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Cholla Cactus Blanks | Dunkin Junk

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In this Dunkin Junk Live replay, the audience voted to cast cholla cactus. We cast the cholla in Alumilite Clear Slow-Set resin to make turning blanks. I turned a cigar style pen out of one of the blanks with a color swirl mixture of blue-green and copper pearl powders. The cholla was awesome to work with and created some really interesting patterns in the blanks.

You can watch the entire process of casting and turning, just tune into the live streams on my Twitch channel using your computer or on your mobile device with the Twitch app. Wednesdays are dedicated to resin casting and Saturday’s I turn up the blanks from the week before. I go live both days at 2PM Pacific time. https://www.twitch.tv/nvwoodwerks

 

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Dave Roush September 11, 2017, 8:11 AM

So, why aren’t you selling these pretty, pretty blanks?

Zac Higgins September 11, 2017, 8:56 AM

You have to tune into the live streams, I auction off all the extra blanks that I cast during the show. Wednesdays and Saturday’s 2-5 PM Pacific time on my Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/nvwoodwerks

James Eden October 3, 2017, 12:48 PM

Enjoy all your videos. Can’t seem to catch you on twitch, so I watch on YouTube later when I have time. This may not be the place for this question, but have you ever tried to stabilize, and cast wood that has been partially burnt? I live in a small town where almost anything goes. lol Someone in town was burning a small tree they had cut down. I got there to late to salvage anything, but there was a lot of burls that were lost. Anyway there was part of the trunk with a burl that had smoldered and went out before it was totally ashes. I picked it up and chopped it with a ax. Inside it had some brown fading into the black. Can’t really explain how it glistened and reflected in the sunlight when moved back and forth. (Simular to curly wood) That’s what made me wonder if it could be stabilized and cast like a worthless wood blank. The soot would be a challenge, and not good on your lungs. I thought it might be a good idea for a Dunkin Junk video. Thank you, and I apologize for the lengthy post.

Zac Higgins October 3, 2017, 3:14 PM

Hey James, glad to hear you’re enjoying the videos. Sorry to hear you haven’t been able to catch the live stream, hope you can one of these days. It’s pretty fun, we just play around with casting and turning, great group of folks who come each week too. I haven’t tried stabilizing something burnt, but I would imagine it would work at least somewhat. The only thing is it would change the characteristics of the wood once stabilized, so the effects you are seeing may disappear when it got stabilized

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