I went out to my woods are got a huge lump of pine resin. I melted it in a steel tin, and fished off the top layer of woodchips with a nail. After that, I made what looks EXACTLY like maple syrup...so I poured it onto a parchment sheet. After it cooled, it looked like amber! I seems to shrink a microscopic bit as it cools, so it practically fell off the parchment sheet as a rock hard lens.
At this point, it's an amber colored plastic lens. It's hard as a rock, and chips if you drop it. I put it in warm water...AND IT GETS AS SOFT AS PLASTICINE! It has a fantastic texture...like taffy. It's hard to resist the urge to eat it...it looks like candy!
Anyway, I shaped it into all kinds of things and let it cool down (in like a second, it's hard again) When it's cooled, it has a mild tackyness to it. I made a marble out of it and put a tiny bit of lip-balm on it. Not sticky anymore!
This material has OBVIOUSLY been discovered before, so does it have a name? Amber gum? tar?
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I’m Calvin Drews, and I love to learn, experiment, invent, create, repair, and generally just do things myself. A sort of modern jack of all trades, mast...read more »