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    Quote Originally Posted by Unique View Post
    Welcome to the forum Frederick - this place is a font of knowledge - really helpful people and I'm sure you'll find most if not all the answers you need

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    Bonding with like minded penmakers can ease the way in and give you breathing space, enjoy the journey Fred from over here welcome and enjoy the spring when it decides to reveal itself.

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    Hi and welcome Frederick I will be HERE with the woodturning club I belong to come along and have a chat
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    Hi Frederick,

    I use Alumilite resin which I get from Here. http://www.metalclay.co.uk/categories/Resin/

    There are many different products but I like this one the best. You do need a pressure pot and compressor to get rid of bubbles.

    If you want a blank to turn let me know and I will send one to you.

     
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul hd View Post
    Hi Frederick,

    I use Alumilite resin which I get from Here. http://www.metalclay.co.uk/categories/Resin/

    There are many different products but I like this one the best. You do need a pressure pot and compressor to get rid of bubbles.

    If you want a blank to turn let me know and I will send one to you.
    Hi Paul,

    That is very kind of you. You are a good crowd here. I will have a look at the address and see what they have. I have heard of Alumilite before but thought it was only available in the USA for some reason.
    What I would like to do is make some blanks out of the sawdust and shavings I have in the dust collector. I have many different shavings from many woods and I think it may make
    a rather attractive piece. Now I know where to start I can make a start. I don't have a vacuum or pressure chamber as yet. Looking for ways to make one.
    Thanks again for the help and advice.

    Regards
    Frederick

     
     
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    I have just seen where you are at.....i am Maidstone and Gravesend so pretty local.....There is a great bunch of turners at the Friary in Aylesford and a couple do pens....i am not a member but have met a few.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frederick View Post
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    Thanks, I will contact them.
    Thanks again.

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    Frederick
    And a little further away but still in Kent www.gardenofenglandwoodturners.org this is the one I belong to
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    Hi Frederick - welcome aboard. For myself, I'm not best placed to help you with resins and casting I'm afraid - all my knowledge on that subject is purely theoretical as it's not something I do myself. However, there are plenty of folks here who do, some of whom drop in regularly, whilst some others only from time to time, but I'm sure you will acquire a reasonable understanding of the topic fairly soon.

    In the meantime though, a brief overview is that there are three main types of resin:
    Polyester - probably the easiest to cast as it requires no pressure pot, although it's obnoxiously smelly to cast and the result is quite brittle, however it's the cheapest option if you want a clear resin. Many a good blank is cast in polyester.
    Polyurethane - of which Alumilite (a trade name) is an example - requires a pressure pot but the result is much less brittle, and it lends itself much better to casting certain types of colouring mediums or inclusions so I understand.
    Epoxy - slower setting and to be honest I can't remember if it is best with a pot or not, but in any eventuality is is the least popular of the three.

    I say this not as an expert, but simply to mention the main types in the absence so far of more comprehensive answers. I'm sure someone will be along soon to flesh out the details and explain the pros and cons of each type.
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    Hi Frederick, Welcome to the pen forum. As you can see from your replies, we are just normal people out here. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Dart View Post
    Hi Frederick - welcome aboard. For myself, I'm not best placed to help you with resins and casting I'm afraid - all my knowledge on that subject is purely theoretical as it's not something I do myself. However, there are plenty of folks here who do, some of whom drop in regularly, whilst some others only from time to time, but I'm sure you will acquire a reasonable understanding of the topic fairly soon.

    In the meantime though, a brief overview is that there are three main types of resin:
    Polyester - probably the easiest to cast as it requires no pressure pot, although it's obnoxiously smelly to cast and the result is quite brittle, however it's the cheapest option if you want a clear resin. Many a good blank is cast in polyester.
    Polyurethane - of which Alumilite (a trade name) is an example - requires a pressure pot but the result is much less brittle, and it lends itself much better to casting certain types of colouring mediums or inclusions so I understand.
    Epoxy - slower setting and to be honest I can't remember if it is best with a pot or not, but in any eventuality is is the least popular of the three.

    I say this not as an expert, but simply to mention the main types in the absence so far of more comprehensive answers. I'm sure someone will be along soon to flesh out the details and explain the pros and cons of each type.
    Hello Phil

    Thank you for the warm welcome and comprehensive answer. I feel now that I am heading in the right direction. At least I now know what is available and what ask for.

    Cheers
    Frederick

     
     

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