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Abracadabra Smooth

Abracadabra-Smooth is a spreadable two-part epoxy that can be used over virtually any material. Its greatest features are the ease with which it coats any type of foam. Carve a form in foam, coat it with a thin layer of Abracadabra-Smooth, create your texture and you’ve got a very strong resilient surface that can be tooled or painted easily. Abracadabra-Smooth can also be pigmented or mixed with metal powders to create a strong bonded metal coating on any surface. Ideal for fine detail and is strong enough to hold a deep texture as well as be sanded or machined to create a very smooth surface.

**Use Abracadabra-Smooth to stick pretty much anything to anything else.
**Abracadabra-Smooth has very strong adhesive properties and can be used to set mosaic tiles and stones for fountains.

Base Materials and preparations:

Make sure the object you are going to coat is not dirty, greasy or dusty as these will inhibit the adhesion of the Abracadabra-Smooth. Nothing really sticks to silicone or polypropylene, so avoid using things made of these materials as your base unless you want to remove the Abracadabra-Smooth from the base materials after curing. Any Styrofoam will work wonderfully, as well as wood, fully dried plaster, metals (not highly polished), aluminum foil, resins, ceramic, cardboard, foam board, just to name a few. Abracadabra-Smooth is rigid and will not adhere well to surfaces that will be flexed after the Abracadabra-Smooth cures.

Mixing:

Mix 1 part resin to 1 hardener by volume. Mix with a palate knife or spatula until uniform in color. Abracadabra-Smooth is tolerant to slight variations. You can mix as little or as much as possible but be careful not to mix more than you can use within the working time or you will end up with wasted material once it starts to cure and becomes unusable.

Working Time:

At 70F with an exact 1 to 1 by volume mix the working time is 2.55 hours. With every 16F increase the working time is halved.

Cure Time:

Total cure time is 24 hours to approximately 80 Shore D hardness.

Tools:

The advantage is that nothing sticks to the resilient silicone tips making cleanup very easy and extends life of the tool. Other tools can also be used: steel tools, plastic tools, wood tools, popsicle sticks, etc.

Smoothing:

To create smooth surfaces, use water, it will not inhibit cure time or strength.

Working with cured Abracadabra-Smooth:

Abracadabra-Smooth becomes very hard at full cure. Once it has reached this state use wood carving tools or stone carving tools, chisels and files to shape Abracadabra-Smooth. Power tools (dremel) also work well. Abracadabra-Smooth is stable to 450F. Keep in mind the addition of water to abrasion tools lengthens the life of the abrasive in the tool as well as minimize dust.

Safety:

Practical measures should be taken. People with sensitive skin who work with Abracadabra-Sculpt, or any material for long periods of time, may develop a dermal sensitivity and should use care. This can easily be avoided with the use of disposable nitrile or latex gloves.

Tool Clean Up:

Unmixed Abracadabra-Smooth–clean all tools and work surfaces with acetone or diluted D-Limonene (strong citrus cleaner).

Tool Clean up:

Mixed Abracadabra-Smooth–for steel tools or polypropylene (plastic) you can either clean the tool with acetone or diluted D-Limonene before the Abracadabra-Smooth cures or wait until cured and pop off with a knife or other sharp object. Wood tools (or porous material) clean Abracadabra-Sculpt off before it cures or it will coat the tool. If you are working with ClayShapers or ColorShapers (tool with shaped silicone tips mostly associated with clay) clean off any Abracadabra-Smooth from the handle and metal parts of the tools. While you can clean it from the silicone tip as well, it is easiest to just let it cure and then peal it off.
Tip:
spray tools with silicone release before use.

Workspace clean up:

While it is best to cover work surface with newspaper, clean up unmixed material tables and mixing surfaces with acetone or diluted D-Limonene. Uncured material may be scraped or “popped” up after curing unless on a porous surface.

Sculptor Clean Up:

Wash hands (or body parts that have come in contact with unmixed/uncured Abracadabra-Sculpt) with soap and water.

Abracadabra-Smooth and The Elements:

Abracadabra-Smooth can be used in standing water and is stable from -50F to 450F. It will withstand many years of exposure to UV light before it degrades, however this can be prolonged by using pigments, paints and sealants with UV stabilizers.

Tips:

Try dusting uncured Abracadabra-Smooth with different powders before it cures. Interesting effects can be made if Abracadabra-Smooth is pigmented and then different colors of powder pigments are lightly dusted over the surface before it cures.

*Abracadabra-Smooth is somewhat translucent when it cures; try using this property to create interesting layered effects.

*when adhering Abracadabra-Smooth to other surfaces, make sure the surface is clean and free of dust and grease. When using materials such as glass or Lucite, for best adhesion, abrade the surface with 80 grit sandpaper previous to Abracadabra-Smooth.

*If not fully mixed, areas of uncured material may occur. In this case, simply dig out uncured material and patch with well mixed material. Abracadabra-Smooth accepts great detail, can be smoothed with water. Once cured it can be drilled and sanded, will take many paints and various finishes. The colors may be changed by adding pigment. Also try pressing in different materials to achieve interesting surface textures.

*use tin foil or Styrofoam as an armature to cut down on material use.

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