Stabilizing stuff

Bruno

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Ok so I found out the hard way that if you leave them like this a couple of days, they will bend the wrong way. Nearly destroyed one by trying to force it back. The good news is that you can use a blowdryer to heat the scales, and if you press them and let them cool down, you can reverse the curvature.

Good news, because this is fairly fragile. I wouldn't trust that to remain under tension and not break.
 

Bruno

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Yes and no. I glued the CF to it on both sides, and then cut the block lengthwise.
Not sure if the CF expanded, or the resin contracted. I suspect the former.
But the blow dryer fixed it. I took a piece of steel of 5", and ground away some on both ends, and both sides, and clamped the scales to it when they were hot. I let them cool, and now they are hard again, but with the correct curvature. That is a nice thing about resin it seems. Hot air makes it a bit malleable.
 

Bruno

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2 handles I recently finished. The blue is absolutely my favorite and it is probably going to be the handle for a kitchen knife for myself. Not sure exactly what sort of knife. I only know I don't want to let it go.

The purple one is probably going to be a complex damascus Bowie or hunting knife that I am going to take to Texas next year and gift to whoever can arrange for me to shoot a gatling style minigun :D

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Bruno

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I actually prefer the bone I work with to be scarred, porous and spiderwebbed with cracks. That gives the epoxy places to expose itself, coming out of the core.
 

Bruno

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Count me out as I don't have a gatling style mini gun handy.:(
Lol I use that phrase from time to time when I have an idea to make something that doesn't have a buyer lined up. :)
But if anywhere has the option to do this, it'll probably be in Texas :p
 

Bruno

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For one of my projects i am making resin scales wirh fossil bone for the ends of the scales, cast in the resin.

Making sure the bone doesn't move around when air is expelled is important. I learned that the hard way. And also i don't want to use more resin than needed because it can be very wasteful.

This is what i came up with. I draw the shape ob cardboard, mold playdoh around it, and then put the bone in.

This way the bone always stays put and i don't need to use more resin than i want to.

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