This time I show you how I cast and turned a pinecone bowl blank out of Alumilite using my “Alpine” pen blank design for the color mixture. I used a really awesome idea that I got from Brendan Stemp on YouTube for how to cast the bowl.
Rather than cast a big block of resin and waste the majority of it away when hollowing out the bowl, I just used a plastic bowl that I picked up at the dollar store for the mold then used a shaped wood plug for the center made from glued up 2×4’s. It makes it super quick to core out the bowl, and you save a ton of resin!
Unfortunately, I miscalculated how deep the wood plug went into the mold and ended up turning into the wood. So, I decided to cover up the pine that was showing in the bottom of the bowl with more resin. The fix worked pretty well, and it’s hardly noticeable now. Next time, I will definitely be using a shorter wood plug!
Check out Brendan Stemp’s video on making bowl shaped castings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-81Cwk9lPg
Links to Tools & Materials Used
Bowl Mold: Dollar Store
Pinecones: I used a huge pinecone that I picked up in Tahoe that I stabilized and sliced into thinner sections