Milk Bottle Mallets Workshop: Recycled HDPE and Wood Turning

15/07/2023, 10am

Museum of Making

Silk Mill Lane off Full Street




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This course centres around recycling and sustainable creation. The aim is to educate you on how to turn HDPE (high density polyethylene) plastic into beautiful and functional materials/tools, the outcome will be your very own milk bottle mallet.

Multimedia Artist and Maker Arthur Scott will lead you through the processes; melting and casting HDPE, finishing the surfaces and drilling an eye for the handle, turning a handle on the lathe and setting it in the head with a hardwood wedge.

You will be given a handle blank and a 50mm/50mm/100mm HDPE billet. You will take part in one melt/cast which will use colour from lids and other HDPE sources, this is to show you every stage and to show that you can include colour to create marble effect.

You will also encounter unique and beautiful items from Derby Museums’ collections to inspire your own creations.

When does this course take place?

A day course on either Saturday 15th or Sunday 16th July

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for complete beginners, seasoned makers and anywhere in between.

Participants must be aged 18 years and over.

Spaces are limited to 4 participants.

Do I need to bring anything?

All materials, tools, equipment and aprons will be provided. However, we encourage you to bring any photos or drawings you would like to use as inspiration.

Please wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty and strong closed-toe shoes (steel toecaps are preferable).

Lunch is available to purchase from the River Kitchen at the Museum of Making or various eateries and shops in the city centre.

How to book:

Tickets are £58.00, Derby Museums Friends & Members are eligible for 10% discount.

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