Originally Posted 15-Feb-2012
This detailing was done using epoxy putty. I rolled it out into thin strands then proceeded to weave with it. :D
I don't know if anyone has ever weaved with epoxy putty before but it's not the easiest thing in the world.
It took so long that I came very close to the workable limit (3-4hours) before it cures too hard.
I documented the vines on the underside much better so you can see those later.
I needed to blend the two elements together, as well as fill in any undercuts so that I could mould it without it getting stuck.
I used polyfilla (plaster based, used for filling cracks in walls, like spackle?)
Generally not good for props but I liked the grainy texture it gives you.
I was fairly free in the way I applied the filler, trying to re-create hundreds of years of dirt that may have lodged themselves in the crevices.
But to keep the smooth top surface I kept wiping the top of the vines with a damp cloth.
Don't think I've got a picture of the underside, but on that last picture you can just make out the beading on the edge, more epoxy putty.
Next to tackle is the centre dial.