Last time you saw Queen, this is what she looked like. Bill wasn't feeling quite right about her yet and felt there was still some fine-tuning to be done. So...
... here she is now! She's had a bit of a spa day – face lift and hair cut. Bill thinks the top of her head looks better now and the cheeks appear softer. It's amazing what a difference in colour and grain sharpness the Tung oil makes, isn't it?
Here's Queen with a Tung-oil finish. She looks complete, but Bill thinks the face needs to be rounded and is still wondering about the top of her head. Maybe she has too much hair. There's still some work left to do.
Here's another update on the Buddha portrait. Nose and mouth are taking shape. Bill says the domes above the ear and brow are a challenge! The grooves in the ear require a gentle touch. Bill says, "If I can see it done in my mind, it will happen in the wood."
The King piece has come to an end. After completing the sanding, Bill finishes it with tung oil. The piece is wall-mounted with countersunk stainless steel eye screws and 480-lb stainless steel cable. Bill says he's very pleased with this piece. Feel free to email him with any questions!
Bill's almost there on the Buddha portrait! He says his next step is to fine-tune the details and start the lengthy process of sanding through various grits – 100, 150, 220, 320, 400, 600, 00 steel wool, 0000 steel wool. Sanding the tight spots by hand takes the most time but a fully loaded iPod on random play at maximum volume is very helpful!