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Sapan Ganguly

Apr 8, 2024, 2:54:22 PMApr 8
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Hello all,

It has been a long time since I was last at rLab, I've lost touch.

I'm looking for an artist/sculptor to help me with a job in my house.  I had an old fireplace removed, there is a hole in the floor where the hearth used to be.  I have a parquet floor around the hole.

Rather than filling the hole and then trying to match the parquet I was thinking I could do something more creative (but I'm not creative).  I was thinking of getting the hole filled with some kind of clear resin with something interesting floating inside it.

Do we have any artists in the group that would like to give this a go?  Or if you could point me in the direction of someone that would be great too.


Carlo Zinzani

Apr 16, 2024, 4:08:24 PMApr 16
Hi there, you can use some artistic clear wax, this is the stuff used to make bottles, glass panes and drinking glasses for cinematic purposes. You know when actors smash through windows?
There is an arts supply shop in Newbury specialising on sculpture materials and a few years ago I did purchase some of this wax for a similar project to yours. Google will come handy to find it.
You can dip objects while you pour the melted wax. It comes in pieces like stones in a bag. They will go liquid by heating and you'll have to give it a steer with some sort of tool.
You can melt it in a pot on a camping or kitchen hob at 120-140 Celsius. You may need to do a single fusion for best results. The pot may not be recoverable after use. 
I don't think it's suited for an area where you step constantly over it as over time it may crack and will scratch. 
This material doesn't cut and it's transparent as glass. Just make sure its the clear one as there are other similar wax materials which are semi transparent.

Sorry I couldn't answer earlier

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Tim Masson

Apr 17, 2024, 7:02:13 AMApr 17
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There are a number of Epoxy resin materials that are used to make things like 'River tables' (basically a slice of a huge log bonded with resin to represent a river - the resin - running between river banks - the wood. I have been thinking I might try this someday.  You could do a search on Google 'Clear Resin for wood' or 'making a river table'.  You could also look at the Epodex website  Epoxy Resin | Buy Premium Epoxy Resin Online |  other brands are available.  Wood turners also use similar epoxy resin products to turn items from very irregular wood pieces and root burrls.
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