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Forum topic by Karda posted 10-02-2018 06:37 AM 442 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2018 06:37 AM

Hi, I want something to put in my epoxy to make the cracks in my bowls stand out, be a feature instead of a defect, any ideas

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#1 posted 10-02-2018 11:36 AM

I use colored chalk. Either powdered chalk line chalk from Lowes or make my own dust from colored chalkboard chalk from Hobby Lobby or walmart. I like to use blue.

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#2 posted 10-02-2018 01:31 PM

You can use finely ground glitter from Hobby Lobby or Walmart. I keep many colors in stock. You can fill cracks or tool lines into project parts to add accents.

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#3 posted 10-02-2018 01:39 PM

I use Testor model paint to color epoxy and it works well. It is cheap, easy to find and available in a wide variety of colors, including metallics.

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#4 posted 10-02-2018 02:01 PM

the skies the limit on what you can do,pen makers use a multitude of dyes,powders and metals.ive use ground stone like turquoise to fill cracks.metallic powders like gold and copper give a cool look also.have fun with it.

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#5 posted 10-02-2018 02:06 PM

x1 pottz.

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#6 posted 10-02-2018 04:29 PM

I use all types of things – glitter, powdered casting metals, coffee grounds, saw dust – never tried chalk, I will have to try it

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#7 posted 10-16-2018 06:48 AM

As others point out, you can add all manner of things. I’ve used oyster shells and turquoise powder for card embossing and ended up with what passed for turquoise, once polished.

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#8 posted 10-16-2018 01:03 PM

Avoid anything waterbased, otherwise sky is the limit. Printer toner, tattoo ink, pigments, oil paints, chalk, crushed stone or shell, glitter, sawdust, cocoa powder, spices, coolaid powder, etc.

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#9 posted 10-16-2018 01:15 PM

I’ve used black Transtint dyes and it seems to work fine. Not sure if that is recommended or not but it worked. They are a little pricey but it only takes a drop or two. I have also used fine copper and brass dust but it takes a lot before you get the look of actual metal. Another option is to put a dry filler into the cracks and drip CA over it. I actually like that better than epoxy with coarse materials like turquoise sand, especially in voids like worm holes. Note: Once you put something like stone in, don’t use your turning tools.

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