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Old 08-13-2010, 01:15 PM
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Repaired scratchboards....

So Ampersand came through with their awesome customer service again and sent me a repair kit so I could finally tackle salvaging the pieces that got wrecked when I sent them from NZ to the first show we had in Indy.

Here's my results for those that remember or are interested.

The package got caught in a conveyor belt and 3 of the boards got munched into pretty badly. The worst was my 16x20 bronc that had damage about 2 inches into the board. ..



I took the table saw to the board (SCARY), and cut the damage out in a V shape. Then I cut a piece to fit from a scrap board I had.

<forgot to take a picture of this part>

Then I used a fairly thick version of liquid cement and used a very tiny bit to glue the two together. I know there was discussion on here about this discolouring the clay, but I figured, "What the heck..." and using the thicker stuff, and only a small bit should minimize that hopefully. Then I did about 7 coats of the liquid clay, which helped to 'glue' the seams together.



A couple times in between clay layers and sanding, I inked and then sanded so sanding the ink off could help to show where the ridges still showed.

I did the two other damaged boards too just to see - not as worried about these though as they could ultimately be cut down and the damage cropped off. These repairs turned out pretty good.



Last coat of ink - scratching back in to disguise, and then spraying to make the two blacks blend as best as possible....



When you hold it in the light just right, you can see a little bit of the ridge still there, and I'm not sure if I could get rid of that with more layers and more sanding. But for now this is where it is at and I'm going to leave it sit for a bit. I think once it's in a frame and a mat you'd hardly be able to find that it's there. Very good learning experience for me. I don't know that I'll ever sell this board, unless the person really wanted it and knew the damage was there... but was interesting to try to fix anyway.
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:23 PM
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Re: Repaired scratchboards....

L'taniea,

That is one amazing story and tragedy. Glad you were able to work herculean effort in fixing it. It now looks great.
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:52 PM
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Re: Repaired scratchboards....

That's a pretty amazing repair job!!!!
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Old 08-13-2010, 03:27 PM
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Re: Repaired scratchboards....

Wow!! Looks good as new. It's good to know that there is a way to salvage a damaged board.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:20 PM
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That is awesome work. So glad this beautiful image was salvaged. Lynn
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:21 PM
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Re: Repaired scratchboards....

This is gold for any of us who haven't had to deal with this yet, but might in the future.
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Old 08-14-2010, 01:16 AM
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Re: Repaired scratchboards....

Natalie, this might be my favorite piece of yours and it really made my heart sink for you when I heard about it before the show. I'm glad you were still able to show it and so happy you have been able to repair it so well. It would be a shame to sell it with it's attachment to the first ever International Scratchboard Only Show.
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Old 08-14-2010, 12:35 PM
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Re: Repaired scratchboards....

Looks much better. Did Ampersand send you liquid clay?
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Old 08-14-2010, 12:38 PM
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Re: Repaired scratchboards....

Thanks Harold - I've had almost 3 years to get better since doing this piece, but somehow it's still one of my favourites too. I think it will probably be staying in the family

Angela they sent me two little bottles of liquid clay that are easy to apply and great to work with. You're supposed to keep it in the fridge, so I have it in the cheese drawer with the cheddar Dries fast - was so glad to have it.

Patrick hopefully you never have to deal with this!
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Old 08-14-2010, 12:39 PM
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Re: Repaired scratchboards....

I tried putting it into a spare frame just for fun, and the mat around the edges helped to disguise the damage even more so you can hardly tell it's there. I may do a few more coats of clay and sanding yet though when I get around to it to see if I can get it perfect.
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Re: Repaired scratchboards....

A good piece of information for sure and glad to hear that you were able to salvage such a nice board.
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:04 AM
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Re: Repaired scratchboards....

This is going in the file cabinet portion of the brain for later use. Glad you were able to get it fixed- I didn't see the work before, but nice job. I recently read about the clay repair and now know how to put it all back together if it happens. Great thread. Thanks
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Re: Repaired scratchboards....

Quote:
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they sent me two little bottles of liquid clay that are easy to apply and great to work with. You're supposed to keep it in the fridge, so I have it in the cheese drawer with the cheddar Dries fast - was so glad to have it.

Litanies, I'm curious as to how to get a "repair kit" of the Clay & Ink as I find I need to fix little things fairly often and re-inking with the ink I have on hand doesn't always look so great

How big was bottle of clay ?

Thanks for any info
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Re: Repaired scratchboards....

You Can get in touch with ampersand and they will send some to you.
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