tableware made from \'wood silicone\'

by:Keyuan     2020-07-19
I was asked to develop a new material with three other art students.
We tried silicone rubber together and decided to use this material as a starting point.
After a lot of experiments, we found that mixing silicone rubber with sawdust made silicone rubber stronger.
Sawdust gives the appearance and feel of silicone rubber wood.
We decided to make a set of tableware with this material.
The set we developed looked like it was made of wood.
Silicone rubber makes the kit easier to clean and store.
The equipment is also unbreakable and waterproof.
In this Instructable, I will show you the steps we take to create and apply \"wood Silicon.
It is very easy to make, and there are all kinds of possibilities!
You can try this material yourself and keep me posted on your results!
The sawdust you want to mix with silicone rubber must be very refined.
That\'s why we decided to screen the dust we found in the dust removal system in the wood workshop.
You can do sawdust experiments with different kinds of wood, which will produce different colors.
Silicone rubber is always equipped with a hardening agent.
In order to use and apply the rubber, you have to mix the two ingredients together.
We have to maintain the ratio of No. 1 silicone rubber and No. 10 hardened agent, but the ratio always depends on the type and brand of silicone rubber.
I suggest you read the description of rubber or consult an expert.
Another possibility is to use the Bison suite.
This is a silicone rubber that can be used at any time, so you don\'t have to worry about mixing, proportions and hardening agents.
We did the experiment with Bison Kit and sawdust and it worked well.
The consistency is different from the silicone rubber we use, and the Bison Kit is a bit thick.
So it will be more difficult to mix it with the sawdust.
The interesting part started.
Mix silicone rubber with sawdust!
Put all the sawdust in a big bucket so you have a good working space.
You have to mix silicone rubber with sawdust until it is fully saturated.
You know, when silicone rubber no longer takes up sawdust, it will be saturated.
Continue to add a small amount of sawdust to silicone rubber.
Once the silicone rubber becomes a mass, you can take it out of the bowl and pinch it in your hand.
Continue adding the sawdust until it is fully saturated.
When a piece of silicone rubber and sawdust is dispersed, do not add more sawdust, it must maintain a little stickiness.
Choose the mold you want to use for wooden silicone.
We use different molds to observe what is effective and what is not.
To make sure that you can easily remove \"wood Silicon\" from the mold when the material is dry, you should grease the mold first.
We used special mold grease from the silicone workshop.
Once the mold is lubricated, you can start to change color and shape.
Press the small wooden silicone onto the mold.
This material is sticky so it can stick to your gloves.
Covering gloves with sawdust or grease helps prevent this.
The best thing about this material is that you can do a lot of experiments with it.
You can try a variety of sawdust, silicone rubber and molds.
The experiment shown above is our experiment, which is not completely successful.
Some of them are not taken out of the mold or are not the shape we want.
But we have learned a lot from these experiments. . . . . .
After that, we found the right shape and made a set of cutlery that we could actually use!
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