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turning pine cones

robertb's picture

I've seen a few very beautiful pieces turned from pine cones. does anyone know what kind is best, and how to prepare one for turning?

RickL's picture

(post #77810, reply #1 of 3)

http://www.norcalwoodturners.org/


See the March News letter for pics. Basically it's pine cones in epoxy.

Drewpeacock's picture

(post #77810, reply #2 of 3)

Could someone explain the assembly for this project?


Bob

RickL's picture

(post #77810, reply #3 of 3)

Judging from the pics I've seen the pine cones are cast in epoxy resin then turned. You need to do research on casting epoxy. 


http://www.sculpt.com/catalog_98/CastingMaterials/EPOXY/epoxy.htm


You put the pinecones in a plastic dish and fill it with epoxy. Spray mold release to reuse the mold. Basically it's a bit of the sculpture process that is used initially. Pretty simple. Ed Moulthrop used a similar technique in his branch bowls. See the bottom left photo


http://www.hellergallery.com/ar_moult.htm