DIY Pine Cone And Resin Scale / Blank

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DIY Pine Cone And Resin Scale / Blank 5

Making two set of stabilized pine cone and resing.
It's a pretty common blank, I've seen it used many time as handles or turned for pens and so on. Wanted to try and make it myself because I really like how it looks and now with the vacuum chamber and pressure pot that I built in previous video I have all tools necesarry to hopefully make it work. With the second set I did a better job at centering the pine cones and I also like better the contrast of orange and purple dye. With the first one I notices some tiny bubbles still present near the center of the pine cone so with the other one I tried to degass the whole assembly with the vacuum pump before the resin had a chance to thicken up and then I place it to cure under pressure. But, as I have already notice in another video while making micarca, that had very little effect to the end result and I still had a couple of tiny holes in the center.

All materials for this project kindly provided by RESIN PRO find everything here:
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Process of stabilizing is shown in details here:
Video about making the vacuum pump and chamber:
Video about making the pressure pot:
Video about pressure vs vacuum in composite materials:

Index of operation and materials:
0:15 Drying pine cones with pid controlled oven. 12 hours at 120°C (248°F)
0:27 Taking pine cones out of the oven before it cools down and placing it inside a sealed container so it does not absorb moisture
0:40 After the pine cones are cool completely covering in stabilizing resin
0:55 Slowly raising vacuum to prevent excessive bubbling
1:12 Taking to maximum vaccum and holding it for 4 hours or untill bubble stop rising
1:22 Slowly releasing vacuum then leave to soak inside the stabilizing resin overnight (12 hours)
1:45 Packing each piece individually in aluminum foil
2:06 Lefover resin can be collected and used over and over
2:24 Curing resin (stabilizing resin activates with heat) 2 hours at 95°C (203°F)
3:10 Removing excess resin
3:30 Grinding a flat side on the pine cones
3:45 Silicone mold and 3d printed petg holder box
4:00 Mixing epoxy resin (following manufacturer instructions)
4:14 Adding few drops of resin dyes
4:54 Mixing two glass of different color resin
5:20 Pouring one color on each side
5:33 Stick to hold pine cones down
5:41 Resing left to cure overnight under pressure to mitigate bubbles
6:37 Cutting eccess pine cone on band saw
7:05 Squaring up the blank to mark a precise center line
7:37 Cutting the blank in half to use it as scales in full tang
8:07 Sanding flat sides with sandpaper on a piece of flat glass
8:33 Sanded up to 320 grint and applied a clear coat to simulate mirror finish
9:26 Can be used matt if not buffed to a mirror finish

If you don't know where to find dyes and silicone mold here you go:
Yes, these are all affiliate links, buy wherever you want.

I found the silicone mold searching for soap and bread mold.
The one I bought are 16.5x7.5 cm (6.5x2.9 in) but I find them to be a bit short now that I've used them for some blanks.
The one I linked are 24.6x7 cm (9.7x2.8 in) and come with a wooden box ready to use so you don't have make one (or 3d print) like I did. But I haven't tried that one out so I can't guarantee for quality. Find one that fits your needs!

I bought the stabilizing resin here:

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Author — Black Beard Projects


One of the most beautiful things i've ever seen, true art.

Author — Mikey


Those turned out great. What type of knife will you be putting them on?

Author — ManCraftingTM


Neat! Those would be killer scales for a straight razor. Thanks for sharing!

Author — Smacky Gamer


I hope we get to see these used!
and if the knife had some engraving, matching these scales, that would be very cool.

Author — Codi Watson


These scales with a Damascus knife would be a perfect match!

Author — Sharp Works


Oh wow, i absolutely adore these. Thank you.

Author — marnie p


Wonderful. The best thing i have seen ❤️

Author — Phan Hoàng Ngữ


First time I have such feelings when art is giving me both oposite feelings - amazing and awfull feelings about object I see.
Amazing because it realy is beautiful and awful because it kind a reminds strangee warm or something:-)))

Author — Playground dolls


nice 3d printed silicone holder box. that's pretty neat, bet you thought i wasn't gonna notice

Author — Based Bidoof


It truly seems like everything you touch turns to gold!!

Author — Zenmasterme


👏👏beautiful my friend, congratulations

Author — Neander Araujo


Amazing video bro! I love your projects! They push us to new heights of what we feel capable of...



The amber colored one is perfect! I'll be interested to see what you put them on... I'd probably make a nice camp chopper with a good sized handle so you can preserve as much of the cone as possible... plus it fits the theme.

Author — Paul Hurtado


Wow, man! Those are beautiful. I really enjoy the look of the lack of center in the one blue and green one. Looks like hovering pedals. Great work!

Author — darksi226


Oh man, you are really creative. I like this!

Author — StuffUCanMake


Can’t wait to see them on a knife or something.

Author — Ian Stradian


I'd like to make those into squares for coasters, they look great!

Author — matt heeb


Well done! Always a pleasure to watch your work. I like the clear look very much, I haven't seen that too often. I'm actually (hopefully) getting new video out tomorrow with a knife with something similar for handle.

Author — Odd Tinkering


Stunning! I would really like to se those on a knife - next video, maybe?

Author — Steve SteveS