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Old 11-03-2017, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Red face Casting With paint chips

I was walking through Ace Hardware today and noticed a shelf full of packages of different color paint chips used on garage floors after spreading epoxy. The chips are spread on top of the epoxy to add color and texture to the floor.

Has anyone tried using these paint chips for casting blanks?

If so any suggestions because I want to try but donít want to waste resin?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-04-2017, 12:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have made a few blanks with silmar 41 with no problems. I would suggest lightly stiring the resin and chips until it starts to thicken because the chips will sink and bunch up.
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Old 11-04-2017, 01:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think that is a very interesting idea and would be further interested in seeing (buying?) the results.

I like a pen blank made from a variety of different colors/sizes of plastic buttons also.
Can't get them anymore from a usual vendor in Canada and would be interested in getting them from someone else.

Keep me posted !

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Old 11-04-2017, 07:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yep, they'll work just fine. As was mentioned the only trick is making sure they don't all sink to the bottom.
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Old 11-04-2017, 08:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Could these chips be glued to the brass tubes with CA before casting?
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I had a bagful that a floor layer gave me so I filled the mold full, but holy crap was it hard on tools.
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Old 11-04-2017, 03:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey, thanks everyone. I’m going to buy a few bags and give it a shot. I’ll let you know what happens.
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