Pre Release | Nebra Sky Disk
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Joined Nov 8, '15 

I’ve become fascinated by the Nebra Sky Disk so I thought it would be fun to try to reproduce it. Also, I wanted to give a living hinge box a try. So here’s my box:

The process I used for the box top was as follows:

  • Masked a thin sheet of brass with transfer tape, and did a score on the design lines. That cut through the masking so I could peel off the areas I wanted to paint.

  • Cut out the circle with metal snips, and painted the whole top with gesso mixed with a little marble dust.

  • Colored the top with Prismacolor pencils (I used about 12 different shades of blue and green to go for the mottled look) and melted the colors together with odorless mineral spirits. Several layers of this.

  • Sprayed the top with workable fixatif, 3 coats.

  • Peeled off the masking from the top to reveal the metal areas. It was too shiny so I used a pin in a pin vise to scratch the surface in a circular fashion reduce the shine.

  • Added UV resin to just the metal areas to get a 3D look.

  • Glued the metal to the lid of my box, and added a ring of walnut PG veneer to cover the edge.

I’m pretty pleased by how it worked out. The box is a standard living hinge circular box but I had a few hiccups due to the design file (which I got from an Instructable) had some double lines and other issues that I had to fix.

I was intending to donate the box to the cat shelter I support for their fundraiser, but dang! I really like it.

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