Making Pine Rosin

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Introduction: Making Pine Rosin

Are you a violinist, cellist, athlete, artist, electronics pro or plumber? If you are you might use Rosin for grip, making better sound and all that kind of stuff. Does the rosin you use cost money? Well today I'm gonna try my best "WINK WINK" to teach you how to make it on your own.

Step 1: Supplies

You don't need that many supplies, but you need some, you need...

- Resin

Find a damaged pine tree and gently collect the resin with a dull knife. The stuff is sticky and hard to wash out, so rubber gloves can really help.

- Resin Burner

We used a small tin can (2″ diameter), turned the lid into a sieve using a hummer and a nail to pierce it. Make sure it’s plain uncovered tin inside, otherwise the coating substance would melt down and spoil your rosin.

- Aluminum Foil

Step 2: Getting the Resin Burner Ready

Line the inside of the tin can with aluminum foil.

Step 3: Burn It

Assemble the resin burner and place your resin into the ‘sieve’. Fire it. Crude resin does not start burning right away, be patient.

The high and quite impressive flame is produced by turpentine. All unneeded inclusions will burn out. It melts, smokes and boils, and your pure rosin leaks down through the holes onto the foil.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Here is your finished product. HOPE YOU ENJOY!

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    49 Discussions

    It is semi-transparent, you may see light coming through it, but not as clear as a glass.

    I plan on making some as we have a pine tree in our backyard. I want to see if this will add some friction between the rubber belt and wooden roller brush on our vacuum cleaner. A new belt is probably all I need but I thought that by adding some rosin it will help even more. I got the idea after noticing the belt slipping on the roller while vacuuming my parents thick carpet yesterday...

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    I'm still a little confused what I would use this for since I'm not a musician...are there purposes I could use it for in the home?

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    I'm not sure the rosin is a useful *household item*. It has multiple uses not only for those who play violin or need a reliable dance floor, there are people who use it for soldering, artists use rosin for their oil paints, etc. As for me, I knew rosin since I was born, because my grandma, a theatrical makeup artist, used rosin to glue fake noses and beards onto actors faces. And I added rosin into my own home made soap. Looks like endless opportunities, that rosin. But not about a home, I'm afraid.

    I can use it on my cellos bow and its safe to use it on the bow without it damaging the bow. And if you comment saying you could get another one really the bow can cost $30 to $100 dollars depending on the way its made but thanks for this tutorial.

    I use methylated spirit to remove pine resin from my power tool blades, router bits and my hands. Works a treat.

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who still remembers that pine pitch will dull and pit your tools if you don't clean it off :) Never heard of that solvent, have to look it up thanks!

    Jugfet says:

    I'm in the UK and Methylated spirit is basically Methyl Alcohol. It is sold with an added purple pigment and an emetic to stop people from drinking the stuff and going blind.
    The stuff really stinks and hangs about afterward, but it's cheap and cleans circular saw blades a treat.This stops the resin burning and overheating the blades, or your router bits, and keeps the cutting edge clean.
    It may well be known under a different name in other parts of the
    world.


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    Methylated Spirit is not Methyl Alcohol, it is approximately 95 % Ethanol with a little denaturant and dye added, plus some water. The denaturant may or may not be methyl alcohol, other substances are commonly used. The additive to stop people from drinking it is a quaternary ammonium salt called "Bitrex", it makes it taste extremely bitter.

    Finally looked it up and here in California it's sold as Denatured Alcohol. I've used it as fuel and a solvent in waxwork, but never tried it on pitch. Oddly, my Dad an Grandpa, fairly knowledgeable guys, both used turpentine (turps, mineral spirits) which really doesn't work very well.

    I'm thinking that this rosin is the same thing as what we call sap from a pine tree. If you get it on anything, you can get it out pretty easily with a squirt of WD40. Just a little rubbing and it's all off.

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    I'm afraid you're confusing three different things: pine sap (clear liquid, serves nutritive functions in the tree), pine resin (gooey substance, protects the tree's wounds) and pine rosin (translucent solid product made from resin).

    Rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol) works very well to wash off pitch. Then its just a matter of washing with soap and water.

    We are no short of pine trees here, eh. Industrially, they extract rosin with chemicals and save turpentine which is a valuable product, too. We opted for burning just to amaze kids and propel their interest into the projects where we planned to use rosin.

    The simplest way to remove pinesap from your skin or clothes is to rub in a little bit of oil or fat. Butter, olive, mineral, animal fat. This will dissolve the sap and is then washed away with plain water and soap.