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Nice multicolor textured micarta (several pictures)

Ariel Salaverria Nov 30, 2004

  1. Ariel Salaverria

    Ariel Salaverria Knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    This is a green/black/tan micarta I'm making for Jason. He wants me to sculpt the slabs to make something colorful and grippy. Since it's my first time, I tested some patterns once I cutted the unusable parts.

    The clothings I bought for this.

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    Making the pile, aplying polyester resin in between each layer (almost 60 of them)

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    On the press (12 tons, and I place the clothings on some oiled 1/2" steel plates)

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    Right off the press.

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    After I tested some sculpting to gain an idea of the job ahead.

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    This was my first time using the hidraulic press.. this piece is like a rock! :D

    The camo was Jason's idea, he wanted an OD green, tan and black mixture, and I picked a lighter green as once you press it with the resin it aquires a darker color (as you can see on the last picture)

    When I get to polish the piece it will get a more cool look, as it enhances the contrasts between the colors.



    This is after I cutted a piece for a slab and rounded it.


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    This are the two slabs, now polished.

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    This is not what Jason wanted, so I'm gonna try this again with thinner fabric and I will try to make it draw on the press, on a process similar to the rods I used to make other micarta in the past. This time instead or rods, I'll use some pins to press the fabrics and get the layout I've been asked for.

    This are the first flat slabs I made, but I didn't like them, so I tried with the round ones.

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    Shown with the round ones.

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    After my others attempts, I made a new block of micarta with thinner fabric and more vivid green (so it doesn’t look so dark after the resin) and came up with this.


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    With that micarta I started the work and I made the slabs to replace the wooden ones.

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    This is the other slab, without any special work on it yet.

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    And finally, the finished work!

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    Regards,

    Ariel
     
  2. Clydetz

    Clydetz Forever straight and true Brigade Member

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    You've done it again, Ariel... outstanding job! That is an awesome mix of colors for an awesome micarta handle on an awesome looking knife! :thumbsup:
     
  3. TheBadGuy

    TheBadGuy NATURE'S FINEST Super Moderator

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    OUTSTANDING!!!!!!! This will be my largest knife and the customizations you have done for me make it very special!! THANK YOU
     
  4. WT351

    WT351 Lone Star Moderator Super Moderator

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    Or smallest sword, depends on how you want to look at it huh?

    Very nice job AS. That is a very nice looking handle. First time I have ever seen a step by step on micarta as well. Very cool.
     
  5. BenDibble

    BenDibble Resident Mortician JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    so i always wondered why sometimes it was called denim micarta. never actually realized it was made with fabric. incredible work as always. :-D
     
  6. Ariel Salaverria

    Ariel Salaverria Knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Thank you!

    How about some Beans Micarta? :-D

    I pressed the clothings with some beans to make small holes on the pattern

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    Already cutted piece to test the patterns

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    Finished (not polished) piece showing the final pattern

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    Regards,


    Ariel
     
  7. TorzJohnson

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    That is amazing work and very informative. :gogdog: I always wanted to see how it was made.

    (BTW this is my first post over here, hello to those that already know me and pleasedtameetcha to those that don't.)
     
  8. TheBadGuy

    TheBadGuy NATURE'S FINEST Super Moderator

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    welcome TorzJohnson!!

    Ariel, that bean micarta is awesome :-D
     
  9. Ariel Salaverria

    Ariel Salaverria Knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Here's another picture of the raindrop micarta

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    I gave your knife to Nestor today, and I also gave him this piece of micarta to send you so you can also have a piece of the process :)

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    And here's a small piece of black micarta I made to test how cuold I polish it... I really like it!

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    Ariel
     
  10. TheBadGuy

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    :bobdance:
     
  11. Mr.LaBella

    Mr.LaBella ←The № 1 Devil→ Administrator

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    :bump: for desmodus
     
  12. Iceman

    Iceman GI-NORMOUS member

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    Ariel, awesome stuff. :umberto:
     

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