LumberJocks

colouring epoxy

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodturning forum

Forum topic by Karda posted 10-02-2018 06:37 AM 709 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Karda's profile

Karda

2353 posts in 1356 days


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


9 replies so far

View Jim Finn's profile

Jim Finn

2839 posts in 3724 days


#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.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

View poospleasures's profile

poospleasures

857 posts in 3286 days


#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.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

View JayT's profile

JayT

6402 posts in 3013 days


#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.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

View pottz's profile

pottz

10278 posts in 1786 days


#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.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

View johnstoneb's profile

johnstoneb

3146 posts in 2974 days


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

x1 pottz.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

View OSU55's profile

OSU55

2649 posts in 2791 days


#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

View Kelly's profile

Kelly

3050 posts in 3746 days


#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.

View RobHannon's profile

RobHannon

337 posts in 1332 days


#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.

View Lazyman's profile

Lazyman

5634 posts in 2189 days


#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.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com