This could be git related or not. So, what's on your workbench at the moment?

I have 4 scarf joint necks in different stages of work.

A 25" scale pine 5 string neck for a Banjo-Res, A 25" scale Red Oak neck for my 6 string Strat-Res build, A 24 & 1/2" scale Red Oak neck for my 6 string Double Cut Tele build and a 27" scale 6 string Baritone Conversion neck for a Modern Strat body I have.

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Kool concept on the build. Hobby Lobby carries  water slide-off decal paper if you're looking for a source. The punchinello looks like it would work as soundhole screen. At present I'm using swimming pool birdcage privacy screening. Which is thicker and a more denser weave than typical window screen, it works great, but I've been looking for a backing to stiffen it up some. I think this is what I'm looking for. Tried aluminum screen for backing but it's such a pita to work with. My mom used to make Christmas ornaments with us kids when we were little and with our kids. With her you couldn't hang enough decorations on the tree, with snow made from ivory soap flakes blended into a foam with an electric mixer and blobbed on. She would have loved your collection. Every ornament was a story! Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.

Hooch, this is a stiff vinyl product that doesn't hold it's shape when bent. It's also hard to glue down. Even after four coats of polycrylic and being glued down it came right off the guitar with little effort. Even the polycrylic didn't stick to it. Puddled up in the holes. Going to try water based urethane, Hopefully that'll stick. Think it's to flexible to use as a backing. You can find this stuff on Amazon. It's not cheap.

$15.46 + $7.27 shipping on Amazon

this stuff is not easy to work with. These ornaments took hours each to make. Letting parts dry overnight before working them again.


Another option to consider rather than battling to get the material glued down:  Put a base coat of silver paint (or whatever you want the mesh color to be), tape down the Punchinello and then spray over it with black and remove the punchinello.  You'd have the same look as that box you showed and wouldn't have to worry about the material popping up later.  I have done a little camoflage work on a couple of guns and used a similar material for a portion of the pattern.   I like the design you have though (and the ornaments).

That's definitely the best way to go. I too tried gluing the stuff down before and it's really hard to do. A bit like gluing Mylar to anything else.

 Will it hold a shape if you heated it with heat gun?

I've never tried but unless you pull on it or bend it in crazy ways while heating it, I think it should. The stuff is pretty resistant and Mylar is used in space. So unless we're dealing with something else, it should be pretty tough (though I wouldn't take the heat gun at full blast too close to it for an extended period, it is plastic after all).

The only way to know would be to try it on a scrap piece first.

Thanks MadGomer. I've given the templet and spray paint thing some thought. May be the only way to go with this stuff. Once the weather warms back up I'll do some test pieces to make sure i get crisp lines. For now I've got the body stripped and a different color on. Already have the wood cut out for the next build. I'll make that one 'Radio Active'. Because everyone needs a salmon pink guitar. :) 

Fender has a Coral Red that is Pinkish and they have the Shell Pink and the Frost Rose which is really nice.

Not a big fan of regular Pink, but the Salmon, Coral Red and Frost Rose is good.

Love the old Fender colors. Kind of a surprise to see colors like them offered in spray paints. 

Just wanted to post how I ended up glueing the punchinello to those ornaments. They are cardboard covered in cotton batting. I had to fold the punchi' over and use cardboard and the batting as strips to hold it down. So the glue would go in the holes and clamp it in place. That boat took hours to do. The original ornaments would have been easier to make. The stuff was metal back then and held it's shape. 

I thought that stuff was metal at one time! I remember dealing with in my earlier yrs. But not as craft material, seems like it was vent hole covers or small filter backing for electrical equipment. It got crumpled up pretty bad and I remember sitting at the work bench straightening it out. Not knowing I could have gone to K-mart or 5 and 10 to replace it. Do remember those badass sharp points where the holes were cut in half. I think that's where someone got the idea for razor wire.

Leo Fender started using Ford colors when he started because the guy that painted his first guitars worked at a body shop. So Fender stayed with the Ford colors.

Lovely old Pye valve radio which was made in Ireland maybe 1960's. A full rebuild is beyond my skills as its full of old oil and paper capacitors which need replacing. Then there's the potentially lethal voltages. and the fact that there's hardly anything broadcast on AM now.

So I'm fitting a small solid state amp module using the existing speaker to make a powered speaker for plugging in a phone (or even a CBG !) Reckon I can use the existing vol, tone and on/off pots and light up the tuning dial so it looks like the real deal.


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