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Old 04-28-2010, 11:07 AM   #21 (permalink)
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150F for an hour or 2 is fine. Just don't leave it in at that temp for 10 hrs.
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Old 04-28-2010, 02:03 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Cool! Thanks! I have been quite happy with the brittleness, or lack thereof, of my blanks! When i first started, I really thought i needed to use 10 drop per ounce. I quickly realized this made lots of tiny tiny chips of PR all over my shop when i tried to turn it. I whittled it down to 2 to 4 drops per ounce depending on what i am casting.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:32 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:35 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Default Can you help me?

Brooks803: I am casting blanks with PR and have a question. When I mix my resin to pour I add extra catalyst, trying to accelerate the curing process slightly. I stir and stir and get the idea...but my PR doesn't gel until long after I pour. Then in the mold the colors blend to much. I figure its from the convection of the heat rising. So now the question...How do I get better color separation? Should I let the PR set in the cups longer, before I pour? Help please.

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Old 10-18-2013, 08:45 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I'm considering making my own pen blanks. What pigment do you use to get nice dark colors?
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Awood6971, I just recently started myself, and can tell you it will take a little practice to get it right. Timing the different colors to get them to gel together is the trick. Variables include temp, humidity, how much catalyst, how much colorant, phase of the moon, & age of the resin. Keep good notes on amount of resin, catylist, amount of colorant, temp, length of time to gel, and anything else you think might be relevant.
I just did my first 3 color pour last night(red-white-blue) & the red gelled before the others. Poured the red as it thickened then poured the other two & stirred quickly till it got thick. Walked away unsure & worried but somehow it worked.
Basically, pour into cups, add colorant, mix well. Add catylist & mix well. In ~10-15 min should thickn and be ready to pour co.ored resin into the mold.

Jmoverhouse, I use the castin craft pr from hobby lobby. They sell liquid pigment that is castin craft brand & it works well.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:47 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Wow this is an old thread! It's weird looking back at how I used to cast.

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I'm considering making my own pen blanks. What pigment do you use to get nice dark colors?
There are plenty of sources. is one of the better places to find mica powders. They have a great selection of colors.
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