(Closed) Any chemists in the hive? FI wants to use epoxy instead of a sand ceremony

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i think that if you want to use epoxy- use epoxy! The idea sounds super neat. Just be warned- many epoxys have a strong, chemical smell. So you and your ceremony location may smell of it for a little while afterwards! Maybe just bring some extra perfume to spritz yourself with after the ceremony and some scented candles for near the epoxy to fight the smell. Otherwise, great idea! Original and totally you two! 🙂

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

… I think that sounds like a cool idea, and if he’s set on it, I think you should really try to make it happen!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

There are so many kinds of epoxies out there, however, most of them require a curing stage before being fully set. And most of that is done in a die or some sort of ceramic thing, or meshed between two pieces.

Epoxies don’t typically blend easily…you’d have to squeeze them out at the same time. But yes, they’d likely maintain their separate properties. Some DO meld together and cure upon contact with other epoxies

Seeing as how you can’t exactly order stuff from a chemical company easily, your best bet is likely to go to Lowes and see what they have. However, they’ll all be like, ugly colored, like beige, off white, wood colored….

Epoxies have unique properties. I’d do a few trial runs to see if you like this. It definitely has some of its own challenges.

I actually have a degree in Chemistry and used to work in the polymers industry before switching to metals engineering….and absolutely nothing is popping into my head. Just some goopy, stinky, toxic stuff.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yeah, the epoxies I’ve worked with, I’ve used in a fume hood – they are stinky!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m a biochemist.  I wouldn’t use epoxy!  It smells really bad and would be a huge sticky mess if you spilled anywhere.  Why not use water or something?  I saw a unity ceremony where the bride and groom each had an erlenmeyer flask of water and they each poured theirs into a large beaker.  It was cute and sciencey.  You could use anything besides water too that would fit in the erlenmeyers and beakers.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I used to use epoxy when I made props for a theatre company… and I wore a respirator! That stuff is nasty and shouldn’t be breathed in! 

I do love the concept though! Maybe there is something that has similar symbolism but isn’t quite so noxious… Best of luck!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It’s a fantastic idea and I get why you love it. I agree epoxy resin is overwhelmingly noxious and I have racked my brains and can’t think of a product to use but if you could think of another material that has the same setting properties (maybe a plastic compound or wax or coloured hot glue) that you can get in small chips it could be melted in those little tea light fonue things  (you can get some really attractive ones)

then the material will be liquified and easy to pour but (hopefully) harden fast enough so that the second layer bonds with the first but the mixing of the two layers is limited

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

PhD chemistry grad student here (not that it really means anything in regard to this topic, lol)…I wouldn’t recommend epoxy.  It’s thick, stinky and if there’s air bubbles in that syringe…yikes!  Because of it’s viscosity it would take a good amount of pressure to pump that stuff out of the syringe I would think.  It’s a neat idea…they wouldn’t mix.  But I just see bad things happening! I also wouldn’t recommend ordering it from a chemical company – they manufacture their products in the same facilities with EVERYTHING else they make.  I don’t even touch with my bare hands the sodium chloride (table salt) that we get from the chemical companies.

If you’re set on it, DO a trial run!  That way you can test out the waters and make sure it works for you, or not.

My fiance and I are mixing up the sand ceremony to fufill our geeky side (he’s a PhD chemist).  We are pouring 2 sand colors from graduated cylinders into an erlenmeyer flask 🙂

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