The last few days of MikeDiDonato.com have been peppered with crafts. This is unusual, because I’m not really that crafty. That said, I might as well continue the trend with an update on my latest project: the Jimi Hendrix portrait made out of nails.
As you may recall, Mr. Ryan Schenk was kind enough to half-tone a picture of Jimi for me (post about it here).
First, I applied a thick black acrylic with a putty knife to my board. Then I needed to create a grid to help guide my nail placement. Mom D came up with the winner idea: Thread + Double sided tape
I laid double sided tape around the border of my board. And then, roughly every 0.200 inches I laid down a strip of thread at the necessary angle. I did it mostly by eye, but regularly measured to make sure I was keeping my lines parallel.
Once the first rows were complete, I switched directions and completed the grid.
Next up, I color coded the picture of Jimi Hendrix to simplify my nail placement. To do this using MSPaint, I brought the picture up on my laptop and slowly bent the screen away from me. The change in angle resulted in a loss of contrast. As each progressive dot size disappeared, I colored the new layer of my nail topographical map.
Finally, I began nailing.
I started in the upper right hand corner slowly progressing nail by nail. Unfortunately, the board soon started to split.
So now I have to pre-drill every hole. Mind you, there’s something like 2000 holes that need drilling. This is a huge pain in the butt, but I expect the end result to be pretty sweet. I’ll post my progress in a few months once I get all the holes drilled.
Totally worth it.