Epoxy Vs. Epoxy-Free
The main difference between epoxy and epoxy-free tumbler making lies in the materials and techniques used to create the finished product.
My epoxy-free tumblers are coated with a water-based topcoat specifically designed to provide a super clear, high gloss, and protective finish to tumblers. It is perfect for layering and can be used to achieve a professional and stunning result.
These topcoats were designed to offer a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to epoxy resin.
The water-based topcoat I use is non-hazardous and non-toxic, making it safe for indoor use while I work. I don't need to worry about mixing different components or using PPE along with special ventilation to control the release of fumes while working in my home.
Additionally, the water-based topcoat is environmentally safe, with ultra-low VOCs (volatile organic compounds). This means it has minimal impact on the environment and promotes a healthier and safer working environment.
One of the outstanding features of this water-based topcoat is its heat resistance. It can withstand temperatures of up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, making it suitable for use with hot beverages without compromising the finish.
With this water-based topcoat, I can achieve a crystal-clear, glossy finish that allows you to see your own reflection. I can also create amazing matte-finish tumblers that I think I may love even more than the gloss finish! The scratch-resistant properties ensure that your tumbler remains beautiful and protected, even with daily use.
To ensure the best outcome, it's important to allow the topcoat to fully cure over a period of 30 days. During this time, the topcoat will continue to harden, providing maximum durability. While you can gently use the tumblers before the full cure period, it's important to handle them with care and avoid exposing them to extreme heat.
For cleaning, we recommend hand washing the tumblers using soap and water. Dry them immediately and avoid soaking or using the dishwasher or microwave, as these can compromise the finish. By following these guidelines, you'll help maintain the longevity and beauty of your epoxy-free tumblers.
If you are interested in learning how to make your own tumblers without Epoxy, I highly recommend following Lauren Quigley and joining her community of passionate creators who enjoy the freedom of creating personalized and stunning tumblers without the use of epoxy resin.