Friday, December 18, 2009

Project Ornament

The fine-ass John Lennon Rickenbacker guitar ornament from my last post got me thinking, and there's lots of time for that since I've not been sleeping worth a damn this week.
Swine Flu? Allergies? Rock&Roll Fever? Food Poisoning?
Doesn't matter--my mutant healing powers are back so all is well again.

Anyway, I decided that it might be cool to make my own ornament to honor 2009 as the year when I not only got back on-stage again but also bought myself a new instrument for the first time in over 20 years.
So last night I took a suitable photo of my 8-string bass and got it printed a few hours ago.
Used Krylon photo spray adhesive to mount it to some quality cardboard then hand-cut the outline with an ExActo knife. Sandpapered to taste.

Almost looks like a real bass got hit with a shrink-ray.


Dave said...

What a cool looking ornament. You must be pretty good with the exacto knife. I would have cut the thing in half for sure!

KeithAlanK said...

Thanks, Dave.
Yeah--years of building all kinds of models and as an old-school graphic artist (pre-computers) taught me a few skills with the #11 blade.

Albatross said...

Excellent ornament. And definitely unique.

laanba said...

That is really impressive. I can't imagine just thinking "hey I should build an ornament" and poof, there's an ornament. :-)

KeithAlanK said...

Awesome comment, Laurie.
I'm just one of those guys that knows how to make stuff.
My older brother taught me well--he's got a lathe and welding equipment for anything I can't handle.
But it comes with the baggage of cardboard boxes full of scraps of wood, drawers packed with paint cans, stacks of different types of cardboard, and plastic totes overflowing with nuts/bolts/screws/wire/cables/connectors/crimps/latches/corners/rubber feet/aluminum plates/knobs/switches/capacitors/LEDs/outlets/plugs/jacks/dowels/holy crap I have tons of junk!
Sylvia used to complain but at least once a month I fix or create something for free instead of driving to Home Depot or Guitar Center and spending more than $10.
I pick up every screw or metal whatsit I see and toss it in the appropriate container, and maybe 2-10 years later it'll save me a trip to the store.
My bad habit comes in very handy when doing repairs of band gear at 4am.