Recently, I’ve found this great new-to-me blog KidsHaus and while I read very few blogs on regularly, I love checking in on this one. Case in point, this post on toothpick sculptures which was originally created by a most brilliant 6 year old with some toothpicks and mini marshmallows. So that option is still brilliant but I wanted it to be permanent. And the solution is epoxy putty! It is our new centerpiece and boy is this thing one pretty piece.
Epoxy, much less epoxy putty, is pretty nasty stuff so don’t use with kids (stick with those marshmallows) and do it in a well ventilated area and mix it in your hands with some gloves. I admit I did mix up some without gloves on and it didn’t burn my hands to a crisp or stick to them in the time it took to mix it up but I only kneaded a small bit at a time and rinsed my hands thoroughly before it started heating up + setting up. But don’t do it. Just wear some tight fitting surgical gloves and you’re good to go. It’s a standard two-part epoxy mix that comes pre-portioned so all you have to do is mix it together to activate it. It’s like clay so you knead it a bit to mix together the two agents and in about 15 minutes it’s hard as a rock.
(They claim steel but that seems little over the top.) It comes in blue, white and grey and at Lowe’s I found the grey stuff in the plumbing department with the solder (the blue epoxy adhesive was in the adhesive section). I think it’s so crazy cool looking all very free form and geometric. I love it.