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Old 08-08-2009, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Is it possible to cast pine cones without a pressure pot? I would like to experiment with this, but, don't want to waste my time.
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Sure it's possible but you run the risk of more air bubbles without the pot.
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To do it you might want to use Alumilite rather than PR. Alumilite is thinner and will flow into the crannies better.
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I have cast a lot of pine cones and would have to say that any attempt to do so without a pressure pot would be a waste of materials.
This is just my opinion and what I have seen from attempts I have made. It is always worth trying something for yourself and proving me wrong.
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I've done it, but had to fill a fair number of voids throughout the turning.
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Yes. But I don't cast. I go au nautural. The first pens were made of mature, dry pine cones. It was a big problem finding a thick enough core to make the pen work. When done, though, it was beautiful. I just took four young pods that are still green and not yet blossemed. I am going to see if they offer a center large enough to make a pen. they are drying now. Make the house smell nice. They haven't made it to the work shop.
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I do the same as John, I use longleaf pine cones. Personlly I like them better than the cast ones.jmho
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I do the same as John, I use longleaf pine cones. Personlly I like them better than the cast ones.jmho
So That is where those pines cones are. I have been looking from California to Texas for a worthwhile cone. Now I need to travel to Georgia. Thank you for the info. Your pens are beautiful. Much better than what I am able to accomplish. Mine are allot darker than yours. I like the light color of yours. I am in envy.
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Yeah, Perry, those are beautiful pine cone pens!
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I do the same as John, I use longleaf pine cones. Personlly I like them better than the cast ones.jmho
i would love an idea on how to do those. i picked up some large pine cones in january at a rest area along I-26 in SC. been trying to figure where to start. i have done corn cobs with ca.
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