Best Epoxy Resin For River Table

Give a boring picture frame a cheerful makeover with colorful rick rack and miniature pom pom trim. A pair of scissors and some glue are the only other supplies you need to pull off this exceedingly simple craft and the finished product is bound to brighten up any photo display. Everyone’s favorite sweet snack from youth (i.e., animal cracks, but the frosted and sprinkled kind) has been reimagined as a throw pillow and we’re completely on board with it. You’ll need felt, rainbow-colored pom poms, stuffing, a hot glue gun and a sewing machine (or no-sew glue) for this DIY project, but the process itself is straightforward and the end result looks, well, good enough to eat.

Original Gorilla Glue is polyurethane adhesive, a type that needs moisture to cure. So you’re supposed to mist one surface of each mating pair of parts with water or wipe it down with a damp cloth. Then you need to keep the parts tightly clamped together for one to two hours, perhaps with tape if you don’t have clamps or if, as in your case, the parts are shaped in a way that makes it difficult to clamp them. But tape doesn’t hold well when the parts are heavy and damp, as you may have discovered.

Try taping the pieces together when they are dry, without glue. If you can get them to hold, switch to a type of glue that doesn’t require you to wet the surfaces. Steel-reinforced epoxy, commonly known as liquid weld, works on cast iron. One example, J-B Weld Cold-Weld Steel Reinforced Epoxy with Hardener, costs $3.60 on for a package with one ounce of epoxy and one ounce of hardener. There is also a quicker-setting version, called KwikWeld. Although it is just two-thirds as strong, it would probably work just as well for your project. And it costs a few pennies less, at $3.27.

With either formula, clean the surfaces first, ideally with acetone (nail polish remover) or lacquer thinner. Or you can use soap and water, because grease residue probably isn’t an issue for a planter. Also scuff up the surfaces with rough sandpaper or a metal file. When the surfaces are completely dry, squeeze out equal-length noodles from each tube, mix the ingredients thoroughly for several minutes, then spread the goo and hold the pieces together with tape. If you use the original formula, wait four to six hours before handling and 15 to 24 hours before putting the planter back into use. KwikWeld sets in six minutes and cures in four to six hours.