Saturday, May 21, 2016
The Ron Swanson and Timbo Pins
I've done posts about how much I like bowling and whatnot. So I won't delve too much into it this time. I will however mention that once I had a "Bowling Pin Painting Party" with a bunch of my friends. A lot of interesting designs were produced...
...including this self-portrait pin I made.
But a good friend of mine wanted it, so I am left with these 2 below that myself and my girlfriend made.
We don't display these pins, but I would like to make 2 more pins that are displayable. For starters I'll make a new self-portrait pin based off an illustration I made a while back.
For the other pin I decided to make it look like the immortal Ron Swanson.
Using the picture above, I drew his face in Adobe Illustrator.
Then I printed out the 2 faces.
Now it's time to fix up those old pins. They were originally painted with acrylic paints, so I had to remove that. I first tried lacquer thinner.
After a few minutes it did very little except smear the black marker.
Then I tried using a glass scraper - which worked only a little.
But then I used my mouse sander which worked well.
After a while both pins were sanded.
And after a little clean up they weren't looking half bad.
Then I moved them onto my painting cart...
...and applied a few coats of primer.
When that dried I applied a coat of glossy white spray paint and let it dry overnight.
The next morning I applied a second coat.
When the 2 pins were fully dry I brought them inside the house. I then cut out the 2 printed faces.
I added charcoal to the backs...
...and taped them to the pins.
Then I traced the faces and removed the paper.
Next I retraced the faces with marker.
Then I cleaned up the excess charcoal with a damp rag.
And finally I colored in the rest.
And now I have a new Ron Swanson Pin!
And also a new Timbo Pin!
I thought the best place to display them would be my workshop, where I have a picture of my Grandfather who watches over all my wood working projects.
I also have a picture of Norm Abrams - my favorite woodworker.
And now Ron Swanson Pin, yet another woodworker.
And of course the Me pin.
Thanks for reading!