Interesting Epoxy Pigments

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  1. Trey9123

    Trey9123

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    Jul 1, 2020
    Anyone have any experience with any of the more unusual epoxy pigments floating around. I had a kit of standard solid colors, but there seems to be a whole plethora of different kinds floating around: metallic, pearlescent, fluorescent, glow in the dark, and lots of others. Any anyone recommends?
     
  2. weo

    weo KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 21, 2014
    I don't know about commercial pigments, but if you are just trying to hide any potential epoxy gaps just use some sanding dust from whatever material you are using.
     
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  3. Trey9123

    Trey9123

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    Jul 1, 2020
    No, I was thinking more to add interest to solid colors to fill larger voids. I know the sawdust trick well. I also like coco powder, it makes a nice super dark brown.
     
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  4. A.McPherson

    A.McPherson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 27, 2012
    There are lots of em out there.

    Check out Blacktail Studio on YouTube, he makes lots of big tables outta wood and almost always dyes the epoxy...

    The only think I've ever used was Rit fabric dye. It works ok, but I would recommend you get something that is actually designed for epoxy.
     
  5. argel55

    argel55

    Oct 30, 2005
    K and G supplies have the standard colors. Red, white. blue. black.green.yellow. and used to have orange.
     
  6. scott kozub

    scott kozub Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 1, 2018
    I use Pearl EX pigments from Michael's but amazon and Hobby Lobby should have them. You get a good assortment that you can mix for a good price. For translucent colours I used Alumilite dyes.

    https://www.michaels.com/default/10026520.html
     
  7. Travis Talboys

    Travis Talboys

    75
    Oct 30, 2018
    I've used Alumilite dyes in the past. They work well, and you only need the smallest amount.
     
  8. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    I use the K&G dyes. They work well and can be mixed to get a matching color for most any wood.
     
  9. Hankins

    Hankins KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 7, 2008
    PS Had one container of K&G black powdered tint that lasted me almost 10yrs...
     
  10. kbright

    kbright

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    Jun 27, 2004
    Laser printer toner is a polyester(?) fine powder that mixes well with epoxy resins. Toner refill kits are cheap on Amazon.
     
  11. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Yup, it lasts for many years. I have some of their colored pigments I bought over 20 years ago. I go through a jar of black and a tan about every couple years. It takes literally a toothpick tip dab to color a batch of epoxy enough to do one knife. I use the end of a popsicle stick to color 100 grams of resin. I know people use many things that they say "work well", but these pigments are dry pigment made to use with epoxy. Nothing beats the right product.
     

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