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Embedding Fabric Items in Epoxy Resin

I have a red cedar slab live edge and want to cover it with state trooper shoulder patches and place it on top of my bar. My question is do I need to pour epoxy first let it dry than set my patches and pour more epoxy over the patches. Is there a better way?

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welcome to the forum, Richard.
embedding cloth or fabric items in casting resin is probably one of the
trickiest things to accomplish successfully with satisfactory results.
each fabric item will behave differently when saturated with a product
such as glue, varnish, polyurethane, epoxy or casting resin.
much understanding and experience with this process is very strongly
recommended before doing a project that you could possibly ruin with no recovery.
there are dozens and dozens of different types of epoxy and casting resins
that people use to embed items in. there are also hundreds of tutorials on the
net and YouTube on how to do it ~ some good, some bad.
my number one suggestion is to practice, practice and practice some more
if you have never poured epoxy or casting resin before.

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as for the shoulder patches, I have seen many, many displays of articles such as
this in different forms. (and I'm sure you have also). embedding them in
plastic is permanent. you can not change it. you can not add or take away
any of the items. and if there is smoking in your bar, some resins will absorb
the tobacco smoke and turn yellow. (even if the resin says "will not yellow"
on the container).
my personal recommendation is to make a large picture frame with glass
so that you can add patches to the collection in the future.
I'm pretty sure that once you have it on the wall, you will get many contributions
to add to the collection.


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I've never done it, but I think you would need to use some resin to adhere the patches to the surface before flooding with epoxy, or they're going to want to float. The other option might be to fully saturate the patches before doing the pour.

You didn't ask this, but I think you're going to need to find a way to keep the resin even because I thing it's going to want to make a "pillow" where the patches are.
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welcome to the forum, Richard.
embedding cloth or fabric items in casting resin is probably one of the
trickiest things to accomplish successfully with satisfactory results.
each fabric item will behave differently when saturated with a product
such as glue, varnish, polyurethane, epoxy or casting resin.
much understanding and experience with this process is very strongly
recommended before doing a project that you could possibly ruin with no recovery.
there are dozens and dozens of different types of epoxy and casting resins
that people use to embed items in. there are also hundreds of tutorials on the
net and YouTube on how to do it ~ some good, some bad.
my number one suggestion is to practice, practice and practice some more
if you have never poured epoxy or casting resin before.

Edit:
as for the shoulder patches, I have seen many, many displays of articles such as
this in different forms. (and I'm sure you have also). embedding them in
plastic is permanent. you can not change it. you can not add or take away
any of the items. and if there is smoking in your bar, some resins will absorb
the tobacco smoke and turn yellow. (even if the resin says "will not yellow"
on the container).
my personal recommendation is to make a large picture frame with glass
so that you can add patches to the collection in the future.
I'm pretty sure that once you have it on the wall, you will get many contributions
to add to the collection.

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I agree with the idea of a thick glass as the best option
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The best to do what you want to do is to put a coat of epoxy on the cedar. Let the epoxy dry then for each patch coat it with just a little bit of epoxy then put the patch where you want it. Wait for them to dry and then put your flood coat over it. I. hope this helps.
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I've done a few military patches with resin..turned out pretty good but I used a vacuum press to infuse the patches and ensure that there were no air bubbles in them before casting. What part of the country are you in?

Edit: An idea instead of putting them into the bar itself would be to cast each patch in Alumilite or something similar and make coasters out of them. They could be displayed on edge behind the bar when not in use.
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