My name is Natalie Batkis and for over 6 months, I have been working with EcoPoxy to help build up their social media presence through the company I work for, Graphic Intuitions. Part of my job has been to interview EcoPoxy users and write these blog posts to profile customers’ work while talking about the benefits they find using EcoPoxy versus other epoxy systems on the market.
There are two things I know for sure: The first thing is that EcoPoxy customers are amazing people and it’s been a privilege to get to know all of you over the last few months as I share your stories.
The second thing I’ve noticed is that, as a company, EcoPoxy really has a genuine interest in how the product works for its customers. From an outsider looking in, I know the reason that EcoPoxy continues to be such a successful company is because of the relationships this team has built with its customers.
Having heard all of these amazing stories from EcoPoxy users, I FINALLY got the urge to try the product for myself for the first time a few weeks ago. To begin, I am not an artist but have always been crafty and fairly creative. I’ve taken art classes in the past and even won art competitions in grade school but I spun my yearning to be creative into a writing career.
After having talked to Glenda Rolle from O Yeah Gifts, I finally got the push I needed to try EcoPoxy. It had been building up for months but seeing her jewelry really got me thinking: “I think I could do this!”
The first project I wanted to tackle was a keepsake charm that I needed to create for my family reunion. The charm I was going to make was a slice of tourtière – a French-Canadian meat pie we commonly eat at Christmas. Why the pie you ask? Let me explain.
Last Christmas, my aunt was in charge of bringing tourtière to the family Christmas party and thought maybe 1 would be enough for 35 people. As we stood in line for dinner, we tried to figure out how we would split one tiny pie into 35 slices. To see my 6-foot something male cousins cut this pie into a tiny slice was ridiculous. And, as a result, my aunt has not lived this decision down. I thought, why not make little tourtière charms for everyone attending the reunion so they are never without it again?
As most of us do in this day and age, I researched online videos to see how I could create a meat pie using polymer clay. The tutorial I watched used a different type of glaze to seal the pies but I knew, once the clay pies had been baked and cooled, I would seal them with EcoPoxy.
While there are no tutorials on making clay meat pies, there are numerous ones showing how to create fruit pies. I figured I could make realistic meat filling on my own. So I attempted and was pretty successful I think! Here’s the tutorial I used to get inspired.
I shaped my pies following the tutorial I shared earlier. To make the meat filling, I rolled out tiny cylindrical ropes of brown and white clay, cut them into tiny chunks and mixed them with Sculpey TLS and added various shades of brown pastel colours to make it look realistic.
Using a small paintbrush, I used pastels to shade the pies so they looked baked. Once the pies were assembled, I inserted an eye pin into each one and baked them at 250F for 45 minutes. (You can get the baking times on the Sculpeywebsite as well.)
Once the pies were removed and cooled from the oven, I used UVPoxy to glaze/seal them. UVPoxy is simple to use because the mix ratio is 1:1. Not a lot of math involved – I’m sold!
As the directions on the UVPoxy indicated, I first poured my hardener into the measuring cup (I used an old cup from baby medicine that had ounces on it). I mixed it slowly with a Popsicle stick for 30 seconds and poured it into the disposable plastic cup. I did the same exact thing with the resin and poured it into the cup. Then I mixed the resin and hardener slowly with the Popsicle stick for 2 minutes.
Using an art brush, I painted a thin layer of UVPoxy onto each pie, holding it by the eye pin as to not get too sticky. The UVPoxy was easy to apply and I was impressed that the product smelled very faintly of plants – no harsh fumes! I did this project in my kitchen with kids and pets running around. I wasn’t at all concerned about any toxic fumes getting into the air and negatively affecting our health.
Once the UVPoxy was applied, I created little hooks out of the paper clips and hung each pie slice up to dry, hanging it from my kitchen table. Make sure to put a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper underneath them as they may drip. I let the pies dry for a good 12-18 hours, trimmed the eye pin and added the jump ring to them. I used white vinegar to clean my paintbrush and a little coconut oil where a bit of resin had gotten on my skin. It was easy to clean off.
That’s it! They were all done. While an individual slice of this pie isn’t too difficult, making 45 slices for the reunion was a lengthy process. But it was worth it – people loved these little charms.
As for my first time using EcoPoxy, I was impressed. It was easy to use, it didn’t smell of noxious fumes and it worked very well as a way to protect and seal the charms. I also liked the high-gloss finish it gave them. It was a lot of fun!
I plan to continue to experiment with EcoPoxy products and share my fun findings with you. If you have a first time experience using EcoPoxy that you’d be willing to share, please send us a message or leave us a comment!