DIY Pine Cone And Resin Scale / Blank

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DIY Pine Cone And Resin Scale / Blank 5
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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:
And use code: "blackbeardprojects" For 10% off your orders (affiliate marketing).

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

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

Author — Mikey

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

Author — ManCraftingTM

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

Author — Smacky Gamer

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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

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

Author — Sharp Works

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Oh wow, i absolutely adore these. Thank you.

Author — marnie p

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Wonderful. The best thing i have seen ❤️

Author — Phan Hoàng Ngữ

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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

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

Author — Based Bidoof

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

Author — Zenmasterme

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👏👏beautiful my friend, congratulations

Author — Neander Araujo

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

Author — A J H PRODUCTIONS

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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

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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

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

Author — StuffUCanMake

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

Author — Ian Stradian

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

Author — matt heeb

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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

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

Author — Steve SteveS