ScabiosaYarrowDichro Bottle Stopper

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Bob in SF

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More botany.

Steps:
Initial casting done by slowly submerging the Scabiosa blossom, some yellow yarrow, and dichro film half way down into the 2/3's full (PR resin/copper flakes)Stoner Mold Release-sprayed PTown Subbie 4 stopper mold; 50psi for 2 hours.
Second casting was done with mica powder-colored PR/copper flakes/more dichro - filled to the top; 50psi overnight (second opaque casting done to conceal the drilled/tapped hole).
Easily unmolded by pulling up the blossom stalk.
Drilled, then tapped on the lathe.
Turned and polished as usual:





Happy Sunday to all - Bob
 

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Special thanks to Tony L, who kindly suggested countersinking the bottom for better over all appearance

you are welcome, and looks great, but I don't want to appropriate credit. It was Ruth Niles that gave me the idea. I think it gives it a more finished, unified, look.
 

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Beautiful depth. I also feel that it has an aquatic aura. Not quite a kelp field, but similar.

Very inspiring.
 

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Thanks Mark and Tony!

Ruth's idea for sure, but you kindly put it on my front burner.

Stay tuned for more microcosmic and slightly otherworldly stoppers - Bob
 

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Steve - Many thanks for the kind words!

All of us are on a creative quest.

No true and reasonable artist/craftsperson can ever have a false sense of arrival - such presumption and arrogance would halt the quest.

My Dad ran the machine shop on a Navy repair ship in the Pacific theater of WWII (Okinawa) - and he always urged us to "tune" our minds and hands - and "reach for goodness" - "never presume immortality" - "share your little discoveries along the way".

Happy Sunday - Bob
 
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