Brushmakers Forum- calling all Turners

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by jtspartan, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    Interesting. I had a lot of voids in the resin, linen and metal shavings blanks I made. Luckily because of the brass shavings in one and the aluminum shavings in the other two I was able to easily fill the voids with CA and shavings and it blended perfectly with the blanks. I'd like to try making some more blanks eventually. Do you mind sharing what resin you used, it looks fantastic. I used fiberglass resin on the first and Castin craft on the other two. The Castin craft was easier to turn but no less smelly. If you'd rather not share your secrets I completely understand. Either way Happy turning your work is very inspirational.
     
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  2. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    I don’t really have any trade secrets. I used Mastercast 1-2-1 for my last few batches. I use Ecopoxy metallic powder for colouring as that is what my local store carries. I have green, blue and coral and sometimes do mix them. I have only made 4 all resin brushes, but have made quite a few resin/wood mixes. I am very much still learning myself, hence the creation of this thread!
     
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  3. 9nein9

    9nein9 El Scratcho

    Nicely done Jason!
     
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  4. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    How are the fumes on those products when mixing and pouring? They look like they finish quite well how are they for turning.
    The fiberglass resin was a pain. I definitely won't use that again.
     
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  5. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    Very low fumes. This particular resin is very hard and sort of brittle when turning. You have to take care not to chip it out. Drills easily enough for the hole. Finishes very, very well though. Mirror finish even without CA (my razor stands are bare). Earlier in the thread I mentioned the Ecopoxy casting resin, which was really inconsistent for me, but turned quite well.
     
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  6. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    Always tradeoffs I guess. Either easily turns but doesn't finish as well or turns hard but takes a spectacular finish.
    Didn't use a CA finish on my brush because i like the texture of the linen material in the resin. However I did put CA on my friends brush because he likes the glassy finish.
     
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  7. 9nein9

    9nein9 El Scratcho

    I used fiberglass resin for a handle before also but added paint for color . Really retarded the drying time . Blank was brittle and soft in places after a weeks curing and fumes overwhelmed me when turning. It dissintigrated while spinning in the lathe and luckily my body was off to the side .
    Tried a second pour with paint and upped the hardener. It got hot fast and ery forcefully popped air out the top. Ran out side with it and threw it from the deck . There was another loud mini explosion before it hit the snow . This blank dissintigrated like glass. End of experiment with resin for now ..
    Looking back I can laugh now that I'm wearing clean shorts!
     
  8. GAW9576

    GAW9576 Well-Known Member

    Wow actuall explosions, my experience was not nearly that negative. But that does make for a great indecent to retell and laugh about.
     
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  9. 9nein9

    9nein9 El Scratcho

    I think it was due to heat buildup in the container I had it in as usually one never adds too much hardener unless the temps are lower . Kinda gave me a surprise and a laugh.
     
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  10. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    I wonder if adding paint made a difference. I use a powdered dye and do know there are concentrated liquid versions as well. The paint is maybe adding other ‘stuff’ to the mix as well...
     
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  11. 9nein9

    9nein9 El Scratcho

    Probably right about that. I know boat builders use powder to color the outside gel area of the hull. Maybe I had too many chemicals involved . I have another idea I havent tried yet . Less dangerous.
     
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  12. 9nein9

    9nein9 El Scratcho

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    Handles installed in heads today. Nice solid feel and balance . Applied tung oil to both then painted one black . I like the contrast.
     
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  13. brit

    brit in a box

    fantastic job Patrick..
     
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  14. brit

    brit in a box

    stunning brush by Jason @jtspartan .omega 10098 replica with its knot..awesome job..thank you.. 20200302_180124_edited.jpg
     
  15. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    Here are three I finished last week.

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  16. 9nein9

    9nein9 El Scratcho

    Thanks Gary!
     
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  17. 9nein9

    9nein9 El Scratcho

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    9nein9 El Scratcho

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  19. brit

    brit in a box

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  20. brit

    brit in a box

    thank you ..
     
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