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Old 03-16-2011, 12:04 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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I like the mixed in look personally and agree with the others that it should make a fine pen. Did you use any pressure or vacuum on your casting?
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:38 PM   #22 (permalink)
 
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[quote=Seer;1191544]I did not copy you honestly I just followed Anthony's directions and a few others. When I get some bigger molds today I am going to try again and see if I can repeat it. Anywasy Lenny can't wait to see yours turned and mine.
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Jerry, I didn't copy you either nor could I had I been trying too!

I'm very excited tonight as I found out the hardware store I stop at has another store across the river, over in Dan's(witz1976) neck of the woods, that carries the Delta creamcoat paint (Thanks again to Curtis and Andy for the recommendation) and I should have some tomorrow night!

Look forward to seeing your pen, too!
I can't wait for the temperature to climb .... in the 30's here now. It was 14 the other morning!
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:40 PM   #23 (permalink)
 
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You need to write it all down. Use a index card to record time, temp. items weight, amount of color, how things were mixed and every "mistake" you made. Then later copy that information into a binder. That way you can learn what works and what does not work plus you can duplicate a good pour much easier with a recipe. You will end up with fewer blanks that you do not like and your quality of blank will get much better much quicker than by hit or miss. My notes include what I did and what I want to try next time if I find that something may make it better.
I feel like a kid being told to do his homework!

I KNOW you are right! I will try to do better but I never have been good with "paperwork"!
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:45 PM   #24 (permalink)
 
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I like the mixed in look personally and agree with the others that it should make a fine pen. Did you use any pressure or vacuum on your casting?
No pressure or vacuum on this one. I did warm the resin in hot (from the tap) water. Held the mixing cups in the hot water as I stirred the mica pigment in. I also set the mold on the bandsaw table for 10 minutes or so with the saw running hoping to create enough vibration to get out any air bubbles. (First time I WANTED my bandsaw to vibrate!)
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Lenny, it is not that you are a "kid" as much as you are "no longer a kid" anymore. When you take a few notes as you go and then can not only find them but understand them later you will be able to cast nice blanks every time. Well as long as your arthritis, poor eye sight and aching back do not slow you down too much.

When you get a great blank then make another great blank later you will be very happy. If on the other hand you only make one in ten blanks that are worth using then you will soon loose interest in casting. And that would be a shame because the potential cast blanks far exceeds the potential wood blanks. Think about multiple colors, with sparkles and swirls all over.
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Wow very nice colors you got there Lenny. Much much better than my first cast! Nice to see you entered the realm of casting. Now prepare to go broke
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Lenny, it is not that you are a "kid" as much as you are "no longer a kid" anymore. When you take a few notes as you go and then can not only find them but understand them later you will be able to cast nice blanks every time. Well as long as your arthritis, poor eye sight and aching back do not slow you down too much.

When you get a great blank then make another great blank later you will be very happy. If on the other hand you only make one in ten blanks that are worth using then you will soon loose interest in casting. And that would be a shame because the potential cast blanks far exceeds the potential wood blanks. Think about multiple colors, with sparkles and swirls all over.
I'm happy to report that I made an entry (on a pad of paper), recounting to the best of my recollection, everything I did on that cast.
Now, how did you know about my arthritis, poor eye sight (I stack reading glasses one on top of the other) and bad back? Seriously .... How did you know?
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Wow very nice colors you got there Lenny. Much much better than my first cast! Nice to see you entered the realm of casting. Now prepare to go broke
Go Broke? Are you kidding?

How many addicts care about money?
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Really nice blanks you managed to cast. When i'll get to trying it too, if the first i do look as good i'll be very glad. That will make a very classy pen.
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