I work construction and often find partial/almost empty double cartridges of epoxy which are deemed either too much hassle to deal with for the next time they may be needed or may have too little left to be worth saving....(obviously, the 3-Rs don't get much attention at some of these construction sites...)

I've found that often, there is more material left in the tubes than what you get when you buy the little 2-tube epoxy packs from the hardware store for... (I'm not even sure what they cost anymore, it's been so long) $5?

Admittedly, most people will buy those packs and use, at most, maybe a chocolate chip's worth of each at a time for what their needs are. Well, let me tell you some of the things possible if you have several tablespoons worth available.

Remember that most epoxies of this type are usually mixed in a 1:1 ratio. 1 small blob of part A and an equal size blob of B. Many of them come in (2) different colors for each part so mix them until you have a uniform color with no streaks of one or the other.

Also remember that once they're mixed, you've started down the road of no return...you need to use it because it can't be stored for use later...

Step 1: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

You may have noticed that many older mirrors start to lose the silvering around the edges first. This use of epoxy gives new life to an old mirror.

Carefully remove the mirror from the wall (or ceiling, as the case may be...heh heh). If you have even the slightest concern about the possibility of chipping glass, remember SAFETY first. Wear glasses and gloves. *Remember that there is NO project you can do which is worth the loss of an eye (or any other irreplaceable body part). So you suffer a 5 minute delay while you try and find your safety glasses....pretty minor inconvenience no?

Lay it flat on a smooth surface (table or whatever) and work out a design for a glued-on frame using any left-over tile, beach glass or whatever you'd like to see on there.

Once you have your mental picture of what you want, clean the area well and maybe wipe it down with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils. Allow it to dry while you mix your epoxy.

Mix less than you think you'll need each time, 'cause you can always mix more but can't un-mix what's done. I have an artist's paint spatula I use, but an old table knife, popsicle stick or some such would work.

With the application, again, until you get used to how it squishes out, use less than you think you'll need. It doesn't take a lot of glue to hold a 2" X 2" tile on and it prevents having to clean up any material that squeezes out. Once you have it set down, you can kinda see the reflection of the back to see the coverage of the epoxy.

Another reason to mix less than you think you'll need is that if you mix too much at one time, you may still be arranging tiles and your glue has already hardened...

Leave it all alone for a few hours, anyway and let it all set up well before remounting the mirror.

A word of caution: I've found that before the material sets up, it has a tendency to flow so if your mirror is not sitting flat, the tiles may slowly slide one way or the other depending on the slope...

You're a busy man. Looks like you also might be working with a pretty creative art director for your home projects using tiles! Keep up the fine work in recycling, reusing, recreating!
kl aloha~ THanks for the kind words! I do indeed have a creative director. Left to my own devices I would only work on more "boring" and less artistic stuff...fun for me nonetheless, but maybe less eye catching...
You have done for epoxy what Tim the Toolman Taylor did for duct tape! Love it!
Boy, the wonders of that Epoxy! Looks like you can use it for just about anything.<br><br>p.s. That's a real nice laptop desk you made there.
Ksamimi, aloha~<br><br>I'm thinking of going into a side business...heh heh...looking for a sub-contractor to cut out and assemble the parts for me and I'll supply the Epoxy....know anyone?
No, that I say is a two-components putty, a 500 or 1000g <a href="http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSH7LBQeFtd-PHvsCbax9H6BVpgLkpS0BgcTvYh5dmlntYbInrK7w">can with a tiny plastic jar</a> containing the curing agent. You can vary the proportions to obtain different effects.
Interesting. I am an enthusiast epoxy putty-adhesive and user.<br><br>Have you used cars epoxy putty? It is very cheap, very workable, adheres almost all materials, etc. I use it as putty and as adhesive too.
Rimar, aloha~ No, I am not familiar with car epoxy putty unless you mean the material some folks here call &quot;Bondo&quot; which is basically a fiberglass resin type material (I think...) and used for doing automotive body work to repair dents etc. <br><br>It is a good idea, any adhesive that is cheap and adheres to most materials is a good thing, no?<br><br>Until later, be well~

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