Introduction: Gummy Bear Axe

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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

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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

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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.

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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....

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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

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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.

Pity my life choices.


Mihsin (author)2016-10-23

I have an axe exactely like this and with a broken handle which nobody in my country has a replacement for. Neadless to say how disappointed I was when descovered you're not serious about this instructable. However, I encourage you to keep having fun.

guinaevere (author)2016-09-11

Where axes are concerned, I believe you make excellent life choices.

JpsManCave (author)2016-09-09

Looks like a good wall hanger. would like to see the handle cast with other materials and or candies. But as for me im with ShannoG33 im more inclined to build things that have function... that is unless the wife sais she wants something decrative lol. thanks for the instuctable I enjoyed reading it... keep the beard

ShannonG33 (author)2016-09-07

Hey I love the aesthetics of this project but I have long ago made a decision never to own any item just cause it's pretty, all items in my life need function... I'd love to have this project work... since you already have the mold, if I elect you to be the one to make another model =) but that's just a random suggestion from a total stranger... lol. Well to help reinforce the project I recommend Polymeric fibers, which are clear etc but with a little bend which believe it or don't helps to cushion the impact. Also, and the aesthetics take a small hit here, but look what's gained~~~~~> the possibility of a picture and video of you actually cutting a tree down with this awesome project idea, rebar! Also I'm sorry you already made the $200 mold when you might just as well have used a 2 part styro-foam or a Polystyrene mold which are as you know WAY cheaper...But something to think of on future projects which I hope to see many (functioning) in the future.

dalegribble (author)2016-09-06

popular mechanics linked you

thundrepance (author)2016-09-04

tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo funny!! x^D

icka03 (author)2016-08-31

When the resin breaks those little bears come out of hibernation and gnaw the heck out of that wood so no worries, you'll get the job done either way. LOL

wonderbrett (author)2016-08-31

Step 12: Diabetes.

lclaiborne (author)2016-08-30


Benne (author)2016-08-30

Defintely one of my favourite dipit projects so far!

jedi_zombie (author)2016-08-30

Brilliant, looks great

panic mode (author)2016-08-29

nice ible... thumbs up.

chaydgb (author)2016-08-28

Now you just need to go make some epoxy gummi bears and turn this into a functional axe!

lovethebackwoods (author)chaydgb2016-08-29

That might require a whole new 'ible on how and why NOT to eat resin gummi bears!

EmmitS (author)chaydgb2016-08-28

Even if the handle were pure resin, it would still be too brittle for actual use. It would be only ornamental. I agree from an ornamental view, it would be better to cast the gummy bears in resin rather using the candy.

Irritable_Badger (author)EmmitS2016-08-29

Yes, most of the two part PMMA resins sold directly to the retail consumer aren't suitable for this project (most are actually repackaged resins used in the artificial flower arrangement market). But PMMA comes in many, many flavors and quite a few would be perfectly suited to life as an axe handle.

It's worth investigating the various PMMA resins that are available. Not only can you find resins exhibiting most any properties you require, they're often less expensive than the standard stuff targeting the individual consumer.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2016-08-29

This looks awesome and I love your honesty in the video :)

Nadine Sundown (author)2016-08-29

A few suggestions : 1)put the tape on the Inside of your cardboard. It would easily strip off the resin. 2) use three pours putting Gummi in center and use less gummies. It still wouldn't be worth a tree chop but it would be stronger to at least hold up one handed and be handled without worry of breakage.

With that said, I think it looks way cool! I'd hang something like that on my walls. ?

MooMeat42 (author)2016-08-25

This really is a bad idea. If you hit something really solid that doesn't deform when you hit it, the handle is going to break right off and the head will go flying. Given any cross section of the axe, you only have so much area of strong engineering material and the rest is soft candy. Please do not use this as a tool.
- Mechanical engineer

kludge77 (author)MooMeat422016-08-25

I can tell you wrote this without reading the instructable. :) It's for display only.

It's not for swinging, it's for show.

M40 (author)kludge772016-08-28

I guess I sort of get the ridiculous duality of a lumberjack wielding a razor sharp, double edged axe... with a gummy bear themed handle. Kinda brings Monty Python's 'Lumberjack' song to mind.

I might have gone with the original handle and done a gloss pink base paint. Cover that with copious amounts of unicorns, rainbows, puppies, etc. (either stickers or painted artwork). Maybe some lacy purple ribbon as grip tape. A big 'Hello Kitty' etching on the sides of the blade would finish it off nicely.

The end result would be a big, bad, bearded lumberjack wielding his favorite axe, which appeared to have been decorated by a 10 year old girl.

Likewise, a guy decked in head to toe black SWAT gear, but toting his favorite Hello Kitty rifle...

RichM5 (author)M402016-08-29

My "Hello Kitty" BATTLE rifle, PLZ. Also, the luscious rich pink color fills my enemies with confusion and love while I fill them with high velocity lead fragments. Full win across the board.

MooMeat42 (author)kludge772016-08-25

No, I read it all. I understand that you're implying that it's a bad idea, but your readers might not catch that. I'm just saying, maybe you should explicitly state do not use this as a tool so Instructables doesn't get sued

donedirtcheap (author)MooMeat422016-08-28

An absurd comment. He did explicitly state that it was not a suitable handle and I quote:
"A whole but fragile axe handle. It Looks great but is too weak for swinging."

Berendv (author)donedirtcheap2016-08-29

Yes but he is an engineer. So obviously he can take a pee on anything he wants online..


rgarland1 (author)MooMeat422016-08-29

Yes, the author did..his last statement, It looks awesome, is smooth to the touch and will hang in the shop as a cool work of art." Guessing for those who cant see the forest for the trees..his "cool work of art" will not be fully understood. I love your creativity! Lol..

Yonatan24 (author)MooMeat422016-08-26

Watch the video...

Sounds obvious to me that gummy bears that're reinforced with resin isn't strong enough. Instructables also isn't responsible for what you do, it's your responsibility.

deluges (author)Yonatan242016-08-26

Ah, nice to know.

M40 (author)kludge772016-08-28

PS - For simple mold making like this, try the expanding spray foam stuff you get from the hardware store. At 5 or 6 bucks a can, it'll save you the $200 you spent on pourable mold rubber, and you'll end up with a more rigid mold. Just spray down the surfaces of the item you're casting with a light oil or silicone so the foam doesn't stick to it.

Christiand1 (author)MooMeat422016-08-28

I cannot say that it is "a bad idea" , but the fact that it is "for display only" should be more prominent. A cursory glance at the introduction of the instructable does not state that fact (that it is for display only).

I understood that the OP doesn't normally dress like a lumberjack, that he thinks it is a hilarious idea (I agree), and that he didn't/couldn't explain the steps in detail. BUT, nowhere does it say that this is only for decorative purposes... and should not be used as a tool.

I know it is stated in the middle of the instructable (Step 19: ... A whole but fragile axe handle. It Looks great but is too weak for swinging.) and apparently in the video (sorry didn't watch it) but that is not the place for such a very important disclaimer...

And saying "common sense" and "sounds obvious" just wouldn't cut it...

I feel quite confident in saying someone capable of making it has sense enough sense to know it's only useful for Human vs Gummi combat. The fixing a broken hammer handle with electrical tape crowd have automated security protocols that prohibit them from doing much beyond buying a bunch of stuff. Bulk polymerization of the resin, potentially liquefying the Gummies and/or starting a fire is the only risk here.

Casting with anything in the acrylic monomer category creates the potential for bulk polymerization. Assuming the mixing instructions are followed, bulk polymerization is typically initiated by contamination in the mould. Metal reinforced duct tape (not fiber reinforced duct tape), metal shavings, oxidized tooling, etc... can all initiate the process.

- Old Mechanical Engineer Who Understands Risk Assessment

luapy (author)Irritable_Badger2016-08-28

Too late! made it and used it once, The head flew off and took out the old guy who lived next door.

- One dead Mechanical Engineer

Irritable_Badger (author)luapy2016-08-28

Dead is dead, the important part is how you get dead. "Man Killed by Axe Head Thrown by Gummi Bears" beats stroke or something normal.

Dastan1996 (author)MooMeat422016-08-28

I'm baffled by the fact that a mechanical engineer would lack the common sense to realize this could never be considered a usable axe handle

JerryS42 (author)Dastan19962016-08-28

Read "mechanical engineer", but then again, reading, apparently, is optional in engineering.

BillW107 (author)Dastan19962016-08-28

Some people Would attempt to use it. Many Many people lack the common since .

BillW107 (author)MooMeat422016-08-28

Agree, this is a loaded gun!

In the video, he does mention the handle broke into 3 pieces while sanding. So the fragility of the handle is quite apparent.

Emtaylore (author)2016-08-26

Please tell me you wore a breathing apparatus. Resin is super stinky and can cause brain cancer. Don't do that.

You'd be surprised/disappointed at how little protection is provided by general use respirators.

There's a strong argument supporting the potentially lethal false sense of security afforded by an inappropriate respirator may be more dangerous than no respirator.

Many people think that if they can't smell the (whatever) they are protected. The fact is the hazardous elements of (whatever) and the odorous elements of same are often entirely different things. Many urethanes are a great example. Positive pressure respirators are often the only things that actually work. Most respirators only block the urethane smell, not the urethane hazards. It's entirely possible to fall over dead when using urethanes all the while wearing serious respiratory protection.

The moral of the story is that you must know and understand what the safety equipment you have is capable of. A variety of filters for a variety of chemicals should be on hand be in any workspace. Expired filters should be tossed out, even if never used. Same with filter duty cycle. If the manufacturer says two cumulative hours is the max then the filters get tossed at the two hour mark.

Safely being safe is a big deal. Don't put yourself at risk being safe in an unsafe way.

serioussam1215 (author)Emtaylore2016-08-26

I can imagine he did. My concern is he told us he was going to grow a full out beard. I can tell he didn't.

underground carpenter (author)2016-08-29

Awesome. I want. It'll go wonderfully with my My Little Pony chainsaw and Care Bear lumber safety gear.

TiesA (author)2016-08-29

you look like the white version of Ice Cube

Nice build btw

GrahamH27 (author)2016-08-28

I love the first comment. "As it is for display you could up the axe in a fire and burn the handle out" What would you use to make the mould with !!

Grar Varg (author)2016-08-28

Since this is only for display, you could put the ax in a fire to burn out the ax handle.

EmmitS (author)Grar Varg2016-08-28

Not really. This way, if you really wanted to use the axe sometime, you could just knock out the candy/resin handle and replace it with a good wooden one.

donedirtcheap (author)2016-08-28

A fun read and a difficult project! I am impressed with your persistence, brother. Follow/favorite. Keep up the good work.

lbrewer42 (author)2016-08-28

MIght yellow if exposed to sunlight?

jules.bartow (author)2016-08-28

Use Anal-Eze to avoid the PITA when removing mold from cardboard. It works better than Happy Hiney.

yeti bear (author)2016-08-28

What if you casted a few dozen resen bears with mixed colors? Still have the look with more structure...

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