Post by nickwellings on Nov 22, 2010 7:22:14 GMT -5
I've only done the front. Otherwise it'll cost about £500! Didn't realise how many gems I'd need or how expensive they were. Hence it took so long. Also I used ones which are too big, really. But I'll show you when it is done!
Post by nickwellings on Nov 23, 2010 19:34:37 GMT -5
Well, I basically finished it today.
It still needs some work near the top horns, but I ran out of crystals!
Here's pics and video. I used an iPhone so quality ain't great, but you get the idea! I think I will have to paint or change pickups to black to fit the look.
Here's what I was working with. Swarovski "Volcano" cystals. The biggest you see there are about 3.8 mm wide, and were used to cover the entire guitar. The smaller ones are for the inevitable "space filling" process. I have put a plectrum in there for some sense of scale
The big crystals are called size ss16 and you can get 'em in big packs of 1440 per pack. I used 3 packs at least, plus 500 or so more to fill in the gap you'll see in pics below. So that's about 4700, nearly 5000 crystals at least!
I can't find my pics with 1440 gems on, but working downwards, they only covered the horns and to the start of the humbucker ring on the left hand side.
Here's the guitar with 2880 crystals on. It basically went from front edge of pickup ring, to where you see it ends.
Here's the gap I had to fill after about 4320 crystals had been applied
And here is the finished thing!
Here's a very quick video so you can see how even ordinary household light plays through the crystals.
I spent a lot more money than I thought I would on this. After one pack of crystals (£65) I realised I'd need more! I thought nearly 1500 crystals would do the entire thing. Boy, was I wrong. I wanted to finish it though and not leave it half done. I hope to be using it onstage soon!
Post by nickwellings on Nov 28, 2010 17:26:20 GMT -5
Thanks for your kind words, chaps.
I am not sure how many hours it all took. I'd say 20 or so, at the most. Sometimes I got a nice rhythm going and I could low through quite rapidly. Other times were a nightmare (glue accidents, wax accidents, dropped crystals, accidentally whacking freshly glued crystals out of careful alignment etc).
Like I say, I still have the odd gap or two to fill, which'll take a few more hours.
Hoping to take it to band practice tomorrow. I dread to think what they might say actually. maybe I should have cleared it with 'em first. Like Jim, they may totally not be feeling it, even now it is done!
A tiny part of me still likes the evil gloss black it used to be, but never mind, I can't go back now!