Milk Bottle Mallets Workshop: Recycled HDPE and Wood Turning

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?

This is a day course running 10am-3pm on Sunday 26th June 2022.

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 5 participants.

Do I need to bring anything?

All materials, tools, equipment and aprons will be provided. However, we encourage you to have a look at the ergonomics of various mallets and their uses and bring in 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 boots (steel toe cap shoes in a variety of sizes are also available to borrow from the Workshop).

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

Working safely?

If you have any concerns or specific requirements regarding attending this course please feel free to get in touch with us by emailing [email protected]

Course booking terms and conditions:

Please note that if you choose to cancel your place your ticket price will be refunded minus the Eventbrite service fee (6.5% of ticket price + £0.49). Your total refund is dependent on the number of days’ notice given:

  • 7 or more days before the event – full refund (minus the Eventbrite fee).
  • 6 – 3 days before the event – refund of 50% (minus the Eventbrite fee).
  • Within 2 days of the event – you will not be refunded.

Tickets cannot be exchanged.

In the event that Derby Museums needs to cancel a workshop, your ticket will be refunded in full.

You will receive a full refund up to and on the day if you have received a positive Covid-19 test result, or are told to self-isolate.

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