Layered epoxy inlay #7: Correcting My Mistake

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 01-12-2012 01:13 AM 2336 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I left you last time I had created a big problem by putting to much paint in my epoxy mix. Now I get to scrape it all out. Since it is still gummy I figured it would just clog up the bit on my dremel so I did it the old fashion way. I a have also included a couple of samples I am working on so I hopefully avoid further problems.

This first picture shows the tools I have assembled for the job. Just a knife and a couple of chisels.

Here is the chisel that did most of the work. I was able to get under the black and just peel it out after I took my chip carving knife and cut a slice in between the colors. I didn’t want to pull anything out that I didn’t want to. I don’t think I really had to worry about it, but at this point better safe than sorry.

I basically took out all the black that I had put in. After that I decided I wanted to try some samples, both for how the color turned out and how the epoxy set up.

I have each sample labeled

Pencil: I took a carpenter’s pencil and shave off the wood with my utility knife and then ran the knife down the lead crating shavings. I then mixed it to the epoxy with green glitter. It seems to have cured to a very hard state already and it has only been a couple of hours since I made the sample.

Alcohol: This is the alcohol ink I showed earlier in the blog. I mixed about 2-3 drops into dime size pools of epoxy. I also added the green glitter. This mix is setting up much slower. I can still indent it when I put a finger nail to it. We will see how it is in the morning.

Glitter: This one is only glitter. I mixed roughly equal amounts of black and green glitter to dime size pools of epoxy (I used about the same amount for each batch) Like the pencil lead, it has already set up and cannot be indented.

Tomorrow I will sand them down, looking for how hard the epoxy is, how many bubbles there are, and what the color looks like.

The next picture I show the blow torch. I had spoke of it in a earlier episode and just wanted to show it here. I keep the flame over the epoxy and never pointed at the epoxy. As it heats up bubbles begin to rise and it begins to flow. I am not convinced that it helps a lot, but even pulling a couple of bubbles to the top saves work later.

Well that’s about it for now. My advice: If you feel like you added to much paint, throw it away. The waste cost will be much less than the hours lost trying to fix it.

Until next episode,

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 01:28 AM

I will say this… certainly are dedicated. When this is finished I am positive that it will be a work of art and a great learning experience for you and those of us following along. Thanks!

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

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 01:54 AM

I was wondering what “pencil” color was in the picture, I thought it was some kind of italian finish…
Then I read the text for the picture :):)

You are a patient man.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 04:06 AM

Part of the reason I like to start the blogs when I start the project is that I have to finish it or all of you guys will know that I quit. Keeps me honest. LOL

That’s funny Ian. I’ll have to call this my Italian Job. LOL. I don’t know about patient, more like determined. I want this to work. So I will find a way to make it work. And I have way to many hours in it to throw it away and start over.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 01-12-2012 06:54 AM

its looking good and you are dedicated so as larry the cable guy would say, getr done

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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Alan S

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#5 posted 01-12-2012 05:41 PM

Looking good, Joey! I’ve used the polyester resin (Clear Casting Resin) from Douglas and Sturgess:

Under “Pigments, Dyes, and Colorants” they also sell powdered dyes. Some are solid colors while others that they call “Luster Pigments” have different effects such as glitter or pearlescence. The blanks I’ve made can have small air bubbles within them, on the order of 0.5 – 1.0 mm in diameter. People use CA glue to fill in these voids whenever they appear on the surface of a turning.

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 01-12-2012 06:55 PM

Thanks Joey. I’m quite interested in your experiences. Keep ‘em coming.
And thanks to Alan S for that link.
I’ve used clear casting resins before. Practically, I can’t tell much difference between CCRs and epoxy. Have you found any major working differences?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 01-12-2012 07:34 PM

@ Alan, Thank you. I think I will have to pick some up in the future and do a side by side comparison of the two.
Do you color the CA glue or does it even show up?

@ Gene, Thank you I will have more up soon so stay tuned…......

-- JoeyG ~~~

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