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Old 10-05-2017, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Let's see, been turning pens off an on since around 2010. Was always perfectly content buying pretty blanks I saw. Decided to get back into it in a bigger way a few months back and that meant being more active here. Flash forward to today and in the past week I've gotten in my first 2 gallon order of Alumilite (had been getting the 32oz size before) , a large box full of pretty pigments, and today the TurnTex box shows up with cactus juice and a vacuum chamber. (Vacuum pump showed up about a month ago ... ) I'm pretty sure I'm not saving money on my blanks, but I'm having fun. Just letting you all know, I blame you. (Thanks!!)
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2 gal of resin will make a lot of blanks! Have fun!
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I got a bad back.......but willing to take part of the load.
Just don't blame me to much.....

Maybe have a talk with that guy in the mirror.......
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Maybe have a talk with that guy in the mirror.......
Believe me, that guy is no help!


And yea.. 85 blanks if my math serves me. I'll probably sell off a few to help fund the experimentation a bit.

I didn't even mention that mold I ordered from the kickstarter...
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But at least your blanks are awesome!!!!
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But at least your blanks are awesome!!!!
Thanks! Hoping the learning curve on the stabilizing isn't too steep. I only posted the pretty blanks, quite a bit of cured alumilite that ended up in the trash along the way lol
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But at least your blanks are awesome!!!!
Thanks! Hoping the learning curve on the stabilizing isn't too steep. I only posted the pretty blanks, quite a bit of cured alumilite that ended up in the trash along the way lol


Ive only been stabilizing for a year but itís pretty straight forward. Follow the directions and donít get in a hurry. I stabilize all wood now. A couple things that may help. - use a decent scale to ensure the wood is dry - skip the toaster oven and get something bigger, easier to clean and access. I found a large roaster at goodwill that works great, is fairly accurate for temp and easy to clean.
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A roaster... now there's an idea. I've got the toaster oven sitting out there from another hobby so it'll have to do for now. Need to get my hands on a decent moisture meter, seems I lost mine last year in the move. Figure best way to find it is buy another!

The one thing I see folks doing with stabilizing that I want to be sure I don't do is go too light on the dye. I figure the rest of it is pretty straight forward... Will take a little practice most likely to nail the colors I want.
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Well... the 2 gallon order just turned into 4. Someone at Alumilite goofed and even though one of the gallons was labeled "A" it was most assuredly a part "B". I'd still be down there stirring waiting for it to warm up if I hadn't noticed where it turned solid in my 16oz Part A container where I poured it. Good news, Don at Alumilite is awesome and he's sending me a couple part A's so I have usable resin. That's a LOT of blanks though.
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Two Questions.
!. I didn't know we could blame others here?
2. What benefit does it have to blame others?
In the past when I tried to put the blame elsewhere it just made it worse for me but if there's an advantage I'll try again! Will I be able to buy more stuff because you now have more than me? Can I buy new stuff because you bought the new one and said it's better than mine?
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