Making A Fly Fishing Memorial Cell with Resin and Vacuum Forming

In February of this yr, my household needed to say goodbye to my grandfather just some months shy of his 91st birthday. He had spent nearly all of his life discovering the very best fishing spots alongside the rivers and streams of the Pacific Northwest and numerous hours sitting at his desk, tying fishing flies to tackle his adventures to catch “The Massive One.”

Robert Martin SR as a young fisherman in the 60s and as a 90 year old man tying fishing flies.

After he handed away, I wished to make one thing particular for my grandmother, myself, my sister, aunts, and cousins to have a good time him and honor his reminiscence through the use of his hand-tied fly fishing flies, to create a memorial cellular that will guarantee what introduced him pleasure in his life, would assist us all heal in our grief.

Fishing flies encased in resin in a heart shape for a memorial mobile.

With the ability to take one thing that he had made, and switch it into one thing new that I had made in his honor, was an enormous therapeutic course of for me in my grief journey and I’m excited to have the ability to share these items of his artwork with my cousins and prolonged household who all cherished him too.

On this video beneath, I share my very private story of my “Papa”, his love for fishing, and the way I used my laser cutter and Mayku FormBox vacuum former to make memorial mobiles out of resin and a few of his fly fishing flies.

Making a Fly Fishing Cell with a Vacuum Former and Resin

Fly fishing tied flies in a hand

This venture began with discovering his field of particular fly fishin flies he had tied and wished to determine how one can share them with household in a approach that will protect them and likewise hold them from by accident stabbing themselves whereas rummaging by way of reminiscence bins or drawers!

I had simply gotten my Mayku FormBox vacuum former and had tried making cleaning soap as my first venture and that led me to consider how I might presumably do one thing comparable for the flies and fish hooks, however as an alternative of cleaning soap, use resin.

laser cut heart shapes

So I created some coronary heart shapes on my laser cutter that have been simply large enough to place one fishing fly into every coronary heart form. With 10 cousins, 23 second cousins, and loads of others who would possibly need even a single coronary heart for a keychain or tree decoration, I knew I wanted to make some molds that will enable me to make a number of in a single spherical.

gluing two laser cut wood heart shapes together

The MDF I used on my laser cutter was not thick sufficient to permit for resin as a base and likewise to totally encase the flies, so I needed to glue two collectively to make my type deep sufficient that my mildew would work.

heart shapes rubber banded together to help dry glue

I didn’t have any small clamps round the home so I simply used rubber bands to carry them collectively whereas they dried in order that I might use them on the Mayku FormBox as soon as they have been prepared.

laser cut wood hearts placed on a Mayku FormBox vacuum former to prepare to be made into a mold

For this venture, I used the Mayku FormBox Resin sheets and hooked up the warmth protect to my Mayku, as I used to be working with resin and wished the resin sheets to have the ability to reuse my molds simply because of a lot of hearts I wanted to make for my household.

heart shape mold created on the Mayku FormBox

The guts molds turned out superbly and after letting them cool utterly, I used to be capable of take away the sheet from the Mayku and pop the types out simply.

Heart forms being removed from a resin sheet mold

Now it was time to combine my resin and prepare to pour into my molds. I used a primary first-timer resin pour equipment from the native craft retailer for this as I had by no means labored with resin earlier than however as soon as I acquired it blended, I used to be capable of pour a base layer down, place the fly fishing flies in that layer, then pour a prime layer over in order that they have been totally encased in resin.

resin being poured into heart shapes and fly fishing tied flies being placed in each heart mold.

It took about 48 hours for the resin to dry utterly earlier than I might take away the hearts from the mildew however they turned out lovely and I used to be desperate to get to the subsequent section!

a finished fly fishing heart resin shape

I had to make use of a small Dremel software to drill holes in every of the guts shapes to organize for the venture after which I looked for beads that regarded like river rock, as that’s the place my Papa cherished fishing probably the most, down by the river. I used a fishing line to string them collectively.

Tools and materials needed to create a memorial fishing mobile

I additionally went to the seaside the place we used to go search for rocks with him once I was a child and located some driftwood to make use of as my base.

I searched in his backyard shed for the twine to make use of for the string to carry all of it up and at last, had a stupendous cellular to present to my grandmother and one for myself to take with me in my van on my travels, in addition to many hearts prepared for my aunts, sister, cousins, and others to create their very own reminiscence pendants with.

That is by far, my favourite venture I’ve executed with my Mayku FormBox and now I’ve concepts for every kind of different issues I need to make and probably assist others with memorial items of their very own.

a completed fly fishing memorial mobile

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