Introduction: Glow-In-The-Dark Epoxy!! Light Up Your Workshop!

Picture of Glow-In-The-Dark Epoxy!! Light Up Your Workshop!

Make sure to check out my blog!

Glow in the dark epoxy has a MILLION awesome uses. Put it on light switches, tools, or even your clothes!

The process is pretty simple, so I'll try to make this 'ible as short as possable.

Make sure you see the second image below, it's animated (and therefore totally awesome.)

Step 1: What You NeedGl

Picture of What You NeedGl

Glow powder (source)
 2 part Loctite Clear Epoxy
Toothpick (to mix the epoxy with)
Stuff to Glowify

Step 2: Mixing

Picture of Mixing

Mix the epoxy according to the manufacturers instruction (in this case, 1:1) along with a good pinch of glow power. Glowing things have a sort of halflife, so an epoxy mixture with lots of powder will glow longer than the same mixture with less powder. Solid glow powder will glow for 10-12 hours.

Step 3: Dab It On!

Picture of Dab It On!

Use a disposable tool to scoop up the well-mixed glowing epoxy and drip it on object you want to glowify. Once the epoxy dries it's hard, shiny, and glasslike.

Step 4: My Favorite Things to Glowify

Picture of My Favorite Things to Glowify

I love putting glow epoxy on my knives, tools, and necklaces. If you're a fan of James Cameron's Avatar, then you can make Na'vi glowing skin t-shirts. Just drip it on a cotton shirt in a symmetrical pattern.

This glow powder charges best in sunlight, but UV or incandescent light works pretty good too. The longer you charge it, the longer it will glow.


EdH13 (author)2015-09-02

Would you need to add more powder if you used more epoxy?

Creative Hacker (author)2013-07-09

just wondering if this is really toxic at all ? link if i had a glow in the hard beed made of this stuff and one of my nieces or some other small child eat one or more of the beads if there would be a reason to rush them to the hospital

what if i mixed the glow powder with varnish or paint? should still work pretty well i would imagine?

paqrat (author)2012-01-06

Have you tried mixing the powder with the resin without the hardener? Seems it would make the hardener mixing part a lot simpler.

porcupinemamma (author)2010-09-12

where oh where do you come up with such amazing ideas? you get a "glowing" report from me

nepheron (author)porcupinemamma2010-09-13

These ideas come from my incredibly messy workshop.
The combination of crumbled paper, chemicals, and strange materials have achieved sentience and they tell me these ideas when I sleep.
jk :)

RaNDoMLeiGH (author)nepheron2011-06-13

ahh, I see I'm not the only one who knows better than to clean the studio.

nullandvoid (author)2011-02-28

this is awesome gives me a few ideas namely for the table i want to make using some liquor bottles as the table top :D

l8nite (author)2010-09-11

that is pretty bad 2 the bone! where do u get the glow pwdr ?

nepheron (author)l8nite2010-09-13
I recommend the green powder because it's the brightest. The powder comes in 1 ounce baggies, and that's enough powder to last a lifetime.
If you like my idea, don't forget to rate!

TT-MON! (author)nepheron2011-01-18

sadly is not there anymore...

evindrews (author)TT-MON!2011-01-20

Here's another link :)

somebullcrap (author)nepheron2010-09-15

no "W" on the end of glow

nepheron (author)somebullcrap2010-09-15

yeah, sorry :D

capital idea though

axando (author)2010-09-14

nice one :p one question...
can you blend those glow-in-the-dark stars in a blender? :p
i don't know if i could get it in Belgium :p

nepheron (author)axando2010-09-15

If you do some research, I'm sure you could find a european seller. Just look for ''glow powder''

However, you may be able to dissolve the glowing stars in chemicals if you could find out what they are made of...but those stars don't glow very long. High quality glow powder can glow for over 10 hours.

lemonie (author)2010-09-12

Very nice, you could do so much with this?


Tool Using Animal (author)2010-09-11

Why didn't I think of this. So many possibilities!

One time I filled a clear acrylic tube with the epoxy and drilled a hole for a lanyard. Re-usable glow stick!

Nostalgic Guy (author)2010-09-11

Excellent idea, car/bike keys, tent pegs, a great idea at bike rallies where clubs have flag poles, even my lot would find their way back to a glow in the dark flag pole :-) & it would stand up to a lot more wear & tear than glow in the dark paint.

nepheron (author)Nostalgic Guy2010-09-11

Glow in the dark epoxy is pure awesome. Way more durable then paint, and it looks shiny like a gem when it cures :D

robbtoberfest (author)2010-09-11

This is great!!! I'm making some tonight. Ohhhh I can't wait.

About This Instructable




Bio: Travelling since 2013. I'm currently in Australia for some reason. --- I’m Calvin Drews, and I love to learn, experiment, invent, create, repair, and ... More »
More by nepheron:DIY Michigan Shaped Cutting Board (video)DIY Wood Knife SheathDIY Camera Boom (Video)
Add instructable to: