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Old 11-10-2011, 06:56 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Curtis, you mention the Alumilite Regular not having much use for Pen Turning. Question, I want to attach items to a tube, then pour a solid black color so when I turn, I'll reveal the glued on items. My issue is I don't want it transparent at all. If the Alumilite Regular won't work, what do you suggest?

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Curtis, you mention the Alumilite Regular not having much use for Pen Turning. Question, I want to attach items to a tube, then pour a solid black color so when I turn, I'll reveal the glued on items. My issue is I don't want it transparent at all. If the Alumilite Regular won't work, what do you suggest?

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Mike,

That may be a little bit of a mis-statement on my part. The reason I say it does not have much use for penturning is that that it is so fast, most folks have a hard time with it. Also, the tan colored stuff is hard to get a good color other than black due to having to overcome the tan part. That said, if you have your ducks in a row and work fast, it is possible to make pen blanks with it and the blank would certainly do what you want it to do. Personally, I use RC3 when I need black due to the longer open time and lower cost but it is only available in gallons which may be much more than you need.
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Curtis, you mention the Alumilite Regular not having much use for Pen Turning. Question, I want to attach items to a tube, then pour a solid black color so when I turn, I'll reveal the glued on items. My issue is I don't want it transparent at all. If the Alumilite Regular won't work, what do you suggest?

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Mike,

That may be a little bit of a mis-statement on my part. The reason I say it does not have much use for penturning is that that it is so fast, most folks have a hard time with it. Also, the tan colored stuff is hard to get a good color other than black due to having to overcome the tan part. That said, if you have your ducks in a row and work fast, it is possible to make pen blanks with it and the blank would certainly do what you want it to do. Personally, I use RC3 when I need black due to the longer open time and lower cost but it is only available in gallons which may be much more than you need.
Thanks Curtis,

That's what I was hoping. Appreciate all the info, saves us rookies a lot of time and headaches.
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Never mind on the added info Curtis.....I managed to find it on the West System website after a bit of clicking and searching.

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One thing to point out, Dave, at least for others, is that West Systems is a laminating epoxy, not a casting epoxy. Sure, it may work for casting but is not designed for it.
Thanks Curtis, I was just making the product info available because I know some people do use it.

I bought some to try it out for my own curiosity. I am currently looking into another source of Epoxy that is supposed to be designed for it. I believe it is called Potting Epoxy. I'll have some next week to play with as well.

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Curtis,

I noticed in one of your videos that you didn't paint your tube or blank when using alumilite white. Is that because the white is not translucent and when you dye it, it gives a solid color unlike the clear? Tried PR, but I've gone through 16oz with nothing to show for it. I think I would like alumilite better, but do not want the translucent look. Thanks for the info Curtis.

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Hi Curtis,

I have been trying to make some blanks at home but have not had a good success yet. I have a pressure pot good to 80 PSI and a vacuum chamber good to 26" (max for our altitude). I started using Allumilite Water Clear but find it takes to long to cure in the pressure pot and all my additives I use settle to the bottom. What do you use or recommend? Does it change the time to cure when you have it under vacuum or pressure?

PS. I have been using your Cactus Juice to stabilize different woods and have had great success! I do have a question for you if you can PM me on dying wood with Cactus juice. I tried it once with a punky spalted piece of wood and it only seemed to take 10% of the color intensity I mixed.
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I wonder if we can get an updated recommendation on the Alumilite products as some have changed.

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