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I don't have a lot of room in my workshop for a big star roller and I'm still playing around with small 1.75" and 2" ballshells so I was thinking of making a small star roller for making micro stars has anyone ever seen or heard of anyone making a star roller on a micro scale ? Any ideas how I could go about making one ?
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Some things to consider:

 

Star rolling is best done in large numbers. You've never heard of someone rolling ten stars. The group of stars becomes more and more sensitive to the addition of solvent and composition as the number of stars decreases.

 

I've had great success rolling all stars under 1/4" by hand. This is something you might want to consider.

 

You can make a great star roller with a container of the diameter of a 5 gallon bucket. I don't think that's excessively large.

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Interesting ya I would defiantly want more than 10 stars at at time more like 50 but super small micro stars how do you roll by hand ?
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Stainless Steel round bottom mixing bowls work nice for rolling the stars around in the bottom of the bowl. Several Pyro's have made small star rollers from kitchenaid food processors and the mixing bowls. Most of the models have an auxiliary drive that can be used to mount a bowl for rolling candy in.

 

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The easiest way is to get a wiper motor, mount it onto a board. For operating it, take the board and put it into a bench vise or a tall bucket filled with sand or some old racks (not oily ones). Now connect your rolling drum with a screw. And you are ready to go. This also doesn't need much space during storage since it comes apart into three parts (board with motor, a rolling drumm that can be stappled with equal buckets and a bucket with racks/sand. With sand it can stay outside in a dry space, and with racks it is the same as if you have racks for painting (maybe even the same)).

 

For making micro stars drop some prime into the bucket, wet your mix into a nice putty. Now take a small sieve and rice the mix through it into the turning drumm. With 50 microstars you won't even make one 1.7" shell. These stars really don't fill any volume. M

 

For the momment i think you are better of, if you go onto the wichitabuggywhip site and have a look at the mouse turd tutorial.

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I am with pyrokid on hand rolling while they are small to get them started. My wife is missing (and will never find) her Tupperware cake storage container. It works perfect!!! :D

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i actually have seen that tutorial on micro stars and i will definitely be trying that as soon as i get some chemicals for coloured stars so you think for making micro stars id be better off not rolling them and just doing the mouse turd micro stars ?

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