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#64 – ‘Ligia’: Sorby Ultima and Reactive Paints

Various people have asked me recently to do an overview video of the Sorby Ultima hollowing tool I picked up earlier this month, so this week, I team it up with a commissioned piece and some brilliant metal reactive paints.

20160630_091347So here is the vase ‘Ligia’, a commissioned piece for a fellow woodturner. It’s made from ash, hollowed with the Sorby Ultima tool, stained black and then had metal reactive paints applied to the outside.

Having only used the Ultima a handful of times, and ‘demonstrated’ with it at UKIWS last month, I felt that a video giving my impressions of the tool would be in order, and it just so happened that this piece was ordered.

The Ultima is a beast of tool: Heavy and confident in use, the 22″ handle (on my version) adds much needed weight and balance to it. Plus, with the addition of the side handle, it is stable to use too, even at depth. The tool can hollow down to a whopping 16″ when the tool shaft is fully extended and the handle has a removable cap to allow the turner to add more weight to it if needed.

The cutter is High Speed Steel and is razor sharp when it comes out the purchase sleeve. It is shielded by a movable guard which you can adjust depending on how aggressive you want your cut to be, and the entire cutting head articulates to the angle you want.

I love the tool and I will be doing much more hollowing in the future – guaranteed. The only downside? The cutter guard clogs up for time to time. Is this a problem? Not at all as it only takes a few seconds to clear it out.

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The metal reactive paints I used in the video are by a company called Modern Masters and I got them from UK based company They come in Iron, Bronze and Copper paints which oxidise over time. This process can be accelerated by the use of the activator fluid which you can buy separately. Whilst you don’t really need to use the (again, optional) primer on wooden object, I found in a different project, that the primer beneath the paint produces a very similar result to the unprimed piece so now I am wondering if I needed to use it at all. Still, as I have it, I can use it on other things too.

Easy to apply and exciting to watch react, the paints are a valuable addition to my arsenal of decorative processes. Stand by for more on these very soon!


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One thought on “#64 – ‘Ligia’: Sorby Ultima and Reactive Paints

  1. Thank you for creating this amazing piece of art for me, because it is much more than just a vase. I can’t wait to receive ‘Ligia’.

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