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Old 12-05-2017, 09:05 PM   #21 (permalink)
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You make me want to try that. About using green dye - it might and it might not. I have made a few pens that were stunning strictly by accident and when I tried to improve them, everything went flat.

Again, it might work but the color combination in that picture plus the virus look - is GREAT. Makes me want one just like that!
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:17 PM   #22 (permalink)
 
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Pretty cool, Jeff, and I can see it appealing to different folks in different ways. Easy to play the virus angle to zombie lovers and epidemiologists both.

I was wondering if penetrating the shell of the cocklebur would allow any resin to enter under pressure for a different effect? Not casting yet myself but just a thought.


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Old 12-05-2017, 10:45 PM   #23 (permalink)
 
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My wife is a microbiologist, so I think it's VERY cool! If you live near a university, I'd cast some more and take them by the biological sciences departments. The professors would likely go crazy for those.
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Looks cool!

Maybe try cutting the pods in half, scoop out the soft stuff inside and let them fill up with resin??
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I really think itís awesome and worth your effort. Great job!


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Old 12-06-2017, 04:37 PM   #26 (permalink)
 
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Looking real good. Nice work
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Yes, I stabilized them. The hull is pretty hard but the inside is like a peanut even after I stabilized. I turn a little and add thin CA to the inside then repeat. They are a pain, thatís why Iím looking for opinions to see if they are worth messing with.
Next time drill several 1/8 holes through the pith before stabilizing and you will get the inside hardened. Then clean out the holes before casting and the resin will get in there and add some resin dots as "highlights"
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My grandpa was a cotton farmer in west Texas, he hated cockleburs with a passion. He has been gone for 3 decades, but even to this day when I see cocklebur in the field or pasture, I think of him. As grandchildren he would have us go through the pasture and to them. We now own one of the places, and in his memory we have kept the cockleburs at bay.
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Yes, I stabilized them. The hull is pretty hard but the inside is like a peanut even after I stabilized. I turn a little and add thin CA to the inside then repeat. They are a pain, thatís why Iím looking for opinions to see if they are worth messing with.
Next time drill several 1/8 holes through the pith before stabilizing and you will get the inside hardened. Then clean out the holes before casting and the resin will get in there and add some resin dots as "highlights"
Great idea for getting better stabilizing
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Very cool, I like the look! Nice job on turning and polishing it too.
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