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valuable Marble from plastic

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Emile Corre emilecorre

valuable Marble from plastic

09/02/2017 at 14:21

Hi guys:)

Last week I started working on blocks of plastic with a more valuable feeling. I am working at the workshop of Dave and I am using his machines.

this will be te things I work on in this topic:

Different kinds of marbles.

clean edges

polishing, get it shiny

facets Shaping

Give it a valuable (precious) look.

First block is made from flakes of PS, in the compression oven for 120 min on 230 C. Cooling over night in the oven, this is still a bit a struggle if you want to make many blocks a day.

When it came out it gave a slightly yellow color but with sandpaper it becomes more white and has a nice stone look.

more will follow…..

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09/02/2017 at 15:14

Clean edges

The edges from the plastic coming out of the mold are always a bit unfinished and give a cheap look.

I made some edges with metal and used it as guideline for the sanding paper to get real tight edges. first grain 180 > 240 > 400

It gives already a more valuable stone look.

11/02/2017 at 15:49

On this TEST I tried to have different patterns in the plastic (PP) by using the extrusion machine to mix the flakes. When the plastic was extruded in the mold it went into the compression. because it was very cold it cooled down to much and took about 3 ours on 230C to get is wel compressed.

the effect is working in the way that it has a very different look than the flakes. I facet shaped the edges again to give it a more finished look.

11/02/2017 at 18:14

looks awesome. where do you see it being used?

13/02/2017 at 20:00

Hi Sharma-Sagar,

What I am testing on the moment is mostly for material research. when the plastic comes out of a handmade mold it is nearly never perfect or has a non valuable look. My challenge is to see it ass a real craft and see if it gets more valuable by that.


13/02/2017 at 20:59

Polishing ABS plastic to get is nice and shiny:)

For this block of ABS I used the same mold as before, made a new angle to make bigger facets and tried to get it shiny.

First i used sanding paper from grain 120 > 1200. I tried to do it with brass polish but it didn’t work out. Then I used toothpaste that nearly everyone has at home 🙂 The effect is decent but still have to get out the last little scratches.

More will follow

13/02/2017 at 21:35

@emilecorre it looks good.. have you tried a wood sander?

13/02/2017 at 21:37

@emilecorre also Google acetone bath. its used for giving smoother finish to 3d printed abs, may or may not be useful for you though

19/02/2017 at 17:08

@Sharma-Sagar Thanks for the hints:)

Last week I did some new experiments to give the plastic a new valuable look.
From waste to craft, I worked the plastic with the chisel.
It went pretty good in al different types of plastic and it gave a new feeling to the material.

19/02/2017 at 17:41

In this experiment I tried to give another look than the flake-look to the plastic. I used the extrusion to mix colors in a different way and get new patterns.

20/02/2017 at 11:41

Some pretty cool results there! The one with the extrusion looks a bit like an abstract painting.

I wonder if it would be possible to sandblast plastic.

22/02/2017 at 12:08

Looks great!
The marble effect looks just like the marble laminate that is often used on kitchen benches… That would be a great possible use for the polished product @emilecorre!
Look forward to seeing more 😀

22/02/2017 at 23:20

@siemenc the sandblasting could be a very nice finish indeed! I see that they are doing it with 3D printed objects, did you try it already?

@thanks aidenryan!

In this test I tried to extrude PS, In the beginning it dind’t come out very smooth but after some hustle I found the right settings on the extrusion machine: 230 C on front 215 C middle and a speed of 15-20.
After this it went into the compression for 135 min on 230 C, finally cooled down after long waiting…..
It came out pretty nice and smooth, when I cutted the block in half I noticed that the strings from the extrusion where not thorough the same color.

23/02/2017 at 04:12

Cool! @emilecorre Love the experiments!

23/02/2017 at 17:34

@emilecorre Cool. Plastic pie.
Nope, no experience with doing sandblasting myself, unfortunately.

24/02/2017 at 22:34

First of all, Welcome to Precious Plastic @emilecorre (Sorry, 22 days late :P)
And second, I love your project. I have been thinking about making my own compression mould but never though about it for artistic purposes, but after looking at your creations, I can see that making Marble-like art out of plastic is more than feasible, and simply stunning. Congratulations.

11/09/2017 at 13:20

@emilecorre , really cool stuff. What kind of steel type did you use for the molding?
is it stainless steel?

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