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Keepsake Bowl from cherry bark and epoxy resin (Read 141 times)
 
Justin Hill
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Keepsake Bowl from cherry bark and epoxy resin
May 29th, 2021 at 9:35am
 
I made this from the bark of a cherry burl and epoxy resin with purple and blue pigment.  Please let me know what yall think.  All suggestions for improvement are welcome.  Thank you!

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Re: Keepsake Bowl from cherry bark and epoxy resin
Reply #1 - May 29th, 2021 at 4:53pm
 
This is beautiful. Couple of questions.
With the cost of resin, what would you estimate the cost of your poured blank?

When you make the pour, could you embed a balloon tupperware bowl or something in the center to reduce waste and coring time?

I've never turned resin but you have opened me to the possibility of trying
Thanks,

Pat
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Re: Keepsake Bowl from cherry bark and epoxy resin
Reply #2 - May 29th, 2021 at 5:17pm
 
Patrick Patterson wrote on May 29th, 2021 at 4:53pm:
I've never turned resin but you have opened me to the possibility of trying
Thanks,Pat

Resin pouring and turning is another rabbit hole to go down in this hobby. Just pouring the resin is not enough. You must remove all moisture from your wood first. Then a lot of the woods need to be stabilized using a vacuum chamber. Then to get bubble free resin pours you must pressurize the resin while it cures. For that you need a pressure vessel.

Check out YouTuber Zac Higgins. He has a bunch of how to videos for beginners.
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Re: Keepsake Bowl from cherry bark and epoxy resin
Reply #3 - May 30th, 2021 at 6:57am
 
Nice!
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Re: Keepsake Bowl from cherry bark and epoxy resin
Reply #4 - May 30th, 2021 at 9:31pm
 
Patrick Patterson wrote on May 29th, 2021 at 4:53pm:
This is beautiful. Couple of questions.
With the cost of resin, what would you estimate the cost of your poured blank?

When you make the pour, could you embed a balloon tupperware bowl or something in the center to reduce waste and coring time?

I've never turned resin but you have opened me to the possibility of trying
Thanks,

Pat


I can't remember how much resin I used on this one.  But, I do remember that it didn't take that much because my mold was slam full of Cherry Burl Bark.  Resin is fairly expensive.  There are all different types of tricks that one can use to save cost/waste on resin.  If I'm turning a bowl, I will fill the enter of the bowl that I'm going to cut out with a scrap block of wood that I don't mind wasting to save on resin.  There are several videos on YouTube that can give you some other ideas. 
As Robert said, using resin is a whole nother ball game.  But, its a lot of fun.  I don't us a vacuum chamber on any of my stuff.  But, I do use a pressurizer on everything.  Very important to get the bubbles out. 
Using resin has been a big learning curve for me.  My latest mess up, I think I'm going to post the video on it as a "fail", I spent 3 days turning, casting, turning and casting some more and ended up with a wooden Frisbee when I was trying to make a plate.  But, learned from it, and moved on.
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