film from the water surface after each part was dipped so I could start with a fresh film of paint each time. The paint film adheres to the pre-painted surface and produces a very realistic marbelized appearance.
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if you want to watch a couple “EZ Marbelizing Effect" videos showing the process recorded in real-time!