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    Cactus Rings

    A couple of rings I made this weekend using some of the internal skeleton of a prickly pear cactus pad that I had gotten from Curtis Seabeck several years ago. I took the ring blanks, inserted the cactus into the groove and then filled in with UV resin and cured with a UV light. One ring was painted lack, the other blue. With the use of UV resin, the possibilities are endless of what you can do.

    Bobby
    Louisiana
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    Very cool. I bought a bunch of metal rings several years ago. Still haven't gotten around to actually turning any. It's on my increasingly long list of things to try.
    David Walser
    Mesa, Arizona

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    Those are really nice. The cactus skeleton has a very other worldly look to it; pleasing but unfamiliar.

    Best,

    Dave

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    Thanks for posting. Beautiful! I love small turnings. I admit to getting a little "ho hum" at times with another big bowl with a coring shape.

    I haven't tried one like that. Where do you get the hardware? Or do you machine it yourself?

    JKJ

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    John, these are the two places I use, there are a lot of suppliers out there, but I've had good service from these.

    Bobby

    https://www.opalringsupply.com
    https://www.theopaldealer.com

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