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|Apoxie Sculpt||Apoxie Sculpt Super White||Apoxie Clay||FIXIT||FIXIT Sculpt|
||2 hours||1 hour||2 hours||2 hours||4 hours|
||Natural, green, black, pink, red, blue, white, yellow, brawn, orange, silver-grey, bronze||Super-white||Native earth tones, white||Ceramic white, aluminium, bronze, black||Canvas|
||325 °F / 160 °C||325 °F / 160 °C||325 °F / 160 °C||500 °F / 260 °C||500 °F / 260 °C|
|Feel||Smooth; Puty-like||Firmer; Puty-like||Smooth; Clay-like||Firm; Puty-like||Firm; Clay-like|
|Self-leveling||Very little; depends on stage of setup||None; resists sagging and drooping||None to very little||None to very little||None|
|Smoothing||Aves Safety Solvent or water||Aves Safety Solvent or water||Aves Safety Solvent||Aves Safety Solvent or water||Water|
|Adheres to||Hard plastics, resin, wood, metal, ceramic, glass, polymers, foam, fiberglass etc.||Resin, ceramic, fiberglass, foam, glass, metal, plastics, stone, wood etc.||Porcelain, ceramic, vinyl, polymers, foam, fiberglass, hard plastics etc.||Wood, porcelain, ceramic, metal, stone, cement, tile, masonry, foam, fiberglass, hard plastics etc.||Antler, bone, ivory, ceramic, fiberglass, foam, glass, metal, plastic, stone, wood etc.|
|Finish (after curing)
||Semi-gloss||Semi-gloss||Skin like finish||Semi-gloss||Flat Matte|
|Hardness (after curing)
||Hard (most people couldn´t crush a 1 inch diameter ball by pliers)||Hard||Hard||Hardest (Rock hard)||Hardest (Rock hard)|
||Economical; offers great details capabilities + many color options mix and match or paint if desired||Bright white body, enhanced detail properties, more resin compatibility||Combine the features and benefits of sculpting clay with those of epoxies; most noted for great details and texture||The hardest and toughest clay; use it for the tough jobs||Firm feel designed with fiber technology; 4 hours of working time! excelent for details, flat matte finish; Accepts paints and stains well|
||Endless possibilities for artists, crafters, modeliers, repair and restoration professionals||Replika antlers and fish, resin filling||Use where finest details needed (fingerprints, eye lids, wrinkles, wood carving...)||Industrial repair, bonding, filling and mending agent||Sculpting, Antler repair ; for all who like a long working time and firmer feel|
|Other Distinguishing Features
||Save time and money||Bright white, faster setup||Using Aves Safety Solvent for smoothing your details is key for this clay-like material||Impervious to fuels. Great for Industrial and Marine application||Resists to sagging and drooping|
*) There is a complete range of products not all of which are in nemravka.cz stock. They can be ordered and delivered within 2-3 week period.
Working & curing surface
The best kind of surface to work on & allow product to cure on is one that has a flex such as a sheet of plastic (like a gallon size zip lock bag), cookie matte, dough sheet, parchment paper anything that is easily washable or disposable is perfect.
Apoxie Sculpt Doesn't Set Up
If you have product that is not setting up; Be sure to you have one ‘part A’ jar and one ‘part B’ jar (the part A and part B should respectively be different in color). If that checks out then most likely it is the kneading technique being used, or an insufficient amount of mixing time. We recommend thorough mixing the product for 2 minutes until thoroughly combined and a uniform color is achieved. The best way we can instruct you to mix is to “knead” the product; “kneading” is best described as motion between your index finger and thumb with the product in-between (example; knead almost as if you would be rubbing a 'worry stone', or snapping your fingers). – note that there are many other ways one can successfully mix the product.
Do a test; set a timer for 2 minutes and mix the two parts together until you timer goes off, make a ball and let it sit over night to cure…in the morning the product should be hard. If not please contact us - we want to hear from you if you are having troubles with our products. Notes: Water nor our Aves® Safety Solvent does not affect the set-up of our 2- part products. It will harden under water.
Sticky product hard to work with
Allow the product to rest for about 15 minutes after mixing A+B together (wearing gloves is significantly helpful for both clean up and recommend to ensure thorough mixing). During the first 30 minutes, the product is the most sticky/adhesive, it gradually becomes less sticky as time passes. Putting the product in the refrigerator will also help tame the tackiness. Using cool water or Aves® Safety Solvent to dip your tools in while working with the product will help. Also the type of tools you use is helpful. (see question #3 for tool suggestions)
What type of tools to use
The best tools we can recommend to use are made of hard silicone (Clayshapers work great!) or stainless steel. Wood and plastic tools are okay too. Aves® also manufactures a product called Aves® Safety Solvent. It is recommended for tooling, smoothing, texturing, and cleaning Apoxie® & Fixit® products from tools, brushes and surfaces. Also aids in a very nice seamless feather. It is fantastic for dipping your tools in to prevent sticking and working over highly detailed areas. Water, Vaseline, vegetable sprays, etc., can also be somewhat effective, you don’t need excessive amounts.
Apoxie Sculpt, Apoxie Clay, & FIXIT
In many cases, any of them can be used with the same great results. Yet, they all have their place and best uses. It generally comes down to a working preference, the Apoxie Sculpt and Fixit have a nice putty like feel to them, Apoxie Clay has a little more of a clay like feel to it. Super White Apoxie Sculpt has a shorter working time but is more firm, and the Fixit Sculpt has the longest working time of the 2-part products and has a nice, firm clay like feel to it. For further details Click here to see comparison chart of these products.
How strong are your products
I have a tendency to sculpt fragile fingers and such. I've heard that the Aves products are super strong and almost unbreakable. True?
TRUE! Apoxie® and FIXIT® products are very strong. For example, people into radio controlled subs, ships, and planes will roll a very small rod shape out, then let it harden, and then turn it on a lathe to make an "antenna" for their model. When done, it is thinner than a paper clip! Another artist sculpted an 18 mm skull, and after curing had a very hard time crushing it with a pliers! (he was also a body builder!) When needed, putting Apoxie® or FIXIT® over an armature (wire mesh or rod, wood, or other substructure) works great. It also gives the model support while setting up and curing. As an added bonus you can use our products to repair themselves at anytime.
Weather proof, UV resistant
FIXIT® is UV resistant, waterproof, weather proof, and incredibly durable. FIXIT® is also very resistant to fuels. We soaked fully cured cubes of FIXIT® in nitro-methane (radio control car fuel), and after several days the FIXIT® appeared unaffected, and was still impossible to scratch with a fingernail. We have used these products out doors, and they still look beautiful after years of sun exposure. It has been used it in aquariums, both in homes and large, public settings.
Baking with glazes
How high of a temperature can Apoxie® Sculpt take? I am looking at an oven baked glaze product to get ceramic like results using Aves® products. It has to bake at 300 degrees F for 35 minutes.
We found a glaze that is oven baked, called ‘Pebeo Porcelaine’ 150 (comes in 47 different colors and it’s dishwasher safe, too) It worked on both Apoxie® Sculpt and on FIXIT® Of course, you can paint or otherwise finish Aves® products with nearly any coatings.
Primer before painting Apoxie Sculpt
What is the best primer (if any) to use when painting Apoxie® Sculpt with water-based paints?
The best surface prep is to wash the cured Apoxie® Sculpt surface with a light detergent or other cleansing agent. This will help the paint to adhere evenly, avoiding spidering, etc. Primers may be helpful, but are not necessary. Primers may be helpful to make the final show color more uniform, if desired. However, other users find that using a whiter base (e.g., Apoxie® Sculpt White color), when cleaned and top coated, is easier than using a primer, and shows the top coat color the best. If you choose to not use a primer, we recommend using a sealer to protect your paint work. (Note: Painting is optional, you do not need to paint over Apoxie® Sculpt or any of our products unless desired. * We also suggest that you follow the paint manufacturers directions, if it says to prime, then you should follow that suggestion to get the best results)
Is inhaling sanding dust harmful
I was wondering if, after the Apoxie® Clay or Sculpt is dry is inhaling the dust that is created from sanding or drilling it harmful?
When drilling or sanding anything that may produce excessive dust, it is ALWAYS a good idea to wear a protective mask of some sort. Use common sense.
Bake with polymer clays
Yes! Apoxie® Sculpt is designed to withstand temperatures up to 350 degrees F. for best results we recommend allowing our product to cure before baking.
Do I have to mix exactly 50/50
Its a non-critical mix – just get it close – no need to weigh it out) the product will set up as long as it is thoroughly mixed.
How to store Aves products
In a closed container on your work bench is just fine. If you won’t be using then for while like a few months and your worries about it – All of our 2-part Apoxie® and Fixit products have a 3 year shelf life. The best way to keep it fresh in-between months of use is to freeze or refrigerate it, All of Aves products are “freeze-thaw-stable”.
Adding colorants to Apoxie Paste
Absolutely...always mix A+B first wearing disposable gloves and then add the pigment of your choice. Different pigments will give different results examples of commonly used pigments; We find that Acrylic paints give the product a gum like consistency - which some prefer, but others dislike....it does take quite a bit of acrylic paint to create a rich tone. Oil paints work exceptionally well and are the preferred colorant method - it take a VERY tiny amount to color a whole lot of product (toothpicks are helpful in swiping color onto the clay)...a little oil paint goes a LONG ways, if you mix too much paint it product will become very gooey. Powder Pigments work well - but they are messy. They give our product a bit more firm feel to it. This same process can be used with Apoxie® Sculpt and Fixit® too!
Using molds with Apoxie Sculpt
Yes! Aves® products work wonderful in flexible molds, and also for impressions with rubber stamps etc ”Knead-A-mold” or “Smooth-on” products work fabulous! The general
principles of mold casting apply here “one part Must be flexible” or its not coming out of there!
Do I have to use a mold release agent
Its not mandatory when using flexible molds but it would certainly help in most cases. You can use a general mold release agent such as Vaseline, pure talc powder, silicone spray, olive oil etc.
Can I use Apoxie® Sculpt safely in a fish tank to make a custom castle?
Yes – once it is cured, wash/treat the Apoxie® as you would any other object you would put in your tank.
Apoxie® Sculpt for shape without sticking
I want to use Apoxie® Sculpt to lay over a bowl just for the shape of it, how do I keep Apoxie® Sculpt from sticking to the bowl, Is there is a product or technique to prevent the Apoxie sculpt from permanently bonding?
YES with great success I would recommend Smooth-On brand Universal Mold Release to keep your Apoxie® Sculpt from sticking to itself, and anything else. This technique is
excellent for making parts that mate perfectly. If you don’t want to purchase additional products you might also try using either a plastic bag as a barrier, Vaseline, talc powder
or silicone spray.
Does Apoxie® Sculpt have a shelf life
Does Apoxie sculpt have a shelf life? The item I bought was sealed and was dated for 08.
Apoxie® Sculpt has a shelf life of 3 years, additionally all of Aves products are freeze-thaw-stable so you can store them in your refrigerator or freezer for extended shelve life. The date on the jar is no indication of the shelf life – it is just the copyright date that label was printed.
Accelerating cure time of Apoxie Sculpt
Yes, the longer and more vigorously you mix A+B together will reduce the set-up time, additionally you can gently heat part A before mixing. You can add more part B up to 20% for a 60/40 mix. This will reduce your set-up time. You can also set your finished project in direct sunlight or under a heat lamp (be careful not to get it to close).
Apoxie® Sculpt had a hard crust on top
I used the Apoxie® Sculpt and now there is hard crust on the top of the product, did it go bad?
Sounds like you have what we call - cross contamination; you have to use separate tools/fingers to retrieve parts A and B (very important) or you will cross contaminate the product (cause it to set up a little bit in the container or the part A will become crumbly and hard over time) 3 ways to go about this depending on your specific situation…
1. If the majority of the product is still soft/pliable, Simply scrape off and discard the hard part, and go about using the product (avoid crossing A and B unless you want it to set up).
2. If the product appears to be hard throughout – you can try to rejuvenate it by placing the container in hot water for 20 minutes (allowing the product to cool before handling or mixing it with part B). You can also microwave the product in 10 second increments for no longer then 40 seconds total depending on package size and amount left in the package (use your judgment and follow guide below) PLEASE USE CAUTION! The product will become VERY hot and sticky so please be careful and use common sense when microwaving our products – consider yourself warned. Allow product to completely cool before handling or mixing:
¼ pound size (1/8th pound polycon): heat in 10 second increments no more then 20 seconds total time.
1 pound size (8 oz container): heat in 10 second increments no more then 30 seconds total time.
4 pound size (2 lb container): heat in 15 second increments no more then 45 seconds total time.
3. If options 1 and 2 do not rejuvenate the product then its best to discard the hard product and order more.
We do sell just the part A or part B in every size upon request directly from our factory.
Mixed up to much product
I mixed up to much product, how can I keep it from getting hard?
Once you mix A+B the product will set up and get hard. It is inevitable. The best thing we can tell you to do with it is look around your house and see if there is anything broken that needs to be repaired and use any left over to do with it such as cracks in the wall, cement, chips in tiles, broken chair legs, a coffee mug handle etc. – OR, another idea is to build onto a hard journal/book cover with all of the left over Apoxie® you have from each of your projects. – the result will be a unique story in itself. Some other suggestions would be to make props that you will use with your art work such as acorns, mushrooms…custom dice sets ; )
How Much product will I need for my project?
Approximate Product Coverage at a ¼” inch thickness, when in doubt Always Calculate High.:
1 pound kit = 0.5 sq ft (1/2 sq. foot)
4 pound Kit = 2 sq ft
20 pound kit = 10 sq ft
Cured Apoxie Sculpt stick to itself later on
If I am building a large piece and am unable to finish it and or have to put is away for awhile (days or longer) when I get back to it will it accept fresh product on to cure/dry product? I have been using paper clay because I can leave my work for weeks and come back and wet it down and start working on it but... I am looking for something more durable and after snooping around on the web I found your site?
You can build onto our Apoxie® or Fixit® in any stage of set up, even years after it has been cured. Some artists work in stages, adding small amounts of product as they go. Our Apoxie® and Fixit® products are very hard & durable once cured and will be an excellent replacement for the current product you are using.
Keep product soft longer for big projects
It is generally best to work in stages, all of our 2 part products are designed to work with each other in ANY stage of set up – therefore, you can mix as you go, or leave something for days and then come back to it at anytime to add on. If you need a little more working time you can give our Fixit Sculpt a try; this product offers 4 hours to play before it sets up…AND it works with Apoxie® Sculpt in any stage of set up so transitioning form one product to the next is easy.
Apoxie Sculpt through a pasta machine
Sure, you can do anything you want at your own risk. Here are some tips we find to be very helpful if you choose to utilize this method:
After you mix A+B together, allow the product to rest and or chill for 20 minutes. (some of the tackiness will wear off if you allow it to rest) We advise the pasta machine be stored at a cold temperature to ensure an easier release. (store in a cool location such as a cold basement or garage or pop it in the refrigerator about 1 hour before you use it.) Don't expose it to room temperatures until you are ready to work. The use of a release agent or pure talc powder is found to be very helpful. Scrape any chunks of clay that are left on the pasta machine right away, & or use Aves® Safety Solvent with a paper towel to remove product quickly. Wash your pasta machine with warm soapy water & a bristled brush (if necessary) as soon as possible. (*Note Apoxie Sculpt will cure under water)
Mixing large batches
I have a large project that I plan to use Apoxie® Sculpt on - what is the best way tot mix large batches?
When mixing large batches it is important to know that the product will set up a bit quicker then the normal 2 hour working time, so you need to be ready to work to be able to make full use of a large batch. We suggest you find some high school students to help you mix in manageable size batches. We have heard you can use a kitchen aid mixer with a bread hook, but we do not endorse this method. We would recommend a release agent be used in both the bowl and hook, thorough cleaning immediately after mixing (warm soap & water), make sure you remove the bread hook before the product begins to harden. (*Note that Apoxie® Sculpt does set up under water)
Remove cured Apoxie from tools & table
How do I remove cured Apoxie® from my tools and table!? I use rolling pins, cake decor. equipment and many other items for my work.
Prevention is key…Try to use talc powder as a release, or extra virgin olive oil, Vaseline or other release agents … Smooth-On brand Universal Mold Release may also work to create a barrier between the tools and the Apoxie®. When you are done using your tools put them in hot soapy water and use a heavy duty scrub brush to clean the tools up. Aves® Safety Solvent is also a great way to keep your tools and equipment clean! As for the table it is best to cover it with plastic or use an old table cloth that way if you get Apoxie® on it and it cures you will not have to pry it off. (*Note that Apoxie® Sculpt is permanent and will cure under water).
Removing cured Apoxie or Fixit
Apoxie® and Fixit® products are designed to be permanent, self-hardening and water proof. That said – its allot like concrete if you have to remove it you will literally have to break though it by sanding, grinding, lifting with a pry and or chipping it away. We have been unsuccessful in finding anything that will dissolve it. Our Aves® Safety Solvent works to only a degree it might soften it up a tad – but that is it. Aves® Safety Solvent is specifically for use with uncured Apoxie® and Fixit®.
How thick can I apply Apoxie
As thick or thin as desired. There are no restrictions. Some material suggestions to bulk out your sculptures with would be tinfoil, foam or wood – all make a good solid core to build over top of but are not necessary unless desired. (same goes for all of our 2-part products).