I am still looking at this tin box, with the piece of leather I cut to fit flush set on the bottom, along with a Celtic medallion that would be fun to tool, and thinking, “Why not?”
I was told the leather will kill the sound.
I’m thinking the leather might change the sound, maybe take some of the tinny out of the box.
I do not want to cut the lid or the lip, so a neck would need to ride along inside the bottom, in one side and maybe just butt up to the opposite, so I can screw something on that end to hold some strings. A hole for a jack. Sound holes? Maybe.
IDK… I’m still thinking. It’s been years.
Well, the earth did not shatter… and this guitar (photo below) needs some help. The wood on the front of the body is damaged beyond repair. It was layered like plywood and the top layer, the veneer, was peeled off. This left the front of the guitar too thin, too weak, and too flexible for even my use as a mosaic base.
I started strengthening that surface awhile back, brushing on thin layers of a clear polymer gesso hoping it would soak in and bond with the wood fibers, and then covered it with woven 100% cotton fabric saturated with the same gesso, and then applied more gesso on top.
Yes, the fabric was a pale yellow ochre quilting fabric with a faint white paisley print. I went over the edges and it sealed very well. The polymer in gesso gives it plastic properties, so it now has the strength it needs, but it is still a little too flexible. I will have to do some work on the inside, make that surface as rigid as possible before I can begin the mosaic process.
Call it art therapy, call it play… there is something about laying mosaics that is very peaceful and calming. It is soothing to the soul. If you don’t mind, I’d like to blog the process. It won’t be everyday… mosaics take time so it will just be an update now and then. Look for “mosaic guitar” in the titles if you want to follow along.
Thanks for reading my blog! ~ N.