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Monday, April 10th, 2006

I often do repair projects using a brand of epoxy putty called PC-7. I have used it to plug a hole accidentally drilled in a shower diverter, and most recently to repair a damaged futon bed frame. This past weekend, I used it to cover a sharp edge on a refrigerator handle.

It usually happens that I mix more putty than I need for the job, and rather than let it go entirely to waste, I make a quick sculpture with the remainder before it hardens.

Below is one I made from the leftovers of the refrigerator handle repair. I stuck the putty onto a strip of plastic tape on a cardboard box, and used my fingers to make the general shape and a dental tool for the details. PC-7 sticks readily to your fingers, but if you wet them first it will keep them from sticking, and also let you blend the surface smoothly for a nice texture, as the PC-7 appears to be slightly water soluble before it cures. (I used my saliva for moisture, which I don't recommend that anyone else do, as the uncured product is not safe to ingest, and a trace of it got transferred from my fingers to my mouth. I need to break this habit before it breaks me...) Total sculpting time was about 10 minutes.

PC-7 Cat - Front

PC-7 Cat - Back

Finally, here's a quick preview of the topic of Thursday's entry:


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