Keeping in touch December 24, 2021

December 24, 2021

Richard Pratchler has been doing some very interesting work with epoxy and branch cuttings.


 I have continued working with epoxy and wood casting.  The blue and green bowls are made by cutting Lilac branches into 1 inch pieces.  I then lined one bowl with the 1 inch Lilac pieces and used a second bowl inside that to hold all the pieces in place.  Then I poured epoxy between the two bowls.  I used Easy Cast epoxy from Home Hardware.  I ended up with lots of air pocket that I filled with metal powder and CA glue.  These bowls were finished with wipe on poly and then buffed with the Beall system. 

The second set of bowls was created by taking 7 inch long Caragana pieces stacking them into a square mold.  I poured epoxy in six layers and added different color to each layer and poured two colors at once on opposite sides of the mold.  I used Flocast epoxy from Ecopoxy.  The epoxy flowed though the branches at different rates so there was no single straight interface.   Once fully cured I cut the corners off and used my Oneway coring system and made three bowls from the casting.  These three bowls were finished with Tung oil and buffed with the Beall system.  I had some soft spots in the Caragana that I filled with copper metal powder and CA glue. 

The last thing I worked on was my bowling pin.  I was given a bowling pin three years ago and asked to make something out of it.  It took me along time to finally figure something out.  I turned it into salt mill.  It is finished with food safe Tung oil. 

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