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Turners 1 March 2007 Meeting

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Spray adhesive is used to bond the picture to the brass tube

Paul uses a thin layer of glue to protect the image from being damaged by the resin

A thin coat is rubbed on

The glue is allowed to dry before the polyester resin is cast

With the image protected, a pill bottle is used as a mold for the polyester resin

Because a hole was sanded in the side of the bottle, it must be positioned for pouring and curing

"Castin' Craft" is a brand readily available from the local craft supply stores

The resin and catalyst is measured, mixed, and then poured into the mold

The mold is rotated to help all of the bubbles to escape

The mold is then set asside until the resin cures

Once hardened, the blank is removed from the mold

The excess plastic resin can be turned away yielding the familiar pen blank

After turning to shape, the sanding begins

It is sanded through the grits

There are products available to help polish the blank to a high sheen

The blank is finished using plastic polish to bring it to a clear, high gloss finish

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Photos by Jay Elliott
     

 


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