This is the resin and cherry rolling pin after the first top coat. This project is taking a LONG time since there’s so much drying time between steps. But it’s almost finished!
More experiments! Moving on the alumilite. Not nearly as forgiving as epoxy! I wanted to test it 1) without a pressure pot to cast in and 2) in some porous wood. Success? It sort of filled, but tiny bubbles (think Don Ho?) throughout. The wood is awesome though! Some ratty old lamp base I found in the basement. Huzzah for recycling :-)
I put the first top coats on the rolling pin last night. This stuff is another type of resin, but it cures VERY slowly to allow bubbles to rise to the surface and pop on their own. No pressure or vacuum chambers required.
This stuff is FDA approved food safe which is the main reason I’m trying it.
Since it dries so slowly, I let my lathe turn on its slowest speed for a few hours while it set up in order to continually redistribute the resin for an even coat.
I was definitely nervous at this point in this ongoing experiment to try new things. Has anyone else taken a project a step further than they needed to for the sake of experimentation?