Step 7: Step 6: Epoxy

This is the "funnest" part of the whole project.

Step 6:
-When the pennies are all glued on, it’s time to put on the bar top epoxy.
-Follow the instructions on the package and do accordingly.  For mine, I had two separate containers of Resin and Hardener.  I had to mix EXACTLY the same amounts of each for about two minutes with a popsicle stick.  This ensured the compound was evenly mixed for prime drying and finish.  This part is kind of fun to do, but after the epoxy is mixed, pour it over the pennies.  Make sure you are on a flat surface so the epoxy doesn’t dry crooked.  Take the popsicle stick, or plastic putty knives, and spread the epoxy evenly across the surface of all the pennies.  You should be able to get away with one layer, but if you have to do more, follow the package instructions. 
-Let the epoxy completely dry for about 72 hours.  This will give it time to harden and cure before use.  DO NOT TOUCH THE EPOXY!  I did, and it left a dent/ripple in one of the corners of the table, of course it’s not very noticeable, but frustrating!
<p>I did a similar idea on a new, boring glass top table, with vintage soda bottles and epoxy dots, do I would not ruin the design of the caps with scratches. But yours looks definitely more &quot;finished&quot; than mine! And it is so apropos for an antique table what you did. Beautiful!</p>
Table looks nice. I have been wanting to do this with beer caps to make some outdoor tables and have a variety of different craft beer caps I enjoy all lined up in rows. I just wasn't sure of what epoxy coating but your instructable helped me know what to ask/shop for!
<p>modsquad, if you look at my ideas, I did something similar, with vintage soda bottle caps. So go for it.</p>
I have this exact idea, except with the primer side of an expended pistol casing or rifle casing just cut down to a uniform length. Thanks for the post it gave me a lot of ideas on what to do for my project when i get to it. quick question tough, did you fill the table to the top lip or just enough to cover the pennies and a little over to smooth it? it looks like you just put it a little over the pennies but i cant tell for sure.
Thanks for the comment. That sounds like a great idea using the primers of various casings. As far as the epoxy goes, I only used enough to cover the top of the pennies. You could fill it up to the lip of the table, but that seemed excessive to me. It is pretty strong stuff and you will have no problems simply filling it up to just cover the primers. Hopefully you can post a finished product someday - that would be neat to see.
hopefully i can get it made soon, i just need to collect the brass and cut it down them pick/make the table. i have to wait till i get back to the states though to begin on it. 5 more months <br>
Is it called bar top epoxy all over the world? i would like to do this only the epoxy i know is not liquid...it's like a paste and is used to glue glass, metal and so on.
I'm not sure what other countries would call it. I did use a liquid type epoxy which I had two mix two separate components; a resin, and a hardener. Here is he website to the epoxy I used: <br> <br>http://glazecoat.com/GlazeCoat.htm <br> <br>Thank you for the comment and good luck!
Was it really necessary to glue all the coins down first? They'd be well and truly stuck down with the epoxy.
This eliminates the chance of them getting moved when pouring on the epoxy, It's a pretty viscous liquid and can move them around quite a bit.
Thanks for the comment. Yes, and also without gluing the pennies down, they may have a tendency to float to the top of the epoxy before it hardens completely. Thank you reedz.

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