Saw Blade Sign – Midway in the Project

I have a Pinterest board called Jo’s Projects with 219 pins.  My featured pin is a painted saw blade by Zachary Smith.

Old saw blade before being cleaned.
Old saw blade before being cleaned.

I decided to try my hand at a similar painted saw blade. I prepared the used blade here.

The proprietor of the rope belt factory.
The proprietor of the rope belt factory.

This blade is slated for our carpenter friend who always jokes (in a deadpan way) about his rope belt factory.

My design for "Bespoke Rope Belts"
My design for “Bespoke Rope Belts”

I made a full-size design on paper and then transferred it to the blade with carbon paper.

Silver Sharpies detail the blade with a pale but visible mark.
Silver Sharpies detail the blade with a pale but visible mark.

It left a clear outline on the saw blade which I enhanced with silver Sharpie.

Oil-based liquid white.
Oil-based liquid white.

Then with a small can of Bob Ross’ “liquid white” and a skinny brush I painted over the letters. Since I couldn’t finish at that time I picked up the blade and smeared the paint.

The liquid white goes on easily but also smudges.
The liquid white goes on easily but also smudges.

Sheesh! The lettering was pretty much ruined so I wiped it all off and cleaned the blade again with finger nail polish remover.

After the paint sets up I'll give it a second and may third coat.
After the paint sets up I’ll give it a second and may third coat.

The next day I started again.

SawBlade

I’m not sure how long the liquid white takes to dry but it definitely needs a couple more coats and some detailing.  Maybe, as I practice, I’ll get steadier.

Do you have a summer project? Or are you taking a trip?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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