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Name: Naomi DiVincenzo
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naomimade
Jul 15, 2011 3:58 PM CST
A girlfriend of mine taught me how to use Epoxy Putty and some rocks for garden art....this is what I came up with...
"Rocky" is about a foot long..

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Jul 15, 2011 4:15 PM CST

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Wow - that is beautiful! Love the colors!
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Boopaints
Jul 16, 2011 12:27 AM CST

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I agree what fun, Naomi!!!! Do you have any other ones you've made?
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goldfinch4
Jul 16, 2011 1:41 AM CST
Very clever Naomi! I love anything "dragonfly" and that's very cute!
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SongofJoy
Jul 16, 2011 3:01 PM CST
Gorgeous colors ... really like that piece, Naomi. So the parts of the dragonfly are joined together with epoxy putty then? I've never used the putty ... I'm an E6000 glue girl. I'm partial to that but it doesn't work the best for all applications. I can see where the putty would be useful here. Tell me a little more about it, please. Lovey dubby

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 16, 2011 3:04 PM CST
Naomi I am in love with your wonderful dragonfly. Lovey dubby
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Jul 16, 2011 4:24 PM CST
Me too, Love the dragon fly.....
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Rose1656
Jul 16, 2011 6:57 PM CST
I love it! Where would I find epoxy putty? Craft shop or hardware store?
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Ridesredmule
Jul 17, 2011 6:31 AM CST
Lowes or Home Depot will have it. Maybe even Walmart. Ace Hardware too...
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Boopaints
Jul 18, 2011 4:08 PM CST

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I agree

I need more visuals...and also, Naomi, does this Epoxy putty come in a tube?
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Name: Naomi DiVincenzo
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naomimade
Jul 18, 2011 7:08 PM CST
I'm here! I'm here!!!
Good evening ladies, I forgot that I had posted here a few days ago.. sorry for the late reply!!
Thanks so much for your kind comments, too.

It was so easy... I bought EP 400 Epoxy Putty at Home Depot. My Hubby says that Ace Hardware has it too. It comes in a plastic wrapped "gray tootsie-roll" in a clear tube with a red insert. All you have to do is break off enough of the roll, knead it untill its a uniform color and use it within 5 minutes. It is starts to get warm, it's hardening so you'll have to work fast at that point. I used dime and quarter sized blobs. 'Rocky' is about a foot long.

WASH and throughly DRY all rocks you might use.

BE SURE to wash your hands with soapy water after every epoxy application!!! ... or that stuff will "become one' with your fingers! Gloves don't help... bare fingers are best.

I chose four long rocks for his wings, and then put an oval shaped blob of putty onto oval shaped rock for his body (The one with the turquoise glass gems)... and pressed the 'wing' rocks on too, on the sides. I worked upside down so that the wing tips would be pointing up a bit when I turned him over. After I got that section done, all I did was adhere other longer rocks for his body and a flat triangular shaped rock for his head. Then I used pea-sized epoxy blobs to adhere the glass gems.


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SongofJoy
Jul 19, 2011 5:26 AM CST
You just can't beat the look of those glass pieces out in the yard. They add such color and sparkle. Love using them! Thumbs up
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Rose1656
Jul 19, 2011 7:03 PM CST
I have some yard art bugs that keep losing their eyes. Do you think this putty would hold the glass eyes on to the rocks?
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 19, 2011 7:21 PM CST

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Rose, I'll wait for Naomi t tell you .......but that bug is ADORABLE!!!! Did you make him?
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Rose1656
Jul 19, 2011 7:25 PM CST
No. I wish I could take credit for them, but I bought them. I also have some ants and dragonflies.
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Boopaints
Jul 19, 2011 7:33 PM CST

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would you show those to us too? We can get ideas from you!
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Ridesredmule
Jul 20, 2011 6:46 AM CST
Yes, indeed, we absorb ideas from other folks treasures... Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Love the bug....
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Rose1656
Jul 21, 2011 5:52 PM CST
Here's mom and baby ant

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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 21, 2011 6:35 PM CST

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I love these ants!!!
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Robynznest
Jul 21, 2011 7:21 PM CST
You might be able to make those out of coat hangers.
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