Jimmy DiResta Tribute: Titanium Icepick, Epoxy and Cholla cactus skeleton 1 of 3

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Project by Tappar posted 01-10-2016 06:24 PM 1089 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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What is an icepick for (other than breaking up ice?)
From the man himself:

Jimmy Diresta was a huge inspiration and I probably wouldn’t have started my youtube channel without him, so this is the first icepick out of 3 I will be making as a tribute to him! (hey the package came with that many, I can’t waste em)

I decided to up the ante and get get titanium spikes to make handles for. Having never really played with (or possibly touched) titanium I have been wanting to mess with some for a while now. There is also something I like about bringing together such a natural handle with an almost surgical top.

As for the handle, about 5 years ago I had taken a trip back to Santa Fe NM where I grew up and grabbed a few pieces of dead Cholla cactus wood. To anyone who didn’t grow up around these, the living examples can be quite nasty. I have a few childhood memories of my parents getting out the pliers to remove the thorns. After the fleshy part decays away you are left with a very beautiful supporting matrix. It isn’t very strong on its own, but fill the gaps with epoxy…

The biggest issue I still haven’t quite figured out is how to fill these with the 2 part epoxy and have the casing come off easily. It took a while to get all of the foil tape off and I had to do quite a bit more sanding because of it. Other then that this is a pretty technically straightforward project aside from the unusual materials used.

This one ended up as a christmas present for one of my brothers, he is a fellow fan and I figured he would get a kick out of it

Please enjoy and check out Jimmy’s channel, he has some great projects and inspiration on there!

Links from the video:
Oak and Epoxy Box:
Fairy House:

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#1 posted 01-10-2016 10:34 PM

I would make the casing using aluminum fold well waxed with Johnson’s paste wax. That should help it come off.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 07:08 PM

I have paste wax and a PVA mold release compound that I use with carbon fiber parts, the problem with this is that tape has an adhesive backing that wouldn’t stick if waxed/pva’d. I have tried just folding foil etc and it tends to leak through the seams it if isn’t incredibly well sealed. It will go through electrical tape, masking tape, and packing tape pretty tightly wound. Maybe a layer of waxed foil with this around the outside to seal it, that could work :)

I would make the casing using aluminum fold well waxed with Johnson s paste wax. That should help it come off.

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