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Project by sapwood posted 02-25-2014 04:48 PM 1058 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used the natural end of a York Gum Burl turning blank and cast with Alumilite WaterClear. Added a bit of gold flake to the Alumilite. Finished wood portion with Mylands friction polish. The gold flakes look pretty cool through the light.

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#1 posted 02-25-2014 07:03 PM

thats a pretty cool idea. I’ll put it on the “to try” list. so you just pour it into something and stick your natural edge in it and dry, and then turn the whole thing?

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#2 posted 02-25-2014 07:30 PM

There is a good video showing Alumilite pen blank casting. I basically took that idea and built a mold that matched the shape of the burl turning blank, out of cutting board material (cheap from harbor freight), leaving room to pour the casting resin at the end (onto the top of the burl).The mold was fitted tightly around three sides and one end of the burl blank. After mixing the two components of the Alumilite and adding the gold flake I poured it into the space ileft in the mold at the top of the burl turning blank. I borrowed a neighbors paint pressure pot and pumped it up to ~70 lbs which pushes out the bubbles from the water clear Alumilite caused by mixing. Let it set and then it was ready to turn. There are some good pointers found on the internet explaining turning this acrylic casting material, but it was really easy to turn. This was my first attempt and I’m pleased with the results. Now I have to figure out what I want to cast next!

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 02:25 PM

Cool and pretty! Like the mix of beautiful materials to make that unique blank. Great work!

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