I have been busy cleaning a number of jaws from various clients, including Mako sharks and Tiger shark jaws. Julia has been set aside, until today.
I sanded large areas of the lower flanges, using both coarse grit and then using fine grit sandpaper on the electric sander. There are areas on the jaw which show the underlying layers of yellowy-orange fibres. These need to be smoothed out, then will need to be painted. There are also some other areas of the jaw which have been repaired, and therefore need to be painted as well.
The painting is done with a very small paint brush, and essentially I am retouching (just like retouching old black and white photos), using small dots starting from the centre of the area, and working outwards. I am using acrylic enamel paints, and using 5-6 paints at a time, mixing and swirling the paints, using the jaw as the palette so I can match the colours as close as possible to the original cartilage. Because there are so many areas on the cartilage that have been repaired, that there are so many areas that need to be touched up with paint.
This is Julia before.
And Julia now.