As I’m working through the backlog of projects that my Christmas vacation generated I’m trying to keep this blog as simple as possible so that I can catch up. I’m also posting more in depth how-tos to Instructables. This one was created specifically to try and win a holiday decoration contest on the Instructables site. Unfortunately I didn’t win but thanks to everyone who voted for me. I had already started the mold making process on the baby hands (as in I bought the plastic hands 6 months ago) because I want to re-create a project I did about 10 years ago of making stove burner knobs out of baby hands cast in aluminum. This one helped me move that project forwards a little bit and I got a new batch of holiday decorations!
We had some leftover cedar tongue and groove board ends at work from a door building project. They looked suspiciously like the salmon grilling planks you can buy for your grill. I ran them through a thickness planer to smooth them and cut the groove side off on the table saw. The brand was made from a leftover piece of brass weatherstripping. I bent it into the spiral design and heated it over a small gas barbecue grill with pliers. I used a piece of scrap wood to press down on the brand once it was hot.
Last weekend we held a Pie Extravaganza as the theme for our annual birthday party. (Molly & I have birthdays one day apart) There had to be prizes, of course, so I thought that a pie shaped trivet cast in aluminum would be appropriate. I originally planned to make 8 trivets so that each category winner would get one but time constraints and equipment breakdowns determined that there would only be one for the overall winner. I thought I’d post the process for how I’ve been casting aluminum as well.