creating an ombre blue lake effect in epoxy... filling voids in Juniper

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Forum topic by thatlabguy posted 12-15-2013 06:07 AM 1181 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2013 06:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: filling voids in juniper with epoxy and coloring the epoxy to create a lakerivers

I am trying to create a lake efffect for a Juniper coffee table as the piece I am using has several large voids. I want the colors to be darker on the bottom and become lighter as I fill the void to try and create the effect of looking into a deep blue lake. I have depth of about 2” to work with. Any suggestions on dyes to use and how to create the “ombre” effect?


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#1 posted 12-15-2013 12:51 PM

You could try mixing a gloss coat with dye in layers allowing it to dry/cure between layers. I think if you used that crystal clear bartop epoxy (I don’t know the name but I’ve seen it at different craft and hardware stores) you could get the effect you are looking for

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#2 posted 12-15-2013 02:44 PM

Great question.

I think for it to work the background would have to have a lighter color. This would be so the light would have something to bounce back off.

Then mix less dye into each layer as you fill.

Also it would have to be well sealed to keep air bubbles from forming.

How ever you do it, I sure would like to see the end results.

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#3 posted 12-16-2013 02:17 AM

2nd on seeing the end results. Good luck on this.

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 04:07 PM

If you pour the resin in layers of different tints I think it might end up looking just that, layered. What about staining the wood surface inside the voids first, blending to darker at the bottom, then filling it with a single pour of lightly tinted resin?

Either way, I’d try it on scrap first…

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