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Questions on using plastic materials for bobbins

Louise Bailey wrote:
(It's solid coloured resin (phenol & melamine formaldehydes were the basis once upon a time) , the trade name is either Sorelle or Corian or.. depending whose making it.

I have two sorts, midlands style either all resin or resin inserts with wooden necks and tails, carved in a barleytwist. Being a user rather than a maker of bobbins, I have no idea how the material works up on a lathe, it probably smells awful.)

It smells like burning plastic, especially if turned at too fast a speed, or if you don't use a live center on the tailstock of the lathe - for the information of anyone who wants to try to turn Corian into bobbins (or pens). But the effect is worth it, with some of the wonderful patterns and colours the corian comes in now - velvets, marble and crushed marble.

Sue in Roseville, MI

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