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Working with epoxy resin crafts/colors blooming or spreading

I'm fairly new with this craft, 2 years BUT not steady because of discouraging results so ..... Can anyone tell me please how do I get the pretty or 🤯 results when I add color to my epoxy resin the ...
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What glue to use to make a resin sticker that adheres well to the back of an iPhone?

I am in the process of creating a few domed stickers for my phone, like the ones shown here. I have created these in a silicone mold and want to apply some kind of glue to the backside so that I can ...
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Repairing small spot on epoxy table damaged by adhesive

After setting up a new epoxy table as a computer desk, I placed a small keyboard stand with rubber feet on it. Unfortunately, it seems like the rubber feet had some sort of adhesive coating on them, ...
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Are there epoxies or resins that do not cure hard?

I am wondering if there exists a kind of epoxy or resin that doesn't dry "hard". I've seen so many of the hard variety in stores and online. The thing is, somewhere, somehow, I've gotten the ...
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How to eliminate cloudiness in my cast resin pieces?

I'm making my own small resin jewelry pieces, using metal for framing them. I'm using Mercola liquid glass crystal resin that is advertised as being extra strong and ultra transparent. I mixed it at ...
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Manually bending an epoxy-resin object: can I adjust the materials to have it remain pliable?

I want create a small statue with a set of gargoyle\bat like wings that are outstretched, but which curve inwards. The total span of each win will be less than 8" (≈ 20 cm) from base to tip. ...
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Recommended resin thickness on a life sized status cast around a metal armature?

Project: To make a life sized statue of Freddy Mercury in black marble effect casting resin (Two part epoxy, 1 to 1 by volume). Process: A clay statue has been sculpted around a mesh armature, and a ...
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Is it possible to cast a pine branch in epoxy resin

I have a small branch of a silver pine (freshly cut, with needles still attached) and I’d like to cast it in epoxy. I’ve built a mold about 24 x 26 x 6 cm (9.45 x 10.24 x 2.36 in). The volume is ...
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What are some inexpensive alternatives to epoxy resin for diorama water effects?

I make dioramas and use epoxy resin for water features. However, epoxy is expensive ($80 for a gallon where I live), toxic, and it gets cold where I live, which isn't good for curing. So what are some ...
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What is the best way to make photoluminescent resin with diffraction grating holographic effect?

I am creating a "Super Mario Invincibility Star" for my son. I've been working with resin now for roughly 5 years and have yet to see anyone create glowing resin with diffraction grating. I ...
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Epoxy resin won't dry and remains sticky

I've just started making epoxy resin jewellery as a hobby, but I'm having trouble getting it to not be sticky. I've used the AB resin 1:1 instead of 2:1 and that takes ages to set and is still sticky. ...
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What is this thing on top of my bucket of resin?

I have a giant unopened bucket of HTR 386 resin, but I don't know what this plastic half-circle thing is on the top of the lid It's surrounded by a solid metal circle, and the plastic half-circles ...
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What can I use to slow down the curing of 2-part epoxy?

I've been repairing a Chinese porcelain tea set for a friend using the faux-kintsugi technique involving gold mica powder and 2-part epoxy, based on Elmy's answer here. I'm using UHU Plus Schnellfest ...
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Are there every-day substances that can be used to color 2-component epoxy adhesive?

I would like to repurpose a 2K epoxy adhesive in a kind of casting resin: I've got to pour in a small electrical switch into a wooden hole that was drilled too large. The adhesive is transparent, that ...
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Acrylic piece vs Epoxy resin

I'm making some pegs for my music instrument. I have seen in the market a lot of these pieces under the category of " Acrylic". They have a metal rod in the down part inside the acrylic to ...
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Giving epoxy resin an opaque color

I have project in which I want to use epoxy resin. I want to get a white non-transparent color, pretty solid though, and I was wondering if acrylic paint is a good option to mix into the resin?
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How to care for large epoxy tables and counters?

There are many fascinating videos and pictures of people creating gorgeous tables and kitchen counters from epoxy resin. I'm planning on making such a table for myself, but it got me thinking: Is ...
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Can you make epoxy resin art clearer (more transparent) after the object has dried?

I tried to cast epoxy resin on a pine cone, and used 1kg total (resin + hardener). I used around 3 drops of dye but the object is too dark now (and not see-through). Is there a way to somehow make it ...
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Is there a type of ink that dissolves in epoxy resin?

Inspired by this question, I suddenly wondered if there is a type of ink that would dissolve slightly as the epoxy resin sets. Say that a text gets printed on a sheet of white opaque acrylate, and, ...
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Does cement or concrete stick to cured epoxy-resin?

According to my brief research, in case someone wants to apply concrete to another material made of concrete, resin is needed to make them stick together. So, I am wondering if cement or concrete ...
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Simple as possible DIY box for making silicone molds

I want to use liquid silicone to make several simple moulds, which I will then use to make resin casts. My aim is to mass produce a custom miniature base, that I originally 3D printed, in two part ...
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Can I use a hair dryer to remove bubbles from casting resin?

Instructions on resin casting with silicone moulds frequently say to use a long necked lighter on the surface of two part epoxy casting resin to remove bubbles. If I am in an environment where naked ...
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How can I seal a photograph inside a block of resin?

Is there a simple way of coating or encapsulating a photograph so that I can set it inside a block of two part transparent epoxy casting resin? The photograph is from one of those print your own photo ...
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Rock Tumble Epoxy

I would like to reuse the waste material I have from trimming and grinding quartz and I had the idea of mixing the material with epoxy, shaping it, and then putting it into a rock tumbler. Will a rock ...
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What is the maximum amount of time I should leave between resin layer?

I want to set micro diorama using tabletop gaming pieces in clear resin. I will put in an opaque base layer for the ground. Set up a scene on top of it and then fill this second layer with clear resin,...
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Will two-part epoxy casting resin melt Lego?

I want to create a custom two-part epoxy resin sculpture of a robot, with Lego Technic inside as a skeleton. Will the resin get so hot it will melt the plastic?
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Can two-part epoxy casting resin be diluted?

I want to make several resin casts using a featureless spherical silicon mold. The mold only has a diameter of 6 cm (think paperweight or billiard ball with a tabletop miniature sealed inside), but I'...
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How do I color clear resin after it has hardened?

I want to 3d print some Christmas decorations that are semi transparent, and different colors. I could color the resin before I print, but as I want the decorations to be different colors this would ...
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Can I use epoxy to stabilize/restore 18th century giant pottery?

I have this giant ancient oil jar (18th century) outside of my house, and it has been an outside decoration since ~1960 and it probably has suffered from the winter temperatures. It's a pretty big ...
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Too Much Alcohol Ink, Overshooting the Color Too Dark

I was lead here to this site FROM THIS POST on getting a transparent colored epoxy. One question is if I am using an alcohol ink for a transparent colored pour, what happens if I overshoot the color i....
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is there such a thing as a wide belt sander attached to a flex shaft?

I want to sand/polish resin mold crafts. Most of the pieces I work with are around 2" on their widest sides. I am looking into a belt sander to avoid the manual process of sanding by hand. So far ...
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Curing non-UV epoxy resin with a UV light?

I'm creating simple alphabet letters using normal household 2-part resin. It seems to be taking forever and a day to cure. I know things such as lamps and turning up the heating can accelerate curing ...
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Comparison: epoxy resin vs. glass

I wonder how does epoxy resin compare to glass. I have in mind at least: mechanical strength; elasticity / bending; "break-ability" others. The source for this "curiosity" is the ...
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Can I mix acrylic paints into resin?

I use resin a lot and have pigments for them as well. These are extremely expensive though. Is it a good idea to mix acrylic with resin? Has anyone done this? If yes I'd like to know how it turned out ...
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How do I remove modelling clay from my parts and silicone mold?

I've just created my first silicone mould, well, the first part of a two part mould. I've used OOmOO 30, which is great. However, I've used a modelling clay called Sculpey III to raise parts in the ...
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How can I make molded fake dirt?

I'm planning to sell small pots and as part of my display I'd like to "plant" fake plants in some of them. I'd like it to look as real as possible, so my goal is to have the plant "growing" out of a ...
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Can epoxy fluidity be changed, before it is cured?

For this kind of project I have in mind using epoxy of different viscosity: to create the "base structure" use (very) viscous epoxy - especially for the curved area; I could shape it like I could ...
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Do I need safety equipment when working with epoxy resin?

I saw a lot of Youtube videos about people creating jewelry and artwork with epoxy resin. Most of them do not wear any gloves or other safety equipment, but some do. Recently I saw a video of a ...
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Create large objects from epoxy

I purchased an apartment some time ago, all the repairs are mostly finished. Because of some oversight, I am not in a lose-lose situation. In the bathroom, I do not have enough space for the sink that ...
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Epoxy: adding fresh over cured

I have read in several places that adding fresh silicone over cured one will not work, as the new silicone will not adhere to the old. The question is: if I create some object of epoxy resins, can I ...
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Does epoxy's final bond strength depend on its rated cure time?

I've been building a decently strength-sensitive project and received conflicting advice regarding the final bond strength of epoxies. I've heard some say that bond strength has nothing to do with ...
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Will 20 psi get out air bubbles when resin casting? [closed]

I’ve been trying to figure out how much psi I need to get air bubbles out of resin when casting. Does anyone have experience with this? Can anyone tell me what amount of pressure will get rid of air ...
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Transparent resin to fill small acrylic plastic container?

I have a small clear acrylic plastic container, roughly spherical and about 1.5 cubic inches in volume, with a 1/4-inch wall and thinning to about 2mm at the top edge (near the 1-inch diameter lip). I ...
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How to fill gaps in spherical resin molding

I'm planning on casting an object in clear resin using a spherical silicone mold and did a test to see what I'd have to expect. It's came out quite well - better than I thought it would! - but around ...
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How to dye or tint epoxy resin to produce translucent colors?

A while ago I started crafting with epoxy resin. At first I just coated objects with clear resin, but recently I experimented with adding colors to it. I got nice results with powders (like glittery ...
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How to dry out epoxy resin faster than usual?

I made MDF coasters and decorated them using epoxy resin with attractive colors and pearl powder. It took 25-30 hours to completely dry out. In the meantime, few dust particles settled on it and I ...
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Will commercially produced soap coated in epoxy resin last?

I have started to resin-coat certain novelty soaps. I first coat in mod podge, then I give it 2 layers of epoxy glass resin. It is looking fabulous, but someone told me that soap has too much water in ...
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Is epoxy a reasonable adhesive choice for repairing pottery?

I need to repair a cracked pottery bowl - an epoxy seems like a reasonable choice since there are some gaps of around 1mm width. The material seems fairly porous, and is maybe 3-4mm thick. Obviously ...
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Ways to cast a rod shape out of resin?

I'm looking for a way to cast a rod out of clear epoxy resin. (I want to make a fake lightsaber.) The most obvious way would be to use a hollow cylinder-shaped mold, but I'm wondering if I have ...
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