Custom Bottle Openers
A couple weeks before Father’s Day I was asked to make some custom acrylic handled bottle openers. Not a problem, I can do this and the primary color was to be orange. Once a again not a problem or so I thought.
I decided that a good secondary color would be yellow or gold. So Mary (my lovely wife and assistant) and I got to mixing up the Alumilite. I poured parts A & B and Mary stirred them together. I added orange coloring to the Alumilite and it turned red. Wait red? So I put in more orange coloring and it was still red. More coloring, still red. I added gold flakes to the other clear Alumilite that we had stirred up and that was gold. We were running out of time. We have seven minutes from the time that part A and B start being mixed together until the mixture has to be in the mold and under air pressure or else the urethane acrylic starts to harden and the air bubbles are too big and will leave voids in the acrylic. The air pressure makes the air bubbles so small that they aren’t a problem. I realize that seven minutes sounds like plenty of time but it can get intense especially if things don’t seem to be going quite as planned.
So we are at five and a half minutes and things aren’t looking good. Actually they are looking great but it’s red and not orange. We pour the colors into the mold and mix them together to get some swirls working for us. We just made it under the allotted time and the proof will be once they are turned.
The next day I took the block out from under pressure and, yup, it’s still red and gold. I cut the block up into the 4 blanks that I needed and the block is still showing red and gold but the shavings that were created during the cutting process are orange. Well all right, now things are looking up.
I start to turn the first handle and the handle looks like it’s red and gold but the shavings on the floor, the lathe and me are orange and gold. I get the handle done and polished up and it’s a beautiful red and gold but not orange, unlike my shop. These shavings are clinging to everything. You can see every place that I walked because I am leaving behind a trail of orange shavings.
We show the customer two of the openers to see what she thinks of them, and luckily for us, she loved them. They really are spectacular. The coloring has a lot of depth to it and if you rotate the handles in the light things seem to change and shift.
- Kim Dailey
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New Ferris mini-grinders added to the store
I've just uploaded a new color combination to our Ferris mini-grinder page; Blue and Natural or maybe they should be called blue and white. Either way, they are beautiful and would look great in your home.
This color combination starts out as 1/16 inch birch veneer that has been dyed and glued together. For these mini-grinders, there are two layers of blue and two layers of natural (white) repeating over and over.
The Ferris mini-grinders feature a ceramic grinding mechanism that will grind either salt or pepper and the size of the grind is adjusted by the knob on the top. Another great feature is the black and chrome tops that make it easier to tell them apart on your table or counter. The compact size makes them easy to take outside to your picnic table or to your tailgate party.
The blue and natural Ferris mini-grinder set will please even the most difficult to shop for people on your list (mother-in-laws) or maybe it's time to just reward yourself for all of your hard work that you've put in this year.