Big thank you to Brad for sending in a full size banksia pod to play with on Dunkin Junk! This was the first time I tried casting banksia pods, and I’m hooked! The blue resin was a great match to the brown tones of the banksia pod, and the holes in the banksia really popped with the transparent resin.
These razor handles are very simple to make, it’s just a matter of shaping the blank and drilling out a hole. I tapped it with a 1/4-20 tap to match the threads on the razor blade neck, but you could even get by with an oversize hole and glue the stem into the blank. The razor heads are available at most pen turning supply stores online, I believe I purchased mine from The Golden Nib.
The banksia pod was not stabilized, and it turned very well without any chipping. The setup is fairly simple, but it does require a scroll chuck to hold the blank. Make sure to provide proper support with the tail stock when turning a blank like this, or you could run into problems with chatter or even worse having the blank break.
This was a Dunkin’ Junk! Live stream replay. I do the resin casting and turning on my livestream on Twitch Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM Pacific time. It’s definitely the best resource for resin casting information on the web. Head over to my Twitch Channel and click the follow button to be notified when I go Live. I do resin casting on Wednesday and turn the blanks from the previous week on Saturday.
For a list of tools, equipment, and materials I use, check out my resources page on my website. I’ve listed links to most of the products I use. I’ve gotten most of the major turning and resin casting tools and supplies up already, and I’m always adding more to the list.