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"Through Lay" #4: Epoxy Experiment

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Blog entry by SisQMark posted 02-17-2012 01:48 AM 3843 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Epoxy Experiment Part 4 of "Through Lay" series Part 5: My Epoxy Experiment »

Hello again, As I mentioned in my last post, when I got the next coat of epoxy put on I would post it, so here it is. This will be short, I promise. This side was still missing the glitter from when I first poured the epoxy because it sank to the bottom. So, I let it dry and applied another coat of epoxy mixed with glitter so it would match. Tomorrow I will coat this whole side with epoxy to include the edges. It should give the glitter some depth and a nice flood coat will finish bringing out the beautiful grain. As you can see when you add another coat it totally conceals any imperfections that my be present. This stuff is awesome. It’s coming along pretty good so far, and I am experimenting with adding color to a different batch by adding some acrylic paint. I don’t know how it will turn out, I just know it is taking a little longer to dry. If anyone is interested I’ll post the results of that test too. I mixed white & purple, and swirled it together to look like marble. Let me know if you are interested & I’ll add some pics. See you tomorrow. Have a good night all. Mark

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



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JoeyG

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#1 posted 02-17-2012 01:56 AM

That is looking great Mark. I would love to know the results of the paint mix. As you know that’s something I have been wanting to try on my inlays, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Thanks for doing all the hard work for me. LOL.

I must say, this is one of the most original, beautiful ideas I have seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing your experiences and moving the art forward another notch.

Have a safe night,
See ya tomorrow.

Joey

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

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SisQMark

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#2 posted 02-17-2012 04:20 AM

Thank you Joey. I will be glad to share the results of my test with the epoxy/acrylic mix. Secret recipe will be included. Hey so far so good, it’s curing nicely.

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

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Roger

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#3 posted 02-17-2012 12:32 PM

it is coming along nicely

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

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#4 posted 02-17-2012 02:41 PM

Thanks for starting this blog…I’ve been watching as well since I tend to play with epoxy, too! Your butterfly is looking good!

Have you ever tried the brand name In-Lace for a filler? comes clear or colored…they also sell many colorful rock granuels that can be added to the mix…or I’ve added them to clear epoxy like you did the glitter.

since I have tons of rock debitage, I’ve also thrown some obsidian and flint chips into the mix for experimentation. they sink to the bottom as you noticed with heavy objects…but sand to a great finish!

keep up the great experiments…you’re saving us all a little time by sharing your results!!!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#5 posted 02-17-2012 03:30 PM

The result looks great!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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SisQMark

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#6 posted 02-17-2012 04:45 PM

Thank you all for the encouragement & comments. It means a lot.
terryR- I have heard of the inlace product but never tried it. It sounds like something I would like to try though. I am trying acrylic paint as a coloring agent because it’s all I have at the moment. I will be posting the results of this test in my next blog. I kind of make due with what I have right now cause I’m disabled & have very limited income, (no fun money) so I just get creative. Thanks for following.

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

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#7 posted 02-17-2012 04:53 PM

Hey Mark, I have used the InLace. It’s a great product, but it is expensive. That’s why I began looking for other ways to add color to the epoxy. I have 2 inlace colors and while they look great they cost me something like $20-30. I like using a lot of colors and what I want to build up to in my inlays only have more and more colors and at that price I can’t afford them. I do plan to try some of their stone mixes. I really like the turquoise. Unless it ends up being cheaper to buy my own stones and mix it up myself.

Just thought I would chime in with my inlace experience. Great product, High price.

Joey

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

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SisQMark

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 05:13 PM

Thanks for the imput Joey. I know what you mean, people are real proud of their products these days huh? That’s why I am trying different stuff myself. Plus, your blog got me thinking about it and got the better of my curiosity. So.. I’m testing. I have the time, nothing but time. I can’t work a real job any more, (back injury) so I might as well do something I injoy right? Later today I’ll post again with the results of my epoxy / acrylic marriage.

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

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#9 posted 02-17-2012 05:45 PM

I can’t wait to see the results. I take care of the kids full time and play in the shop when they behave. LOL. This economy it just worked out that it was better for me to stay at home with the kids. I’m glad you found a little inspiration in my blogs, that’s why I did them.

I agree that you should do something you love. Luckily for us, there are a lot of people trying to find ways we can do what we love and sharing what they find.

I know you have given me a lot on idea’s on what I may be able to do. I like your idea so much I am going to try to work it into a upcoming project.

I do have a question and it might be a bit early to tell, but how strong do you think the bond is going to be? Any chance of it falling out, and do you think I would be able to re-carve it like I did my little evil grinch inlay?

Thanks again for putting in the time and risk and sharing it with us

Joey

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

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terryR

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#10 posted 02-17-2012 05:47 PM

yes, that inLace is pricey…diy is a cheaper way to inlay. I’ve started using a scale to measure how much color I add by weight (ink dye, sawdust, rock powder), and tend to get harder cures when using 2.5 parts epoxy and only 1 part color stuff.

most of my inlays are practice pieces on gourds, but maybe it’s time to try a wooden spoon???

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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SisQMark

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#11 posted 02-17-2012 06:23 PM

Joey- I’m also glad to here that I have given you an idea for your project. For the strength issue, real strong, I believe it is the reason that I was able to cut out the butterfly so thin. It’s about a 1/4” border of wood around the edges. I’ve sanded it & even pushed on it to check for myself, and it’s not coming out. Even if I filled it & left it at that, it would be fine. My intent is, when complete, the whole butterfly will be encapsulated in epoxy. I think with that kind of coverage it would survive an earthquake. This is going to be a window hanging. In case it falls I would be more worried about what it hit rather than it. LOL! Yes I do believe it could be carved after curing for awhile, at least a day. That’s an area I have yet to explore. I forgot to mention, the measurements of this project are: 4 3/4” wide at it’s widest point, 4” high, & 3/8” thick.
terryR- I’ve been keeping a eye on my mixtures too. I’m not to sure about acrylic in the mix yet, we’ll see how it goes. Yes try it out on a spoon, you should get great result there. It would only add to the flare of your spoons. Good luck. Mark

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

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Woodstock

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#12 posted 02-20-2012 06:40 PM

I just found this blog and I am enjoying the series and your experiments.

As a grade school aged kid I can remember my mom (who was really into art & crafts back in the 60’s, letting me fool around when she was pouring acrylic casts one summer vacation.

One thing she did to “suspend” material in the casts was to break the pour into two separate steps. First pour was only 1/3 o 1/2 the depth of the mold. She let it start to set up and thicken but not totally cure. Then add the material to be suspended (such as your glitter) and do a separate second pour to fill up the mold. First pour was thick enough to keep the suspended material from going to the bottom.

I still have 45 years later a USA wheat-back penny I cast in a mold that was a originally a whiskey shot glass. The penny is floating right in in the middle. Had to break the glass to get it out, but the cast came out really nice. I also have stashed away somewhere a large clear trivet she cast with a 10” x 9”x 1/4” slice of a very colorful Amethyst geode suspended 1/2 way in the mold by this process.

You might try his on your next cast to suspend items in the mold.

As for coloration, or for VERY thin (water thin) two part epoxy. I would try West Systems Epoxy. It isn’t cheap, but it works.

http://www.westsystem.com/ss/

-Dave

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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SisQMark

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#13 posted 02-20-2012 06:57 PM

Thank you Dave for the idea, brilliant idea! I will give it a go the next time around. Thank you & your mother for a very good idea. I will check out the link. Glad you enjoyed my blog. Have a good day.
Mark

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

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