A vase made with slate is decorative in its natural simplicity. An arrangement of only a few flowers rising from the stone base creates an elegant presentation. Moderately challenging to create, a slate vase exhibiting fresh flowers will be well worth the effort.
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Things you need
- Pin frog in cup
- Hardened awl
- Dremel tool
- Round ball rotary bit for Dremel
- Industrial grade adhesive
- Stone/Ceramic tile sealer
Mark a circle in the centre of the slate using the compass. The diameter should be slightly larger than the pin frog cup.
Inscribe the circle using the hardened awl until a groove is formed. The groove should be at least 1/16th of an inch deep.
Cut the slate using the Dremel tool with the rotary ball bit following the inscribed circle. Use plenty of water as lubrication and a suitable speed to ensure a clean cut without chipping. Once the circle has been cut through all the way, allow the stone to dry completely.
Insert the pin frog cup into the cut hole. Turn the piece of slate upside down and apply industrial sealant into the space between the pin frog cup and slate. Allow to dry.
Seal the slate with the stone/ceramic tile sealant. Allow it to dry.
Tips and warnings
- Use an etcher with the compass instead of a pencil to create the inscribed circle. If the pin frog cup is deeper than the piece of slate, use broken pieces to achieve the correct depth. Attach the pieces of slate to the top using the industrial adhesive before sealing.
- Wear eye protection when cutting with the Dremel. Use an adequate supply of water to keep the stone and bit cool while using the Dremel. Allow the Dremel to cool if it begins to feel hot to the touch.
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