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Epoxy Inlay #3: drill and fill the eye

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 12-03-2011 04:31 AM 1777 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I think the pictures tell all. I almost forgot to do this.


This is the second layer of epoxy. I take extra care in filling the pockets left by air bubbles. I use a toothpick to push the epoxy into the craters. I have a spatula I made from a piece of pine that has a rounded edge. I can post a in anyone wants to see it. I use this as a squeegee to force the epoxy into the craters also. This can be tricky because if you wait to long it gets real stick and messes things up.

Nothing left for this blog but to post the pics of the finished box. That will be next week some time. Thanks for hanging out. I believe I learned more than I shared but that’s what it is all about.

Until next time,

Joey

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks



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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 12-03-2011 11:28 AM

Great posts. I have been following your work for the last several weeks and have a question. Where do you buy the epoxy and/or learn more about its applications?

I am a NEW woodwrecker and would like to try something like this. I have tried something similar with colored sand and superglue on a piece of walnut scrap to see what happened and it wasnt pretty!

Any help would be appreciated. Love your work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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JoeyG

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 12:34 PM

welcome jaykaypur. I guess the easiest question is where I got it. I picked it up at my local woodworking store. Mine is Klingspore, Yours may be Woodcraft. I don’t know if the big box stores carry what you would need or not. I first tried Loctite in a syringe, but it stays rubbery. So I then pulled out a woodworkers best friend after his tools….........GOOGLE. LOL I started researching inlays and epoxys and other word I could think of that might help me find what I needed. Once I found the epoxy, the hard part began. How do I color it? After spending about $50 with shipping for two colors I decided there just had to be a cheaper way. So I went back to GOOGLE and it seems that people use everything from coffee grounds to ground up rocks. I mainly use acrylic paints. They cost $1-2 and the epoxy still gets hard. I am now looking into trying to use a casting resin. I have researched it some but haven’t had the chance to pick any up.

The only real suggestion I can give is if you want to do it, then do it. It’s easy to get caught up in try to learn how to do something that you never get around to doing it. I try to spend just enough time to get a general idea of what I want to do, then go try it myself. I suggest keeping the project small and going for it. I usually learn more from my mistakes than my reading. The reading just points me in the right direction.

Here is a link for some basic info.

http://www.arizonagourds.com/inlace.html

It is for inlaying in gourds, but the idea is the same for wood. Good luck and I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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