often go awry.
I had decided to experiment with the resin grout idea. There were things I was concerned about.
Would the resin be soaked up by wood end grain?
Would there be air bubbles?
How easy would it be to lay the ‘grout in?
Would I get the mix right (resin to hardener to pigment)?
To this end I made two patterns to experiment with
I masking taped around their edges so that the resin wouldn’t escape
I was ready for the resin. First problem. I’ve had it for a few months. The top part of the can was hard. The can was dentable further down though. I decided to poke a screwdriver through the top of the can. The first cm or so was spongy. Then I broke through to a liquid layer. I decanted this out to an MDPE based container. This was becoming a once only operation. I would have to think on my feet and make quick decisions as to whether to progress. Bugger!
I used syringes to mix the resin components with. 100 ml of resin, 1.5 ml of hardener and 2.5 ml of pigment. This all became very messy. It’s been over 40 years since I last played with this sort of stuff. What had I done? However I mixed it all up and put some of it in a 60 ml syringe and proceeded to pipe it into the test pieces. The result
Well what should I do? It’s now or never. I was happy enough with the way the test pieces had gone re: the process of piping the stuff in. The resin was going off as I thought. Oh blow it, go for it. I piped the pattern board too.
Making as sure as I could that there were no air bubbles. I hadn’t had time to tape the outside. Trust to luck on that one. I hoped it was going to set fairly quickly so I ignored my worry over absorbsion via the end grain. I think its OK. I don’t know yet. At 30 minutes after the last bit went in the remaining stuff in the tub had turned to gel
I can’t remember whether this is an intermediary stage on the way to hardening.Was the resin off or had I got the mix wrong? So I have ended up winging it after all. What is the result? As I said I don’t know. I’ll give it a day to harden (if it will). If it doesn’t, as a gel, I can dig it out of the pattern and try something else.
It’s not the end of the world. I wasn’t making it for someone else, on a tight time-scale. If I’ve ruined the pattern I can make another.
Be seeing you
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com