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The Emeraldcaster Project (aka Son of Meloncaster)

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Buckocaster51, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. poorman

    poorman TDPRI Member

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    Mar 6, 2010
    San Dimas
    Thanks for the link. That's a slightly shorter thread that I'll be happy to read through in its entirety. :cool:
     

  2. poorman

    poorman TDPRI Member

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    Mar 6, 2010
    San Dimas
    That Imron looks like some gnarly impenetrable stuff! :eek:
     

  3. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Friend of Leo's

    Aug 5, 2012
    New Jersey
    This thread is awesome. I wanted to check out the Flakebuster. All sparkle roads lead back to the Emeraldcaster. I should have known. No Glitter job should be undertaken prior to reading this thread.
     

  4. Buckocaster51

    Buckocaster51 Super Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

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    Thanks Uncle Joe.

    The Flakebuster rocks.

    Best method I have used to apply flake.

    Flake On!
     

  5. oheare

    oheare TDPRI Member

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    Sep 29, 2006
    Ottawa
    Steve, I'm coming in *really* late to this thread, but it's provided me with tons of great reading and all kinds of tips on geetar buildin' in general.

    Thank you for your cheerful willingness to share, and your good humour about the whole thing.

    (back to my reading, only 237 pages left to go!
     

  6. oheare

    oheare TDPRI Member

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    Sep 29, 2006
    Ottawa
    ...and DONE!

    Now, off to convince myself that a 12-string sparklecaster is not really *that* over the top.
     

  7. Buckocaster51

    Buckocaster51 Super Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

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    Congratulations ! Today the emeraldcaster thread...tomorrow the world

    ;)
     

  8. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Sparkle It Forward!
     

  9. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Friend of Leo's

    Aug 5, 2012
    New Jersey
    Buckocaster51 and guitarbuilder like this.

  10. HockeyPop98

    HockeyPop98 Tele-Holic

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    Oct 12, 2012
    Ohio
    Looks like an awesome thread to follow down a rabbit HOLE today!
     
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  11. oldgofaster

    oldgofaster Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Dec 28, 2010
    Ohio
    Nothing to offer. Just seeing what's going on in here.

    Seeya
     

  12. 10orgtr

    10orgtr Tele-Meister

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    May 3, 2011
    western PA
    You can try to do it today, but I suspect it will take a little longer! And it is an awesome thread!
    Cheers,
    Woody
     

  13. axmaker

    axmaker Tele-Holic

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  14. JackS2

    JackS2 TDPRI Member

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    Nov 7, 2017
    NorCal
    Okay, I don't have time to read 300+ pages, ha ha. I love how this turned out but has anyone condensed his steps down to a pdf or thread without a bazillion extra comments? I'd love to try the sifter version and see if I can do it to my kids guitar on the cheap. She's dying for pink sparkles!
     

  15. knopflerfan

    knopflerfan Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 18, 2012
    In the woods
    Buckocaster's thread regarding the "Meloncaster" was one of the very first threads I found when I first joined TDPRI - good stuff! Thanks, Buckocaster. :D
     

  16. Buckocaster51

    Buckocaster51 Super Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

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    What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. ;)

    Someplace near the end, I think there is a condensed version.

    I would NOT use the sifter. I would use a modified salt shaker.

    None of this is carved in stone.

    When I started, I had no idea what I was doing.

    I still have no idea of what I am doing.

    Techniques change constantly.

    Materials change constantly.

    DO NOT USE CRAFT STORE GLITTER.

    You can buy the stuff I use at TCPGlobal.com or House of Kolor.

    Either two part automotive urethane OR just about any canned lacquer will work. I used DEFT on the Emeraldcaster. Today I would go to a woodcraft store and get a gallon of Behlen's instrument lacquer...assuming you have a spray rig. There are probably not enough rattle cans of lacquer on our planet to pull this off with spray cans. ;)

    Lacquer will kill your nerves.

    Two part urethane is a plastic that will coat your lungs on the inside.

    Use precautions to limit exposure.

    In all seriousness, if you do not want to spend the time to read through that thread, you probably will not want to spend the time you need to invest in the sparkle finish....at least not as I have done them.

    You may want to look at the Dupli-Color catalog to see what they offer in sparkle finishes.

    Have fun.

    Enjoy the journey.
     
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  17. JackS2

    JackS2 TDPRI Member

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    Nov 7, 2017
    NorCal
    Thanks so much for the reply! I'll start from the end and go backwards to look for a condensed version. I got to page 45 and then it just became other people and not more from you. :D I didn't know you switched to a salt shaker so I'll continue reading onward! I am very patient, I just needed to be grading papers instead and thought maybe someone had written it all up; doesn't hurt to ask. I am aware of the HOK glitter and know what colors I like, I definitely want the super thick size rather than the dust at a craft store. In a nut-shell, my kid wants to play my custom shop strat all the time and if I get her a duo-sonic and paint it glittery to match she'll be just as happy!


    I do not currently have a sprayer but have no problem buying a more frugal one like you did (at least in the first 40-ish slides). My only issue will be not having a dedicated drying space in condo living. Would it be totally unrealistic to do this outside? I'm envisioning having to only do just the top since I won't be able to hang it up unless I could keep it outside on the patio which I'm thinking is a bad idea as it gets cold here at night and we're approaching rainy season (San Francisco, so no snow like you!). We stripped and painted a bike previously with a million steps to get it really nice with a primer, a base, a glitter layer(s) and clear coat. It turned out really great but it was all Krylon and Dupli spray cans and they don't (as you totally know) do the big flake through cans. I love a good project and the Missus likes me busy enough to stay out of trouble anyways. ;)
     

  18. JackS2

    JackS2 TDPRI Member

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    Nov 7, 2017
    NorCal
    Spent some time on the phone with HOK and they don't recommend I do it with anything less than a 10 gallon tank compressor. As I won't have anywhere to store something that big I won't be able to do it. :( I only have a little tiny compressor.

    Has anyone tried the salt shaker method with rattle cans before/after? I'd still love to get the thicker 0.015 flake on this project as I know it'll look a lot more fun! :D I'll definitely be able to do the nice plastic tub set up that some previous cats have done recently!
     

  19. Buckocaster51

    Buckocaster51 Super Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

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    If HoK knew my technique, they would say it wouldn't work. That is precisely what the PPG paint guy said. ;)
     
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