Monday, August 01, 2011
Yarn wrapped cone experiment - results
The pluses - It looks like a usable cone. It's nice and sparkly in the sun (better live than in the photo).
The minuses - It's not perfectly uniform. The surface is not smooth. The deck need cleaning and sealing.
I won't try to fill in the gaps since that will wash out its shininess and brightness. It will now be returned to my fleet of unused cones. I don't need another 29mm 3/4FNC rocket so I'm waiting for some fin/body options to make it more unique/odd.
Oops...just found I didn't publish the background post. So, there it is...
At LDRS 2000 in Orangeburg, SC, a local vendor was selling awesome looking cones made from yarn wrapped Styrofoam cores. They were cased in clear epoxy and looked great. When I gathered my cash and returned, they were sold out. I have tried yarn wrapped cones twice before. The first one had an AquaPod water bottle core and it was laminated with Mixwax Polycrylic. It didn't turn out a nice as the ones seen at LDRS, but I was happy. On the next try, I used a floral Styrofoam core and laminated it again with Polycrylic. I had tried West System epoxy, but it was not clear enough. The color of the yarn really was washed out. I have since painted it.
After sorting through my unused cones, I decided to try again using the cone that was turned from pink Styrofoam. I was going to try thin casting epoxy but is is so slow curing that I thought it would take a month of Sundays to complete. Being lazy, I am used Modgepodge, a thin white glue intended to seal jigsaw puzzles among other things.