Scales Experiment

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by joamo, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. joamo

    joamo Well-Known Member

    I watched a few videos on plastic recycling recently and thought I would give it a try.
    This is the results of my first attempt making scales from self-recycled HDPE (2) plastic.
    Bottle caps, a detergent bottle, coffee container, milk jug and a mustard bottle (all HDPE, High Density PolyEthylene) were cut up into chips and strips and melted in a toaster oven at about 350 degrees F. Then it was sandwiched and clamped between two boards and left to cool.
    The resulting sheet was then cut and shaped into scales. Not bad for a first try but can definitely be improved.
    My next attempt will be a lot less chaotic in the pattern and colors and at some point I'll likely try melting directly into a scale mold.
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  2. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Love the creativity and design! Great work. :eatdrink047:
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  3. brit

    brit in a box

    very cool..
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  4. ischiapp

    ischiapp Well-Known Member

    I've played a while ago with HPDE.
    This channel has lot of info.
    Some, very important.
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  5. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Groovy, baby!
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  6. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    What a great idea

    The results look pretty damn good too
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  7. Trigger

    Trigger Double Jedi Knight

    Great job and an ingenious method to produce one-of-a-kind scales.
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  8. poppi

    poppi Well-Known Member

    That really looks good. Congrats on a fine job
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  9. lightcs1776

    lightcs1776 Well-Known Member

    Very nice. It makes for a nice looking razor.

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  10. Suhrim21

    Suhrim21 Well-Known Member

    Looks great. Definitely applaud the creative way to reduce carbon footprint. I wonder if you can add dye and get more or less one color that would have gradients to it due to the different colors to start with.
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  11. joamo

    joamo Well-Known Member

    A few more blanks, new scales this weekend.
    Yellow, white black and milk jug:
    Milk jug and green otc supplement bottle:
    Translucence of milk jug, it is clear when melted and gets milky when cool:
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  12. Jim99

    Jim99 Gold Water Shaver

    Very cool! What do you use to cut and shape the scales?
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  13. joamo

    joamo Well-Known Member

    Scroll saw to cut then rough shape with a Dremel sanding drum. The rest is hand sanding.
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  14. ischiapp

    ischiapp Well-Known Member

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