Thanks for all the kind words
Can you post a close up of the battery cover?
Is that a crop-circle type of thing, or what was your thinking on that design?
That's an excellent question...
I started out thinking of an Eclipse and made the drawing on the rough body (which I thought looked pretty cool) ...
but... it's a bloody story, but I'll give you the "Reader's Digest" version:
I forgot to remember that often line-drawings don't look anything like the object, in reality, without the lines showing anymore.
That coupled with the way I often neglect to fully plan and simply sculpt away... resulted in the body cavity and brass plate being completed before I figured out how I was going to make the inlay and design... So I was committed to trying to recreate the drawn design. I started with the piece of walnut burl, made it perfectly round, cut the holes, perfectly round, cut out perfectly round little "planets" of different wood to go in the perfectly round holes, and then started trying to figure out how to make the sliver pieces. That turned out to be very difficult trying to come down to that incredibly sharp point
Plus the wood just wasn't having any "glow" which I envisioned for the Eclipse. It's gotta be bright! So I thought, let the brass show thru, and fill it with epoxy, just glue the burl piece to the brass and see how it goes. Unfortunately I used way too much epoxy
which nearly filled the cutouts when I pressed it... which made a really big, hardened epoxy, mess
So I had to dig the epoxy out, which scratched the hell out of the brass, and tore chunks of the burl out, small chunks, but big enough that I had to resmooth the edges, which caused everything to be NOT PERFECTLY ROUND
Anyway, after all that, which occured after the rest of the guitar was built, waiting, I just figured, not good planning, not a great design, but I want to play it already, so I finished it like it is... buffed and sanded and left some texture in the big circles, trying to make them look a bit like moons, or planets, filled the whole thing with epoxy, and used the small hole to screw the plate to the body with. (Which incedentily is another snafu... With this design there is nowhere for the mounting screws to go without messing up the design
) LEARNING CURVE!
I like the crop circle idea! But I was thinking I'd love to have an inlaid Cyclops on one