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    The subject is rather self-explanatory, but has anyone tried making or using a marble brush handle?

    I've poked around and a few members have cautioned about excessively heavy handles (e.g. metal); however, I haven't seen anyone specifically mentioning marble.

    I have no idea how costly a, say, 4" cube of marble is either, so that may be another reason people aren't using it.

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    Would it crack your mug?

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    It very well may, but you could face lather with it, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintchase View Post
    Would it crack your mug?
    I read your question, and cracked a smile.

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    I have a brush with a handle made of jade. I actually like the extra weight to it. I'd post pics of it now, but I'm on my phone and not the laptop. You could probably find it easily using the search function on the site as I've posted pics of it before.
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    Marble is readily available at any stone supplier. Also if you live in the right area you might be able to just go and collect some yourself.

    I would think it would make a very attractive handle. You just need the gear to be able to machine it especially the inside to fit the knot in.
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    Make sure you wear a face shield.... Marble is inherantly cracked which is what all the marbling is about. I could see it flying apart on a lathe if you were to turn it but people do carve it so you should be able to shape it somehow.

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    I haven't seen one, but thanks for the idea, I just ordered some "Marble look" acrylic in to try out on the lathe

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    I was thinking the same, but the first thoughts that came to mind, were to use a slower speed Metal lathe for cutting, but then I thought of the fact I have dropped every brush I own at least once so I decided on the acrylics for a look alike style
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    I like the marble acrylic look. The rods of marble acrylic are pretty easy to find at most wood turning websites. As far as real marble, it's an interesting concept, but machining or turning would be a biotch.
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    I agree with everyone's sentiments here. Whether turning it or carving it, there's a primary safety issue and a secondary issue of final integrity.

    The idea was spawned looking at the abundance of marbled acrylic, but, like Theseus, I am a sucker for the added weight. I'm actually extremely particular about my flatware for the very same reason...I'm not sure why, but I really value utensils (both for eating and functional use) with some heft.

    Though, I'll come clean and admit I didn't plan on processing the "slab marble" myself: I'm not that much of a handy man. I planned on asking my grandfather (engineer) to help out as he's spent half his life puttering with his lathe...

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