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"Through Lay" #1: My epoxy experiment

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Blog entry by SisQMark posted 02-15-2012 08:27 PM 3748 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone. This is my very first attempt at a blog, ever. If you are reading this then something in the title has captured your interest. I am attempting an experiment with epoxy (EnviroTex) that I haven’t seen before so I guess you would say I’m the pioneer. The stuff I’m using is called EnviroTex lite pour on high gloss finish. It’s a two part mixture of epoxy resin & polyamine hardener (equal parts of both). If you have never tried this, this stuff is amazing. One coat and it’s like 50 coats of varnish, i would highly recommend it! I like the way stained glass reflects light and thought I would bring this idea over to my woodworking, sort of. I started with a design and a piece of cupped blood wood. This piece of blood wood was something I was saving but over time cupped and ruined my idea for it. This wood is very hard & trying to plane it was a nightmare, (It got sniped so bad it looked like one of Greg’s boxes) so I figured I could use it’s twin for this project. I don’t know how this will turn out, but I’ll post my progress as I go. My idea is to cut out my design & fill it with envirotex so it will let light through. I am going to add some glitter to it & some other stuff to make it more interesting.


This is the design I chose.

I cut out the design, filed & sanded it as smooth as I could. Well that’s all for now, I’ll post again when I pour the epoxy. Thanks for checking out my first blog entry. I just hope some of you find this useful & follow me with my experiment. Have a good day my friends. See you in the next entry. Mark (SisQMark)
Here is a photo of the stuff I’m using (EnviroTex)

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark



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stefang

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 08:40 PM

This looks like a good idea. My first thought was that the butterfly might look better with the epoxy if there was some veining in the wings. You could also various batches with different artists colors and with veins you could use different colors in the different areas. My ideas are not meant as ‘improvements’ for your particular project. I just think you have a great concept there and it started me thinking. It will be fun to see the process and the results too, and thanks for posting.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 09:42 PM

This is great. Thanks for letting us see how you go about this. I have been wanting to try this product, just for slightly different applications. I will looking forward to how this works out for you.

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

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Tokolosi

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 09:44 PM

I use the Envirotex extensively. Love it. I make quick and easy little keepsake boxes with raised edges on the lids. Put a picture or some art in it and cover with the resin. you have a quick and easy gift that woman love. Especially if you put a picture of their kids or pets in it. I have also used it to fill in a cracked piece of Walnut that was destined for the scrapheap and is now a nice looking cheese board with a twist.

Recently another LJ was going to attempt to color the Envirotex to see how that would work.

Love the Butterfly!

Btw. I have found a similar product at the big orange store that is significantly less expensive than the brand name Envirotex

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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SisQMark

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 10:14 PM

Tokolosi, this stuff is great isn’t it? I do something similar. I put an image on chewing tobacco lids & cover it with the epoxy. I have found that you must coat the picture with spray poly first to avoid the picture from soaking up the moisture from the epoxy, thus discoloring it. Have you found the same? What might the name be of your discovery? I am interested. Thank you. You can PM me the answer if you want.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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Tokolosi

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 10:56 PM

Yes you have to seal the paper. If you are using actual photo prints you dont but a regular paper print needs sealing. Few things I do, depending on the aret. I either cover it in plastic laminate, or, and do practise this first before you try it, coat the entire picture (top and bottom) in regular white elmers glue and stick it down to the wood. But I like the idea of the spray-poly!

As for the name of the stuff I saw at the big orange store, I dont recall. I was buying some mineral oil and noticed the box. Same shape and size as the ET box but for like $10 cheaper than what I pay at a craft store.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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SisQMark

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#6 posted 02-15-2012 11:37 PM

Tokolosi, thanks for the info I’ll check the next visit. Note: the spray poly works great & drys pretty fast too.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 01:55 AM

I’m in fer the educatin part.. thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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