and after cutting the fiber-optics embedded wood piece:
OMG OMG OMG IT LOOKS AMAZING AND I’M SO HAPPY I HAVE TO CAPS!
some things we noted:
1. unevenness of distribution – I’m doing it all by hand, which leads to a rougher and less regular look. could be nice though, since it has a lovely effect of depth (some F.O being shorter than others, more deeply embedded but still visible – looks like stars!)
2. probably need to use more F.O per layer since the wood is so much thicker…. I used one tube (100pcs) per layer currently, probably up it to 200/layer to give a greater translucent effect
3. Smooth-Clear resin is really not that clear, even after sanding and polishing the closest it got was a matte shine with a hint of cloudiness. I tried polishing with acetone, will probably try car wax next but I don’t think it will buff to glass-gloss anyway
4. the top layer was accidentally made soft (excuse: really tired, did not mix proportions perfectly) and interestingly had a rubber-gel like texture. Not as brittle as the pure 1:2 ratio and also the cool part is that adding more resin seems to have increased the clarity slightly
5. we both kinda preferred the rough-hewn natural wood shape compared to the very evenly cut small wood. The difficultly is having it rough hewn and flat enough to lay the F.O because it’s an irregular shape+surface. Working on it though!