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Cotton Balls + Epoxy = Faux Stone Snowman

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Project by Peter Brown posted 12-06-2014 06:50 PM 1601 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Cotton Balls + Epoxy = Faux Stone Snowman
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The ornament almost has a stone quality to it with the ribbons of cotton running through the ornament. It was a pretty easy project and certainly one worth trying!

I started by filling a small water bottle full of cotton balls. Then I mixed up about 10oz of epoxy and poured it in. At this point I had no idea what it was going to look like, or if it was going to turn out at all.

I gave the epoxy a day to cure before attempting any work. Since the bottle had been misshapen from the heat of the glue curing, I had to square up the bottom on the band saw.

Then it was off to the lathe. I drilled a 3/8 hole and mounted it on my bottle stopper mandrel! Brought up the tailstock and roughed a shape in. The epoxy turns well, and it is pretty easy to work.


After that I switched to a 60* cone center and that gave me access to the top of his head. and the nice starter hole for my eye hook. After a little more refinement I wet sanded to 400 grit and called it done!

I think it’s one of my favorite pieces. It has a stone look too it and an elegance I was not expecting from glue and cotton balls! Thanks for looking!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters





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#1 posted 12-06-2014 07:17 PM

What a great idea! Additional features could be glued or painted on (eyes, scarf, hat) to personalize them – great craft idea for a kid’s party. I bet they a lighter weight than a typical solid turned wood ornament. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#2 posted 12-06-2014 07:22 PM

Well.. this is a good idea! I rather enjoyed the personalization concept. Thanks for the tip

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#3 posted 12-06-2014 08:48 PM



What a great idea! Additional features could be glued or painted on (eyes, scarf, hat) to personalize them – great craft idea for a kid s party. I bet they a lighter weight than a typical solid turned wood ornament. Thanks for sharing.

- leafherder

It’s actually a bit weighty. About 4oz or so. I like the personalization idea! That’s cool!


Well.. this is a good idea! I rather enjoyed the personalization concept. Thanks for the tip

- JacktheLumberjacker

Thanks! It was fun to make!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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#4 posted 12-06-2014 08:51 PM

Very nice thanks for sharing…...

-- EPJ,Calif

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Paul Bucalo

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#5 posted 12-07-2014 02:00 PM

Cool project. Very interesting results. It looks like a wax figurine when finished and the shavings from the turning resemble plastic. I never would have expected the concoction to look like this before and after.

I’m also surprised you didn’t save up on white HDPE for this project. ;)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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