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Apoxie Sculpt

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Brad Hendrickson, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

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    How soft should it be? I watch videos of people using and setting fish eyes and it looks so smooth and easy.
    Mine is NOT that easy to manipulate..

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    When it gets stiff I put it in the microwave for 30 seconds or until it's soft
     

  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    This
     
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  4. Pescado

    Pescado Biggest in 2011

    I like using 70% or 90% isopropyl alcohol to soften and to feather out edges
     
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  5. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

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    that should be in BOLD LETTERS on the label. lol
     
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  6. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    You can also mix the two parts with hotwater.
     
  7. apoxie solvent.
     
  8. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Depends on how you prefer to use it. I know somebody that recently showed me how he wets the living crap out of his AS with water and works it much softer than I ever have. Of course you'd have to be careful with skin mounts and re-hydrating. But, I see no reason why you couldn't take the Safety Solvent a little further and do the same with lesser re-hydrating issues. I've also heard of folks mixing AS with Apoxie Paste for something in the middle. Also, "Klei" is a newer product that Rick Krane uses that I guess feathers much nicer than A.S.
     
  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Apoxie Safety Solvent works better for me than anything I have tried. It does smell worse than water though.
     
  10. jimss

    jimss Active Member

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    As mentioned above it really depends upon your use. It's my favorite epoxie to sculpt and use! I've used it on fish heads, fins, antlers...the list goes on. I have a couple containers of Epo-grip fin magic and teeth....and they didn't last long on the shelf before going bad. I've never had Apoxie sculpt go bad. I recently learned that they last longer if frozen so hopefully that makes them last longer on the shelf because they are mighty expensive!

    In regard to use. Depending upon what I'm doing I have a small container with water next to me while sculpting. Once I have the desired amount of apoxie-grip on the fish head or what ever I'm working on I dip my finger in the water and smooth out the apoxie grip as desired. Sometimes I dip a tool that I'm using to sculpt with in water. It may take several finger dips in water to get it smooth as desired.

    I've never needed to use a micro-wave but it sounds like it works? As mentioned in the couple posts above you can also add warm water while you are mixing part A with part B.
     
  11. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    I keep my fin magic in the fridge
    Works great less time to warm up from frozen stage
     
  12. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    If you guys go to your hardware store and get Rock Hard Water Putty.... it is the same product but 1/3 the price... the taxidermy puttys are just marketed in smaller sizes with name brands... just a marketing gimmick.... dont fall for it!
     
  13. Mudbat

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    Go with klei. You won’t go back!