6 Fun Fall Epoxy Crafts You Can Do

Great Epoxy Kits even your kids can do!

As the weather starts to cool (or in Florida, just kinda stays the same) and the leaves turn, everyone starts to focus on holidays ranging from pumpkins to turkeys and Christmas Trees. Over the next few months, you will be tackling a range of arts and crafts projects from school to home and more. We have some tips on how to use epoxy to make your fall festive!

  1. pumpkin moldPumpkin Molds! A quick search on Amazon pulls up a myriad of silicone molds for making Jack-O-Lanterns, pumpkins and much more! Decorate your office, your mantle or make a centerpiece using our SuperClear Epoxy. You can make it clear, for a fun effect, or use or pigments to make it Orange. Even change it up and make purple and green! Let your kids pick!
  2. Save a piece of Fall! With the leaves turning, you don’t want to miss it. Now, you don’t have to with our Superclear Epoxy. Take the leaf and encase it in our crystal clear epoxy! You can make a coaster, or grab several leaves and make a serving tray! Now you will always have a piece of fall.fall leaf
  3. Make Some Jewelry! This is a perfect craft for kids! We have a pigment variety pack to make many different colors so let the kids pick out the color they want. The copper tubing resin pendantnext step is easier than you think. Take a small piece of PVC or Copper piping and cut it into 1/4″ pieces. You now have as many molds as you need! Mix up a batch of Superclear epoxy and pigment away. Or even add glitter, mica powder or dye to the epoxy. Let it dry and drill a hole and get some string and viola! You have beautiful hand-made necklaces in no time. pinecones
  4. Pinecones! Another fall staple that can spice up any table. Use our Superclear with some pigment of your choosing and brush it over the tips. You will love the look and it’s another project you can do with the kids. Add glitter for some extra fun and you will have a beautiful centerpiece. Also, try not adding any pigment and very lightly brush the tips for a water-tipped look. Everyone will ask where you got it and they will be amazed when you said you made it!
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  5. Cork Table! – This is one of my favorite projects! I’m not saying you have to drink all the wine for corks, but I’m also not saying you DON’T have to either! You can actually buy this kit at Home Depot, or buy a bag of corks at any arts and crafts store and make your own design. This is an easy project for our Superclear Liquid Glass. You can pour up to 2″ thick in one pour with this product, so once you have your corks laid out, and secured down, simply pour the product so it submerges the corks and let it sit for 72 hours. Once set, you will have an incredible table for your next glass of wine!  You can secure the corks using any kind of glue, or if you have some Superclear laying around, you can use that with a thin layer to ensure those corks do not float.
  6. Hand Tree – This one is really simple, and it’s kind of cheating, but I know all the other parents out there have their kids art hanging on their fridge; but wouldn’t it look even nicer if your kids art is encased in epoxy? Hang it on the wall, make a serving tray from it or even make it the focal point of a table! The possibilities are endless. So, take some finger paint and make a nice fall tree and use our Superclear to seal it with either a real thin coat or a coating up to 1/4″! Your kids will be so proud!
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    These are just a few projects you can do around the house with some Epoxy and some creativity. Do you have some more you can think of? Post them in the comments and it may appear on the next blog!

Product Spotlight: Arjay 6011

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We have spent lots of time talking about coring material. Coring is a big part of the fiberglass industry and an essential component in boat making. However, not all coring comes in sheets. One of our many really interesting products is a putty by Arjay products called 6011 Ceramic Putty, and this product can save a lot of work!

The Pourable Ceramic Transom putty is sold in 5-gallon pails and is meant to be a liquid coring material that dries extremely hard and rigid; perfect for transoms or stringers in a boat. Why is that exciting you may wonder? Simple; if you are repairing a soft transom, which is when the wood gets wet and needs replacing; instead of completely replacing the transom, you can simply dig out the wood and pour this product in. Once the gap is filled, and the putty is cured, you are done! Often times, the transom is harder and stiffer than ever before!

So, let’s talk specifics. The exotherm on this putty is relatively low, which means that you can catalyze the entire pail and pour the full five gallons without worrying about combustion. Arjay recommends you catalyze at 1%, so an 8oz bottle of MEK-P Catalyst should do it. Gel time is about 18-20 minutes, so you have some working time with this product. Obviously, you can extend that time by cooling the product down ahead of time.

With large pours, Arjay recommends one single pour, so you want to get everything ready to go ahead time, so you can maximize your time. You CAN do multiple pours with this product. Ideally, you want to perform multiple pours before it cures, but even after it cures, you can add another pour, but it isn’t recommended on anything structural because it does create a bit of a seam.

One important bit of information I learned first hand is not to spill it. Once this stuff cures, it’s extremely hard. It’s a tough grind to get off a surface, so make sure you clean it before it cures.

We even have a Handy-Dandy estimator for how many pails you need. Download it HERE: Arjay6011Calculator

Spider Cracks: The Guide

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Spider Cracks are a thorn in many boaters side. They seem to appear out of nowhere, and for no reason. Fixing them can involve more than just slapping on some gelcoat, however, and that is where we come in!

The first step needs to be ensuring that your spider cracks are just that, and not a sign of a soggy core, or a broken support. If the underside looks solid, and the surface is steady, then a spider crack is just a spider crack.

For properly fixing a spider crack, you will want to open the cracks to properly fill them. Usually, the easiest way to do that is with a Dremel. Once you open the cracks to a good size, you can lightly sand the surface and wash it down with soap and water, or Acetone to get the surface clean.

From there, you will want some Gelcoat Putty. Gelcoat putty is sold in many sizes, and only requires you mix in a 1-1/2% ratio of MEK-P Catalyst. Once mixed properly, you can use a putty knife to work the putty in the cracks. Once dry, you will sand to a nice, smooth surface and you are ready for the last part.

Now that you have a nice, smooth surface, you probably notice your white patch is still, well, white. Now you want to apply some gelcoat over the top to cover your patch. We can match gelcoat to a sample you provide, or you can check out the stock colors we have. We even have a brushable gelcoat that just requires you to brush it on and be done.

So, there you have it! Your patch is done, and that pesky spider crack is gone, and your boat is good as new! If you have any questions, you can call our technicians or comment in the section below. We are here to help!

What is Hi Gloss Ultra Clear Epoxy?

We discussed Laminating Epoxy and its 5 great key points about the product such as product comparisons, ratio, cure time, and activator results. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read our blog, (Click Here ).

Now, let’s change gears slightly and talk about Hi Gloss Ultra Clear Epoxy. You may have noticed the Hi Gloss Ultra Clear Epoxy’s first appearance looks similar to Table Top Epoxy and after the cure process, both products obtain a clear result. With the noticeable similarities, we assure you there are also differences that make them stand out. For one, Hi Gloss Ultra Clear Epoxy works great for surfboards and casting because of it’s 2:1 ratio. In contrast, Table Top Epoxy requires a 1:1, thin pours of no more than 1/4 of an inch. This allows a perfect coating application not casting. Hi Gloss Ultra Clear Epoxy 133547provides a clear gloss surface without the need to sand or buff. How is this possible? The results may sound similar to the Table Top Epoxy, however, the Hi Gloss Ultra Clear Epoxy cures to an almost clear finish all due to its zero UV additives. Because the product does not consist of any UV additives, your project will need to be clear coated after it has set up. With its 100% solids epoxy resin system, this product is designed for both laminating, casting and coating applications. It has a great easy wet out with a moderate gel time of 20 – 30 minutes at room temperature in a 1/2 pound mass.

Tip: Cure may be accelerated by mild heat such as lamps or tunnel ovens.

 

5 Key Points on Laminating Epoxy Resin

We can guess that you have used Epoxy before, if not, more than likely you have seen furniture, an object or project with epoxy on it. Now, Epoxy is not the same as Polyester and Vinylester due to its chemical properties. Another difference is, Polyester and Vinylester uses the same hardener and as a result, the appearance between the two are similar, while epoxy tends to have a slight yellow or amber appearance. 125463There are many different categories of epoxy, so today we will highlight one of them; laminating epoxy.

1) The laminating system cures to a high strength moisture resistant plastic, with good physical properties.

2) The ratio is well suited for use with high-solids marine, maintenance coating and bonding agents.

3) The cure time is three days in the sun or a week if it is not. Set time changes with activator and film thickness.

4) If there is an excessive amount of activator applied , the laminating epoxy will be soft and rubbery. In contrast, if there is not enough activator, the epoxy will not cure hard.

5) The epoxy cures faster in high temperatures in thick layer applications.

Please note: additional recoating of this material is thoroughly cured. If the product has cured hard and tack-free, a light sanding and solvent wash is advisable before recoating.