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How can I "petrify" a T shirt? Answered

I had this idea for a gift for a friend. It's kind of an inside joke, and I know he'll really like it.

I would like to take a T shirt, and somehow "petrify" it. My idea is to make some sort of form out of wood, or foam, or something. I would put the shirt on the form, and epoxy it. I thought I might wrap the form in plastic wrap, so that the shirt sticks to the wrap, and I can lift it off.


Is this possible, and if so is there a better way to do it?

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lemonieBest Answer (author)2010-01-09

The resin used for glass-fibre would do it, but for real & true petrification hang it under a highly-mineralised source of water.
Do as you think above, but get some resin for glass-fibre, and do it in a well-ventilated area.

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noahh (author)lemonie2010-01-09
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lemonie (author)noahh2010-01-09

 Yes you can do it with epoxy, but you'll probably find it easier to get the quantity you need in the glass-fibre resin.

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noahh (author)lemonie2010-01-24

I'm a bit stuck on this one. I'm sure you're right, but in the past when I have worked with fiberglass, I have had an awful reaction, and it makes me dreadfully itchy.

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lemonie (author)noahh2010-01-24

It's a gift for a friend - keep yourself covered.  Or hang it under a highly-mineralised spring for a year or two...


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RavingMadStudios (author)noahh2010-01-09

Fiberglass resin  is pretty much the same thing as epoxy, just cheaper and easier to work with in larger quantities.

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...and epoxies tend to have 50/50 mixes while resins use 99.5%:.5% ratios of resin to catalyst...probably the same reaction as you say though.

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...and fiberglass resin tends to be more brittle than epoxy when it's not reinforced with fibers, plus it turns that hideous green color when it cures. Still, it's close enough for rock & roll (and the hideous green color can be avoided by using casting resin, if that's an issue).

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Re-design (author)2010-01-09

If you use epoxy thing it some with rubbing alcohol.

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