What Is It?
In a nutshell, Apoxie Sculpt is an epoxy clay. It sounds weird, but it’s true. It is a 2 part clay that hardens at room temperature with no shrinkage and is nearly as hard as dental plaster.
Sound like a godsend? Well… in some ways. Keep in mind I’m simply sharing my opinions here, but it won’t replace Kneadatite any time soon on my workbench. It has earned a place on that workbench though as it’s mighty useful stuff.
Because it’s a clay, Apoxie doesn’t hold fine detail nearly as well as Kneadatite. However, once cured it’s easily filed, sanded and drilled making it ideal for terrain work and for items that need to be tougher than putty. It’s price per weight is a bargain compared to putty as well, also making it ideal for terrain or larger projects.
According to the package, it also comes in 10 different colors including a couple of metallics. I bought the only color available to me at the time: Natural.
How Do I Use It?
Quite simple really. Take equal parts of Part A and Part B and knead them together until it becomes a uniform color.
Once the 2 parts are mixed, you have about 3 hours working time according to the package. I’ve didn’t test it beyond 90 minutes or so, but it was getting difficult to sculpt at that point so I would say 60 minutes is safe. Cure time is 24 hours, although you can set it in 60 minutes or so by placing it under a warm desk lamp.
TIP #1: DON’T lick your tools! I was taught to lick my sculpting tools to keep them lubricated while working with green stuff. Although it’s listed as non-toxic, Apoxie tastes very foul so I would recommend using water instead.
TIP #2: While in it’s uncured state, Apoxie will literally melt in water, so use it sparingly. Once cured it is waterproof.
TIP #3: Because of it’s strength once cured, Apoxie is ideal for filling gaps except for one small thing. It doesn’t like to stick to pewter for some reason. It will stick to chrome sculpting tools all it wants, but pewter is tricky. Be patient with it and you can get it to stick. I’ve used it to fill in the hole through the torso in my Deathjack, making it a snap to pin my shoulders on to bear the weight of the arms.
TIP #4: You might want to wear gloves while handling Apoxie. It clings to your skin and requires multiple hand washings to get it all off. Nothing dangerous, just annoying.
TIP #5: (New) Apoxie can be mixed with Kneadatite Green and Brown in varying ratios. I like to mix it 50/50 with green. It holds detail well, and the Apoxie gives it a longer working time as well as drying harder, which allows sanding, filing, drilling, etc. The best of both worlds. Give it a try!
If you’re at all curious about Apoxie, I would recommend you pick some up and play around with it. I’m keeping mine hidden from my teenage daughter who loves to sculpt various crafts from Sculpey. Heaven help me if she finds this!
Until next time.