Difficult in their own right because there will ALWAYS be too much paint if you paint them on their own.
While the ideal situation is to paint them in conjunction with a pickguard, I'm always happy to do them individually.
The customer wanted these covers to match the previously-painted ESS-335-style and Les Paul-style guitars. The covers bring some added decoration and style to the headstocks!
This one was a "can you force this to happen" request... a real challenge with paint-pouring, which took a couple tries to get right.
The subject: an ES-335 style beauty with a sunburst spalted-maple to red finish. The request was "mostly black, with some complimentary red/brown coloring in the middle." The owner also requested that the edges be finished in cream so that the pickguard would stand out from the body.
The first attempt was a traditional paint-pour, with colors layered to hopefully create the desired result. The resulting pour looked GREAT, but wasn't what was requested. So I, regretfully, re-poured (as promised to my customers if they don't like the initial result), using a method to create the desired final effect.
Paint-pouring pickguards isn't my only creative obsession. I also have an affinity for 2-dimensional woodwork - especially fine, detailed work that usually employs hand-tools to obtain results (although I'd really love a scroll-saw to help with this sometimes).
In October, 2020, I was commissioned to make a wall-art piece for someone who loves the New York Giants. After working with the client on a design, I set out to work. The piece started from raw wood, and progressed through sanding, painting (using paint-pour techniques, of course), and resin.
When you pour paint, there is quite a bit of overflow. And if you're using the right kind of catch-pan, the paint can be peeled off the bottom.
Traveling back to my very first pour... I wildly overestimated how much paint was needed for my bass pickguard... and was left with a LOT of leftover paint. This is an example: