A Kupilka Like No Other

Kupilka 21 - Engraving Cleaned Up

I’m surprised at how perfect the Kupilka biomaterial (50% pine wood fiber and 50% plastic) is for carving and engraving. It doesn’t take very much effort, especially with a power tool like a Dremel, and the results are gorgeous. Since my first attempts at engraving my Kupilka 21 I’ve wanted to try something a little more adventurous and decorative.

Not too many years ago I used to make and sell my own pottery (I’m pretty good with my hands) and one of my favorite things to do was to carve a small pattern into the wet clay around the edge of the pot.

Kupilka 21 Pencil Markings

I thought the same pattern would look cool on my Kupilka, so I marked out two tram lines to help me keep the pattern even. Creating the lines was done by placing the cup upside down on a flat surface, holding a pencil against the edge of the cup at a certain height while turning the cup around. Once the two lines were done it was time to break out my Dremel and have at it.

Kupilka 21 - Initial Engraving

I didn’t use any other pencil markings other than the two horizontal tram lines. I eyeballed the pattern directly onto the cup using my Dremel, starting on one side just under the handle and continuing all the way round until I reached the other side of the handle. It’s a very simple, repeating pattern and only took a few minutes. As you can see in the photo above, the Dremel leaves a very ruff finish that needs to be cleaned up.

I used a small piece of fine wire wool to gently rub the surface of the entire engraving. After a few rubs with the wire wool all of the ruff edges created by the Dremel were completely removed, leaving a smooth, clean finish.

Kupilka 21 - Engraving Cleaned Up

The end result looked great in my opinion. The irony is that even though I’ve got the bug to do even more carving and customizing, this is the only Kupilka piece that I have. I gave away all of the other Kupilka pieces earlier this year. I certainly don’t regret giving the other pieces away, it was a lot of fun getting all of your responses, but part of me wishes I had another piece handy to practice on while I’m on such a carving kick. I wonder if Kupilka will ever add any carvings or decorative finished to their Kupilka line up? I think that might be a really popular option, what do you think?

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  • JJ_Mathes

    that’s cool…how may grams did you shave off?  :D

  • JERMM

    that’s cool…how may grams did you shave off?  :D

  • Stephen

    Great stuff, makes me really want one now…will need to decide if I can fit it in to my gear list.

    -Stephen

  • Stephen

    Great stuff, makes me really want one now…will need to decide if I can fit it in to my gear list.

    -Stephen

  • Jason Klass

    Wow, that is cool Brian!  Are you bringing that to Mt. Whitney?  I’d like to see it in person.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      I could probably squeeze it in to my pack. It’s a great little cup and now mine is a one of a kind!

  • Jason Klass

    Wow, that is cool Brian!  Are you bringing that to Mt. Whitney?  I’d like to see it in person.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    I could probably squeeze it in to my pack. It’s a great little cup and now mine is a one of a kind!

  • http://www.adayak.com David

    That came out great! Looks like something you might see on Antique Roadshow.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Thanks David, though I’m not sure if I added to the value of the item or significantly reduced it. I guess time will tell :-D

  • http://www.adayak.com/ David

    That came out great! Looks like something you might see on Antique Roadshow.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Thanks David, though I’m not sure if I added to the value of the item or significantly reduced it. I guess time will tell :-D

  • http://sticksblog.com/ Chad “Stick” Poindexter

    Nice work Brian… I am going to have to get me a Dremel…

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Stick, I used to think that Dremel wouldn’t be useful for very many things, or that it was a toy tool that people who didn’t have “proper” tools used. After getting one for a Xmas present many moons ago I discovered that it has so many really great uses and find myself pulling it out for lots of small jobs. It’s perfect for hacking your own gear :-)

  • http://sticksblog.com/ Chad "Stick" Poindexter

    Nice work Brian… I am going to have to get me a Dremel…

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Stick, I used to think that Dremel wouldn’t be useful for very many things, or that it was a toy tool that people who didn’t have “proper” tools used. After getting one for a Xmas present many moons ago I discovered that it has so many really great uses and find myself pulling it out for lots of small jobs. It’s perfect for hacking your own gear :-)

  • http://twitter.com/makaiscom Makais.com

    the custom work looks great brian

  • http://twitter.com/makaiscom Makais.com

    the custom work looks great brian

  • http://www.facebook.com/strammel.trammel Shane Trammel

    Where did you get the biomaterial. Can you share a link.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Shane, take a look at some of my older Kupilka blog posts. You’ll see that the cup is made by a Finnish company called Kupilka. They make them, I did not use bio-material to make it myself – I just customized it!

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Shane, take a look at some of my older Kupilka blog posts. You’ll see that the cup is made by a Finnish company called Kupilka. They make them, I did not use bio-material to make it myself – I just customized it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/strammel.trammel Shane Trammel

    Where did you get the biomaterial. Can you share a link.