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: Kay-Cel

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We offer many types of Coring materials here at FGCI. Each material has different uses and benefits. Finding the right one for your project can be challenging. We are here to help! Today’s product spotlight is on a foam coring material called “Kay-Cel.”

Kay-Cel is a reinforced Closed-Cell Polyurethane foam panel. The surface has 18oz Woven Roving on top and has a density of 25 pounds. We sell the 4′ x 8′ sheets in everything from 1/2″ thickness to 2″ thickness.

The great part about Kay-Cel is the strength and the relative lack of weight. The sheet is 30% lighter than plywood, but unlike plywood, the sheets will not rot. That is extremely important for projects like transoms and stringers, where the product could be introduced to water. The foam uses a cross-linked polymer foam that allows the foam to not absorb water. As a result; it’s structurally sound, and great for use in marine applications.

You can check out our Kay-Cel selection on our website HERE. 

 

5 Tips for Using Brushable Gelcoat in the Summer

jorge-vasconez-642329-unsplashImagine sitting on a secluded beach with an ice cold beverage, listening to the waves crash on shore, and the birds chirping in the palm trees. Sounds relaxing? The summer months can be a perfect time for a vacation, but when working on a project, the heat can be a big problem. Here are some helpful tips on how to work with brushable gelcoat during the hot summer season.

  1. Cooling the gelcoat, by refrigerating the product to around 65 degrees, will give you up to 15 minutes of working time.
  2. Humidity can be another factor, so, make sure the mold and surrounding area is dry before applying your brushable gelcoa134054t.
  3. Make small batches of gelcoat at a time and catalyze at 1 ½ % to avoid the material from getting hotter. When spraying the gelcoat, make sure you catalyze at 2 %. If you choose to use Duratec, please note, the product must be cool as well.
  4. If you seek to roll on the gelcoat, the product should be applied evenly at 14 mil thick.
  5. Do not apply gelcoat in direct sunlight.

Technician Interview: Carbon Fiber

Many FGCI customers and subscribers have asked questions that were related to a better understanding of Carbon Fiber. So, we sat down with our technician, Pat Hery, and informed him of the common questions, and we must say, the responses were quite interesting!

 

 

 

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What are the common uses for carbon fiber?

There are many common uses for carbon fiber such as golf clubs, bicycles, aircrafts, automotive, iPhone cases. But, we usually see carbon fiber used as aesthetics, like car parts, hoods and speaker boxes. Unless used for race car or boats were speed is the demand.

What are the advantages of using carbon fiber?

The advantage is, it has the same thickness compared to steel. And as far as stiffness and strength the comparison will require more fiberglass to get the same yield. 

What is the prep method before the application process?

The method depends solely on the mold or if they are overlaying a part. Using epoxy or Vinylester can also be a determining factor. Now let’s say they decide to use epoxy, then, they need to determine if the epoxy is high temp due to the fact that most epoxies will soften up in Florida or in an area that is hot. If they are overlaying a part or making a one-off, they will laminate the carbon, put an extra coat of resin, sand with a 320 and apply an automotive clear.

What are the different ways to apply?

The different methods to apply carbon fiber depend on the surface area one is trying to go over. Carbon Fiber doesn’t like anything but a general curve. When it comes to the application, most will spray super 3M 77 so once the carbon is put in place, it won’t move when doing a thorough wet out of the carbon.

Does the thickness of the carbon matter?

When it comes to thickness of the carbon, this will be important as it can dictate the maximum strength you are looking for. Lastly, the thickness of the layup will depend on what you are trying to achieve.