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Cast Alumilite Clear (Slow) into a container which has an old collection from the of airline/hotel stir sticks embedded. Segmented and turned Spanish Cedar bottom and lid which has been stained (dark Walnut), sealed with shellac, then ~ 6 coats of spray laquer. Still need to rub out once the laquer has cured. Top knob is a piece of scrap Australian burl. I left the bottom of the lid unfinished to take advantage of the Spanish Cedar smell (like a humidor).
Finding two plastic canisters of the right dimensions to nest together so that I could pour the Alumilite resin in the gap between was a challenge. I didn't want to waste that expensive resin by casting a cylinder and turning it hollow. It worked pretty well, only requiring light turning and progressive sand/polish to true up the cylinder and remove scratches.
Orienting the sticks was tricky so that they would not fall out of place during the pour. I strategically glued them like a fence around the inside container before the pour. Outside container I created using sheet plastic shelf liner and taped to the turned wood bottom which could then be removed after curing. Put into pressure pot to avoid bubbles.
Alumilite section measures 7 1/2 inches tall x 5 inch diameter with 1/2 inch thick wall. Used all of the 2 lb alumilite kit to create. Since the Alumilite only has a 3 month shelf life, planning and economy are the word for this expensive stuff!

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Yes. A pressure pot was used to allow to cure without bubbles.
 

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What a great way to display that collection!

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