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FAQ: Apoxie and Epoxy Putty

Hey, great work.. I saw the awesome job you did on the doll named- Stitches.  I was curious to how you came by the effect?  Was it air dry clay, epoxy resin, a new specialized mold, putty, plastic melting,  even heard some peeps are using gum-(too eww for me) – if possible, would love to know material used and brand.  I do only dolls for myself and don’t want to use my old toxic means since my son is still a baby.  Can donate some fundage for info.

Umi

Stitches was my third and will always be one of my favorite dolls I’ve ever made! Since I get asked a lot about her, I’ve decided to do an article to address your question.

As a refresher for those who aren’t familiar with Stitches, she’s the girl with the 3D stitches.

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Stitches’ stitches were achieved using epoxy putty. I used the Quick type Tamiya Epoxy putty specifically.

Epoxy putties come in two parts which once mixed together will harden by itself into whatever form or shape you desire. They’re available in “regular” or “quick” which refers to the work time you have before the medium fully hardens. Depending on your skill and needs, you could use both.

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I like epoxy putties because they usually come in pre-cut quantities that you usually just need to mush together when you’re ready to work with it, and you can get really fine detail work like making miniature shoe laces.

Tamiya Epoxy Putty is a favorite among mecha hobbyists which is how I discovered it so I knew it was going to adhere well to the type of plastic used on Monster High bodies. The only downside is that it’s really expensive if you want to use this specific kind of putty only do so for very fine details or as a support structure of some kind. You don’t get a lot of it.

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Recently I’ve been using more Apoxie sculpt/putty. My favorite brand is Aves. The company has since expanded to accommodate artists so they have putties and sculpt that may be a perfect color match for your project… which means no recolors, woo!

Apoxie sculpt comes in tubs. Just like epoxy putty, you mix two parts together but have a much longer “work” time period before the medium fully hardens. The downside to apoxie sculpt is that you have to eye-ball the two parts when you mix them together, and you’ll want to wear latex gloves when mixing because it leaves chalky residue during the mixing process. You can minimize the mess or smooth a surface by keeping a bit of water nearby.

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Some people have reported skin irritation when working with apoxie sculpt. If you’re one of those poor unfortunate souls just make sure to wear gloves when working with it.

Apoxie sculpt is more readily available and can be easily found in any craft store or ordered online. It can do the same job that epoxy can, my one pet peeve is just the chalky residue that happens when you’re working with it. When the apoxie sculpt is close to hardening, there’s less chalky residue.

To my knowledge, neither apoxie or epoxy putty is toxic. It’s only harmful if ingested. Both require mixing two parts which triggers a bonding process that doesn’t create any fumes or any side effects other than to harden once they combine. They are essentially self-hardening clay. Just be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after you work with them so there isn’t any residue on your hands.

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  1. Love your blog, it’s my go to for doll mods. One thing I think you should know is that many epoxy 2-part putties are known to contain carcinogens. Not sure if your brand does. We use a carcinogenic version of it in my university stop motion animation class and our professor opens windows and has us work with gloves and the blue molded face masks to reduce our exposure. Be careful!

    1. Thanks for sharing this bit of info! Do you know the brand they use for your school?

      The brand I use doesn’t have any kind of strong odors and when that is the case, I assume that it’s generally safe to handle. I have heard people with sensitive constitutions report having issues with skin irritation so they need to wear gloves when handling epoxy.

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