Cholla and resin vase

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4 inch cholla and resin vase Alumilite is the resin

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-- Ron Campbell

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#1 posted 02-12-2016 03:24 PM

very nice, hard for me to think of appropriate words.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 02-12-2016 06:37 PM

That color and texture goes directly to my soul..thx for sharing!

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#3 posted 02-12-2016 08:32 PM

Beautiful vase, it looks like a Boulder Opal! Thanks for sharing

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 02-12-2016 08:52 PM

This is amazing, Ron. Cholla is cactus. What’s that like on the lathe? Do you harden it before turning? Which Alumilite is it. I need to know what to look for. Is it a hard resin, a rigid foam, a flexible resin? What? I could see getting a lot of use out of such. A photo of the package would be helpful. PM me, please.

-- Mark

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Ronald G Campbell

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#5 posted 02-12-2016 09:18 PM

Alumilite is a two part resin. It has a 12 min open time, will stay in the liquid state for 12 min. It is poured into pvc pipe over the top of the cholla. The cholla is backed for 2 hours around 170 degrees. The resin has no tolerance for moisture. The product is exothermic it cures from its own heat. The heat will boil any moisture and leave you with bubbles I do not treat the cholla in any way. It stays together just fine Yes I almost forgot. I added mica powder. That is what makes the bright area in the casting. It reflects light well

Go to the website and you will the product i am using
Hope it helped

-- Ron Campbell

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#6 posted 02-12-2016 11:36 PM

That is a real beauty Ron, there seems to be a lot of work preparing these but well worth the effort. Thanks for the web site, interesting stuff.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#7 posted 02-13-2016 04:09 AM

That is absolutely beautiful, Ron.
That cholla cactus is pretty special and versatile casting material.
Love the resin colour.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 02-14-2016 04:53 PM

Looks great Ron. A real art piece.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 02-14-2016 08:34 PM

Wow! Very colorful. I like the shape of this one

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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