Continuing my journey through Resins and Woods, I am making a lidded box out of some special Butternut and using an insert, made from Art Resin, as the feature for the lid. The Butternut is special because it holds sentimental value. The wood came from a piece of Butternut wood I got from my late Father In-laws wood collection. A part of him will always be with this piece.
The insert was made using Art Resin and Pearl Ex powered pigments. I made the insert using multiple colours and pouring the resin in layers, waiting until each layer harden sufficiently (about 4 1/2 hours). In the middle layer I added small metal cogwheels. Then I put a final layer of clear resin over that to encapsulate the cogwheels. I have a BLOG post that describes what I had done to make this and other inserts.
The video shows the blank and the turning including making the recess for the insert and attaching it with medium CA glue. I also added a small recess around the insert to highlight the insert.
When I was sanding the box and lid, I ran into a problem getting the insert to shine. So I went to the Art Resin website and looked through the FAQ and found a solution, of just adding a thin layer of resin the over top to give a clear coat. Their website has lots of good info on using the resin.
So armed with a solution, I roughed up the resin area with 80 grit sandpaper. Before adding any resin, I coloured the recess around the insert with a black Art Mind felt marker, I had a small quantity of Amazing Cast Clear, and as I wanted to finish it off, I used this instead of Art Resin. I poured the resin over top of the insert and recess and then decided to cover the top of the lid in one go. This sealed the top of the lid perfectly.
What I learned in this project was an easy way to make the Art Resin inserts shine, and that was by adding a skim coat of resin over the insert. What this will mean in future projects, I will have to add sufficient depth to the recess for any wood turning project if I want to pour a skim coat over the insert. Also as far as sanding, do all the sanding before adding any inserts.
A good little project to improve the woodturning skills and learn a bit about resin and wood.
Until next time...
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