Paisley Royale refin

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  1. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Strat-Talker

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    If this funny-looking stratocaster refin is not welcome here on strat-talk, let me know. I'll cease and desist. Summer before last, I got a crazy idea. I painted an allparts tele body silver, picked up a thinline guard, and chopped it down it out to fit a regular tele. My goal was a pink paisley telecaster of a very different flavour.

    I've been trying to figure out a way to do what I want to do. And admittedly, my experimentations weren't working so good, so after a bunch of fails, this project became uninspiring and just sat on the shelf taunting me for over a year, while I worked other things. Such is life.

    However, a month ago, I hitched up my britches and started again, with some new ideas, and deep resolve to move the ball forward. I have paper cutouts here, to plan my fresh take on a sort of pink paisley telecaster

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    Crazy as it may be, my goal here is a paramecium / amoeba top laid out totally in small glittery glass rhinestones. What could be more gaudy / showy, and over-the-top sparkly than a Paisley Royale?
    I dunno. This is 100% why it has to be done.

    In anticipation, I had already purchased approx 15,000 synthetic gems in various colours, pinks, greens etc. Come in small bags of like 1,400 or so, normally used in the ladies nail decoration business. Super sparkly/glittery for the size. But, finding a way to make them stick to the silver metallic paint to my satisfaction was a major hurdle. Just not enough tooth, after various types of glue tried. Another major hurdle which soon arose early during the process, was the simple handling and placing of the gems. They are super teeny, and my eyes ain't as good as I though no more, my fingers all-too fumbly. Pick one up, then go to set it home, and you find it disappears into nowhere. How do they do this?

    I mean, look at these little buggers! A dozen of them fit in a 1" line, so just slightly larger than 1/16th inch ea.

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    Finally, for them to stick, I figured I'd just lightly brush the receiving surface with a wire brush, and give it a light coat of glitter glue. This seemed to give the surface enough "tooth" for decent glue-grab. Then, the search was on to find an adhesive that would allow me a enough working time, before I would find myself throwing my hands up in frustration as they would stick practically everywhere I didn't want them too... That took some figuring, even though the answer was practically right in front of me.

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    Now years ago I did a guitar once in much larger dollar store sticky plastic rhinestones which came in convenient strips, so a bit of the learning curve was solved for me on this, the basic "how to". As I found, the first job is to get all the basic outlines of the body set, work your way all around the hardware (trying to avoid anything sticking to it). Once that is done, then you can fill in towards the middle.

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    Tedious work. I would be embarrassed to reveal how many hours went into this. But, patience is a virtue and I've been picking away at it an hour or two here, and hour there.... By my estimation, this double row around the outside in light pink took somewhere around 900 stones, each one individually placed. But, once you get all the outlines safely done, then it starts to get more fun.

    Now the pattern of the paisley will the biggest challenge, but the real fun part too!

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    Again, if this sort of project thing is unwelcome here, let me know.
     
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  2. FrieAsABird

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    Wow, thats some dedication right here! I personally love the amount of effort and work you put in there, and you are the one that should love the look, not us :) So if you’re happy, that’s all that matters, and you can really pat yourself on the back for this epic piece of work :)
     
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  3. bobalu

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    I'd love to see pics of the final product! That is some patient work there, good for you! I have a Brad Paisley Telecaster (no gem stones though) and love any sparkle finish. Carry on now, and post more pics as you progress. :thumb:
     
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  4. TVvoodoo

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    Thank you @FrieAsABird
    I was just worried the extra stratty people might not appreciate this here
     
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  5. Willmunny

    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    You have bedazzled your guitar!
    Looks interesting.
    Not my cup of tea, but right on my friend
     
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  6. TVvoodoo

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    @Willmunny, prefer you referred to it as Bad-Asselled LOL!

    Worked this morning on 'er for a bit. I am finding that it takes me about an hour per paisley "buta" as they are called. Good thing I'm not in a hurry.

    Couple of things slowing me down are getting the needed gems right side up so I can grab them, then actually easily picking them up. A helpful fella noted there's an actual tool for grabbing these things, a sort of pen type thing with a sticky (maybe staticky?) end. Experimented a bit to find just a shaved down popsicle stick, with a dab of moisture on the end, grabs theme up pretty nice, and is super helpful in facilitating accurate placement

    Haven't found a way to get them all right side up yet for easy grabbing. There are special trays that do this for rhinestones with pointed backs but these have flat backs. For an adhesive, I'm using a product used in craft/jewellery-making, even dentistry... UV activated resin/glue. Dries pretty hard and clear under UV light, otherwise stays wet and workable. This gives a fella an ideal jewel placement window, and takes the all panic/rush out of the equation. I'm working on about one square inch at a time for the most part.

    I have this small UV led pen tool... for pressing them down individually

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    and this larger 6 LED light for a larger sections and a good long cure time



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    Got the lower bout done last night and am now working on bits around the control plate area.

    I can see I'm going to run out of white stones... seriously underestimated how many I'm going to need... have already ordered more. I had 3,000 of them. I ordered another 4,500. No big, they cost about $2.50 for a bag of 1,500

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    Sure wish the glitter translated via photos. I'll have to do a vid sometime and post it.

    They seem pretty secure. The edges are going to need extra resin attention to smooth them off. I'm thinking once I have all the designs in place, I will just paint the whole thing with a final layer of the resin, and cure that, to help lock everything down and smooth it all off a bit more. It's not uncomfortably rough, because these are really tiny stones, and I'm not looking for a glassy finished top. Just want to protect them from damage and accidentally peeling off.

    In hindsight, I think if a fellow did a shallow router carve into the top of a guitar, even a dremel in, particularly around the edge, may have been a better way to go. In fact, if a fella did the whole thing, route the whole top down about 3/16ths of an inch, except around the control plate, bridge, pick guard parts, you could just pour resin over everything to lock it down. This way you could get pretty close to a glass smooth top.

    Lots of guitar refinishers are working with the chemical mix epoxies or this UV resin for fabric tops etc. I knew a fellow on another forum who was finishing tops with this method, routing down 1/4" or so then filling the space with beer bottle caps, and pouring to fill with clear epoxy resin
     
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  7. Willmunny

    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 for bad azzdazzled lol
     
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  8. TVvoodoo

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    First off, happy Thanksgiving to my American Brothers and sisters.

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    Also want to give a quick shout-out to my brother Rob over at Vintage Music in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. I took some wares of what i do "professionally" over to him last week, he was interested! Actually, the last round he picked up from me, well, he says me he done pretty good on them, so was eager to look at more. One of the fellows that works there talks up one he bought pretty good too, so he tells me. His store is only one of three stores featuring my work in person, along with Stang Guitars in Edmonton, and 5-Star music in Cold Lake, Alberta

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    Anyway, Ol Robbie had a time picking out some out of what I brought, left four off to the side. Said business was a little slow for him to take any more. That was when I spied a something real attractive hanging on the wall way in the back of the store. He noticed the hypnotic GAS affect it had on me, and well, let's just say I left the store with a Korean Hamer DC flamy sunburst, a small profit, and a big smile. He's gains some unique local handmade stock for Xmas, everybody happy!

    Makes sense to me to give a nice deal to these Mom + Pop fellas, so there's some meat on the bone for them to make a profit. I get a bit more exposure to shopping musicians for my handmade goods. I have a lot of stock right now too, should be paring down. Anyway, if you are ever in the area, go meet him and check out his shop... he's got real nice taste in gear, if leaning towards to the "aggressive"side, if you know what I mean.

    The Paisley Royal project continues, as I get time for it, here's a little video sneek peek if you're following
    I'm putting more still photos up on f-book

     
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    Last night I completed all the base paisley shapes with at least one row of gems. Decided to reconfigure my design a bit for maximum "paisley dance" on the upper back bridge plate requiring me to remove some of the white double border crystals. I now can say with confidence these stones are attached to this surface REAL DAMN GOOD! And, when they are all one solid mass, even quite a bit stronger yet, I figure.

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    Now my approach will be to fill each of the shapes in the same sort of scheme I've established. Going to lay off filling outside with the white stones 'til the others ordered come in so I can mix them all together in one batch just in case the new ones end up a bit different in colour or size.

    Going to make a few more of the little floral elements between the paisleys, probably come up with one more sort of fill element for a more interest adding on to the larger butas. Need to resist the strong temptation to add a bunch more colours such as purple / yellow / blues. I think it's best to stick with a theme. It's nutty enough already... no need to make it even more so.
     
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    I can dig it!!!
     
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    Got a couple hours on it today. General progress shots.

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    So far I have not yet suffered the involuntary giggling like a 13 year-old girl, but a slight giddiness has been detected more than once.

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    Another key concern is probably soon the Tone Police are gonna get wind of this operation.

    Probably can expect some guitar forum do-gooder will squeal on me.... "How can that tonewood even breathe under all those rocks and goop?" He'll exclaim on the National Tone Abuse Hotline

    "It's a dang guitar TRAVESTY! He's slowly smothering that poor thing to DEATH! This here is a telecaster outrage and this man MUST BE STOPPED!"

    Soon, the battering ram at the door, search and seizure warrant
    Cease / desist order, maybe even the dreaded cuffs and leg-irons.

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    Frankly right now, I see this as a race against time, but I might just be a little paranoid.
     
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  13. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Mighty impressive!

    Been wanting to bedazzle a squier strat but, do not have the patience! o_O

    Might use bigger rhinestones for a star theme.
     
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    Good idea, go easy on yourself with larger stones for the main parts especially. The more detailed the art the smaller stones you need
     
  15. Leofender

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    Cool project... Beats the hell out of basket weaving, huh?
    I loved the video, where the true sparkle-arkle-arkly nature of the stones.
    Keep going... It's a huge investment!
    Question, do the colours effect the tone at all... Because your project will now join the controversy over tone woods on electric guitars! :p
     
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    You know, placing those gems is kind of like basket-weaving or, maybe knitting or something. A bit therapeutic. Put on some good tunes, crack a beer and just go.
    As far as tone? Well, have you ever heard of the magic of vibrating crystals? Yeah, I think you have. Freaky-deaky.

    Could be when this is thing is done, may have to make myself a special kind of strap so to keep it from gettin' away from me what with all the lively frequency waves and paranormal supernatural tone waves shooting out of 'er. Just a theory in my head anyway. You can be damn sure I'm going to be very careful when I first plug it in, might actually be dangerous, sterilize my nuts or something worse.

    Rough sanded and painted the headstock on this spare stratty neck I had kicking around. Just did a quick paint coat with a small brush. Too damn cold to spray up here now. Good enough. Neck has a vintage-aged orange poly on it and huge railroad tie frets. I'll need to scotchbrite the backside, but it's gonna to be kind of cool.

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    Then,I sort of designed a logo for it, playing around with the waterslide paper. Back when I was real serious about refinishing guitars, and making logos for other folks on the forums I bought like fifty sheets of this waterslide paper. Anyway, over the past number of years I forgot the proper print settings so I've been having a bit of trouble getting a crisp ink drop on the paper. Plus could be my printer is getting pretty long in the tooth. At one time I had it all down. Maybe I took notes somewhere, should look

    Obvs, these look like poo resolution wise, but certainly good enough for sizing/placement purposes. I'll get it figured out soon enough. Still got a lot of gems to place here anyways.


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    The "fun" part is going to be getting a level surface where I want to drop waterslides. That might take some doing, but it has to be. Placing gems around the post washers is a super PITA. Don't get me started.
     
  17. Leofender

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    WOW, man I reckon you are making a great piece of art D object! This thing could actually go viral!
    What about STARCASTER
    as a name... The gems certainly look like stars as they catch the light on the video you shot!
    This project is literally a unique and special creation, and it really articulates personality plus.. it's going to be great to see the.way she goes.
    You could drill out the body to keep the weight down by the edges, as it's a full 50mm on the edges. Plenty of meat on the bone there to team out.