Introduction: Gummy Bear Axe
Second Prize in the
Maker Olympics Contest 2016
What do you get when you cross a 5 lb bag of gummy bears, 13 oz of resin, and a wicked sharp double axe head? Sounds to me like a really bad idea...
Now, the amount of new things that I did in this are just too much for me to type up easily in one Instructable. I want to apologize for that right now. I just cannot take it on, and the write up would be incredibly long.
So instead, this is a higher level overview of the process. I glaze over some of the mold making material and I skip cleaning up the axe head altogether. Those steps are explained in more detail in the video.
Here's the long and the short of it. I bought an axe at a yard sale 3 years ago for $2. I had always intended to make a video on replacing the handle. The gummy bear in resin idea struck me as a hilarious idea on such a macho tool. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to dress up like a lumberjack, grow a full beard and wield a gummy bear axe.
Step 1: Prepping the Axe Handle
Step 1: Find a perfectly good axe, and dress up like a lumberjack. It should be noted the only reason I have a full beard is that I intentionaly grew it just for this video. I like it, so I might keep it for a while.
Step 2: Remove wedge thus separating axe head from axe handle. This was easier said than done. It took quite a bit of coaxing, but I ended up using a 1/4" drill bit to bore a hole on either side and thus wedging loose the wedge.
Step 3:Cover entire axe handle in packing tape. PACKING. TAPE. NOW. The reason for the tape is to make sure that the mold material doesn't adhere to the axe head, and that there are no holes (like the two on top) that would change the overall shape of the mold
Step 4: Find a cardboard box to be used for the mold. The guy at the plastic store assured me this would work. And it mostly did. Except that it stuck to the mold and took a lot of work to remove later.
Step 5: Turn box into pig trough that will hold the axe handle. It just needs to be water tight. So seal up the holes. After doing this once, I think hot glue would have worked better for this step than packing tape. I did spring a small leak was it was an easy fix.
Step 2: Mold Making
Step 6: Spend $200 FREAKING DOLLARS on mold making material. I started off with wanting to use silicone instead of this urethane based mold, but I was told it would have been closer to $300. I like the urethane, and I'm glad there is quite a bit left for future molds!
Step 7: Mix up witches brew and say choice some words about not screwing up, because you cannot afford more mold making supplies. It's a simple 2 part mixture with a 1:1 ratio. It smells awful, but isn't prone to bubble like silicone. I secured the axe head with some hot glue, so it wouldn't float to some 1/2 dowels.That way the mold material could completely encapsulate it.
Step 8: Pour witches brew over perfectly good taped up axe handle in packing tape secured pigs trough. A little stressful as I sprung a small leak, but not awful. I ended up using 3 quarts total (1.5 from each bottle) and did this in two pours over about 30 minutes. You have lots of working time with the urethane.
Step 9: Wait 24 hours
Step 10: Remove axe handle from mold. I had to use a razor knife to cut away some material from the top, but mostly it came free easy enough. The packing tape did it's job well.
Step 11 Curse store clerk for recommending using a cardboard box as a mold as it took 2 FLIPPING hours to remove all the cardboard off the $200 now super rubbery lemon bar.
Step 12: Diabetes. Secure a LOT of gummy bears! (5lbs worth to be exact) DON'T EAT BEARS OFF WORKBENCH! (I totally did. I feel fine)
Step 13: Put those little bastards into hibernation. Stuff them in the mold. I ended up only using about 7 oz of gummies. Through a mis-understanding of the amazon packaging I somehow ordered 20lbs of gummy bears. I have 15lbs in my freezer. I doubt I'll even run out.
Step 14 RESIN TIME! IMix up 13oz of clear polyester resin. I decided to go with polyester resin for two reasons. 1, it shines up so nice and 2 I rarely get any bubbles in the casting. But it's crazy fussy and super stinky. So fair warning.
Step 15:POUR. It's so satisfying! Pouring the resin is always my favorite step of these projects.
Step 16: Wait. I waited 5 days to make sure the resin was completely cured. And because I had to go to work and actually earn a living....
Step 17: After 48 hours. REMOVE. This came out amazing. I knew I had a winner the moment I saw it!
Step 18: Sand it. Okay... So. Have you ever sanded a gummy bear. Can you imagine what happens when abrasive and friction are introduced at 300 rpms? Disaster. That's what happened. I explain this more in depth in the video, the cliff notes version is I ended up breaking the handle in 2 places. I lost it and walked away
Step 19: After 36 hours of fixing, sticky residue cleanup and wet sanding you get to this point. A whole but fragile axe handle. It Looks great but is too weak for swinging.
Step 20: Final seal coat. Wrap those sticky little munchers in a nice coat of resin, never to gum again. I think I painted on about 3 oz of clear resin to completely seal in the candy. It looks awesome, is smooth to the touch and will hang in the shop as a cool work of art.
Step 5: Completed
I attach the head with two part epoxy and when out in the sun to take some pictures.
It's all completed, and I'm happy to be done with it. Yes. I paid $40 for a 5lb gummy bear just for this one photo.
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