|Project by Brett||posted 07-21-2015 05:13 AM||667 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
This is a fun and rewarding experiment with turning and finishing acrylic!
The project was simple, a turned handle for an ice cream scoop. What is different about it was how I was able to get the acrylic to have a texture to it along with the ultra-smooth and shiny finish.
The blank was an “acrylester” blank purchased from Woodcraft. Anyone who has turned an acrylester blank knows that they are very brittle and chip out really easy. One advantage of the brittle nature of these is that they can be roughed out very quickly with the chip out and then aggressive sanding is used to remove the divots left behind from that chip out. After that one can start to take easy cuts and put any details into the profile and then start the finish sanding routine to get a polished mirror finish on the piece.
I went through the rough chip out to get the majority of the material removed and then start my final cuts to get the desired shape. My plan was for a basic shape to show off the amazing color and swirls in the blank itself not to make the shape the more appealing part of the piece. After all, it’s just an ice cream scoop! ;)
Anyway, once I got to the rough out done I stopped the lathe and looked and the mess that was left behind. What I found was that all of the divots left by the chip out roughing were very shiny and it had a very appealing texture left behind. I thougtht for a moment on how I could keep this texture and still get the smooth finish that is so nice on acrylic pieces. I decided to just start sanding and leave the divots in!
This is how it came out. It’s unique, looks cool, and it gives some texture to help with grip which is very useful when scooping hard ice cream! The pictures don’t do the colors or the textue justice but hopefully you can get the idea and see the beauty in it’s uniqueness!
As always, thanks for looking and comments always appreciated!
-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com