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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Coffee table idea... epoxy/resin question. on: January 28, 2009 03:40:07 PM
Your sides wouldn't have to be raised the whole 3/4".  On our poker table, we made a "fence" on the inside and outside, about 1/2" tall.  The resin pours in 1/8" self-levelling coats, so after a few, we were up to the top.  The next two coats went above the fence...the main surface will still self-level to 1/8" per coat, and the excess drips off the edge.  I just went around smoothing the edges while it set up, and grinded the hardened drips off the bottom once it was cured.  The result on the top was a nice smooth edge, that just slightly rounds off over the fence below.  You could do this...the only extra concern would be your middle--whether you need to protect it, or if you can pour the perimeter resin first, then set the center in place later (like we did).

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Coffee table idea... epoxy/resin question. on: December 04, 2008 09:55:02 AM
Just finished a bottle cap project...we did a poker table w/ "speed" felt in the center, with epoxy-covered bottle caps around the perimeter.  Used "kleer kote" from US composites.  Was a fairly easy project...just follow the directions to a 'T'.  I don't quite understand the layout of your project, but the previous poster is probably right--you might need to incorporate edge fences to keep the material where you want it.  For our project, we allowed the epoxy to drip over the edges, and just smoothed it out.  That gave it a nice rounded edge from the natural self-levelling of the material.

3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Baby-o'-Lantern - My little pumpkin on a pumpkin on: November 03, 2008 12:13:41 PM
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Baby-o'-Lantern - My little pumpkin on a pumpkin on: November 02, 2008 11:42:50 AM
Just finished my two for this year...putting the pics in my gallery.

Also, one other valuable tip...if you have a hobby lobby in your area, go there NOW.  They usually have "Funkin" brand foam pumpkins 1/2 off right after halloween, so you can get a good sized one for like $12.  Same carving principles apply, but you have to use a Dremel tool to do the shading.  That's the only way I do them now (all of my pictures are carvings on these fake pumpkins).  Last forever versus a few days.

ps.  Don't be fooled by the fake "carvable" pumpkins at Michaels...not worth it at all.  Stick w/ Funkin brand.

Nugget

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=189601
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Baby-o'-Lantern - My little pumpkin on a pumpkin on: October 31, 2008 07:47:48 AM
Very nice!  Portrait pumpkins have been a hobby of mine for a couple of years now.  For your next one, here are a couple of tips for a little more detail...

Most photo programs have an effect called "posterize"...this delineates the areas of contrast a little, and when you play with the levels, you can get it to where you see 3 overall tones (dark, shaded, and light).  It takes a little work, but you can then go over the picture with the "paintbrush" function and turn it to 3 overall colors...black, white and grey

Then, when you carve the pumpkin, you leave the black areas alone, cut the white out completely, and just cut a the skin and a little of the flesh off of the pumpkin which will give you a shaded look.  One example is at the below link (i'm too new to post directly in the body, sorry).

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=188496
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bottle Cap Table Top on: October 30, 2008 10:34:36 AM
Here's something similar I did, with a poker table...

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=188498
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bottle Cap Table on: October 30, 2008 08:23:28 AM


8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bottle Cap Table on: October 30, 2008 08:19:25 AM
Don't know if you're still looking for help, but I just finished a similar project on a poker table my buddies and I built.  Its got 600 caps on it...not as many as yours, but not bad for a few guys over one summer Smiley

Anyway, if your caps are secure, thats a start.  I used a product called Kleer Kote by US composites, available several places online.  For that size of an area, expect to use 3-4 gallons of the stuff (I used one gallon for this, which is just under 5 sq ft of epoxy area).  The directions of the stuff are pretty straight forward, but a couple pieces of advice.

Start early one morning...you have to wait 3-4 hours between coats, and if you wait longer than 8-12, you need to sand the surface before applying the next one.

Your first coat or two will probably go toward sealing the bottom of the caps, and closing off any remaining air pockets.  The 3rd (and fourth if desired) are what give you the nice level flat surface.

Follow directions to the T...mix thoroughly, don't scrape the bucket while pouring, and mind the bubbles.

Good Luck





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