I'm making the world's first crocheted fiber reinforced polymer composites!
What is the purpose?
Not only are there are all the geometric benefits of crochet, including lace work and hyperbolic ruffle shapes, but also with an epoxy matrix and plant fiber reinforcement, the final products are very strong and stiff.
How can I make one?
If you would like to try making one yourself, these are the materials I used, which can help you get started.
Strong flax or hemp twine (I used hemp because it was cheaper and came in more colors than flax), for fiber reinforcement
Or, alternatively, 100% cotton yarn (will not be as strong. Acrylic / blends will NOT work)
Epoxy resin and hardener kit, includes disposable gloves and tools. (you could also use polyester resin, but in small quantities epoxy was cheaper), for polymer matrix. Approx. double weight needed as yarn used.
Disposable plastic cups, for mixing epoxy
Respirator with VOC vapor filters, to protect lungs. REQUIRED if working indoors
Silicone paintbrushes, for applying epoxy
Silicone mats, for work surface when applying epoxy
Plastic cling wrap, to protect molds (creates rough surface finish)
Carnauba wax, to protect molds (creates shiny surface finish)
Something you find around the house to use as a mold (cup, bowl, etc.)
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Will update as I keep working on it! Here are days 1 and 2: