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p14shooter 04-11-2019 09:22 AM

pictures on stocks
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In memory of my grandfather, I would like to put his picture on a stock. I am doing a picture transfer, rather than etching. The process is easy enough to do as I have done a test but have any of you done this? If so are there any pitfalls to avoid? I am presuming a lacquer finish will keep it from rubbing off, but am testing that on one of my test prints now. This will not be a wall hanger, but will be used numerous times a year. Also, I have read the stickys but have not found what I am looking for, if it is even possible. I am looking to make the grip stand out in contrast. Black most likely, but is there a way to do this without re-stippling the grip? Stock is not fully prepped yet, but here is a pic of the grip


Flintlock28 04-11-2019 10:56 AM

As far as making the stippling stand out; you can use this:


These Dye's mix with water and you can increase the shade of the coloring by simply diluting the mixture.

I have used Homestead dyes on a number of stocks, and they were highly recommended by a member here called noremf. Look at a number of his posts about woodworking, He was a master.

FrankW 04-11-2019 11:30 AM

Hi p14shooter,

Do a search for "How to put a photograph on a piece of wood". You will get lots of info.

I would but it on the stock where you won't be touching it a lot. Maybe the off side of the butt stock where you don't put your cheek. Another idea is to get a small metal photo holder with a plastic cover and inlet that into the stock. The picture will have more detail than transferring to the wood directly. I wouldn't go more that a couple of inches in size.

You could also have a picture transferred to a piece of metal and inlet into the stock. They cover with epoxy that dries clear. There are services that transfer photos to metal.

I don't know your budget but you could find an air brush Artist that could air brush a picture of your Grandfather onto the stock and then cover with epoxy. The Artist would know how to protect the picture.


ivan 04-11-2019 08:26 PM

Have you considered having an airbrush artist dupe the photo onto the stock, then clear coat?

p14shooter 04-11-2019 08:44 PM

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Originally Posted by ivan (Post 11440645)
Have you considered having an airbrush artist dupe the photo onto the stock, then clear coat?

I had sort of considered it but would like to be able to do what I can my self. An artist I am not. Although in previous comments I never really thought of actually inletting a picture into the stock and am considering that now. A test picture of a photo transfer came out really good though on wood, I think anyway. There are 2 coats of lacquer on it. I obviously did not care to much about the edge appearance. I will be neat as a pin on the real thing.

FrankW 04-12-2019 05:36 PM

Hi p14Shooter,

Your transfer looks good.


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