Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty is great for repairs because it sticks and stays put. Plus, it's easy to use, dries rock hard, and never shrinks. It fills voids completely and is ideal for wood repair and plaster patches.
Repairs and General Uses
Use Durham's Water Putty to patch cracks and holes in walls, repair furniture, tighten loose wood joints, fill holes in wood so dowels and/or screws can be reset, fill edges and imperfections in plywood, and repair all kinds of antiques.
Durham's Water Putty is ideal for filling knotholes, nail holes, oversized screw holes, and other defects in wood. Leave the putty uncolored if it is to be painted, or colored if it is to be matched with the wood.
Stop fighting loose pulls and knobs that pull out! Fill the oversized hole with Durham's Water Putty. Insert the shaft of the pull into the putty so that it fits snugly. Allow the putty to dry.
Tighten loose door bumpers and trim with Durham's Water Putty. Simply fill the oversized hole with putty, insert the bumper and let set. It may hold better than when originally installed.
Use a putty knife to spread Durham's into cracks and cavities of plaster walls. Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty does not shrink so the cracks disappear. Plus, your Durham's Putty repair will last and last.
Although most of us may not give much thought to working with water putty, many people find it to be a rewarding adventure. From the sense of accomplishment of creating something new to the pride of restoring a treasured antique, see what genuine Durham's Water Putty™ can do for you.
Casting With Durham's Water Putty
It's easy to make fascinating figurines, relief sculptures, and other items of art to beautify your home or to give to your friends. Simply cast them with original Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty™ using any suitable plastic or flexible rubber film.
Start by mixing Durham's Putty and water together to the consistency of heavy cream. Immediately, pour the mixture into the mold, tapping the mold gently while filling to bring air bubbles to the surface. After the putty has set, carefully remove the cast from the mold and fill in any air bubbles which might remain with a new mixture of putty.
An interesting way to give an attractive carved appearance to plain furniture, doors, or walls is to make a number of casts from molds of carved plaques. These molds may be purchased, or you may make them yourself from your own favorite plaque by following the instructions found in "Restoring Art Objects." For an extra strong hanger, insert a screw or wire into the back of the plaque while Durham's is still wet.
Durham's Water Putty casts made from molds may be joined together and fastened to the flat surface of the item you wish to transform. With these casts you can duplicate the appearance of beautifully carved Spanish furniture.
Casts may be painted or colored. Refer to "How To Color Your Art Objects."
Sand Sculpting With Durham's Water Putty
Sand sculpting is a fun and easy way to produce plaques with attractive relief designs, ideal for wall hangings or for displaying on an easel.
What's more, the process is simple. Just pack wet sand in a box filling it to about ½-inch from the top, depending upon the thickness of the cast desired. Level the sand. Then with a pencil, nail, spoon, or any appropriate tool, draw a design in the sand and set aside to let the sand dry. Or, make an impression with a figurine or other art object, pressing it into the wet sand.
Prepare the putty while the sand is drying. Mix water and Durham's Water Putty to the consistency of heavy cream. Then carefully spoon out a small amount of the putty into the dry sand mold, being careful not to disturb the design. After the design is covered, the balance of the putty may be gently poured in until the box is filled. Then level the top surface.
After the putty has dried, carefully remove the sides of the box and brush off the excess sand. The remaining grains of sand will give your plaque an attractive surface. The putty will dry to a light ivory color. Apply clear shellac if desired, or if you wish a deeper color, follow the directions in the section entitled, "How To Color Your Art Objects."
For a different effect, place bits of stone, beads, shells, or other objects part way into the sand design before pouring the putty.
Carving With Durham's Water Putty
If you have always wanted to carve, but hesitated to work with wood or stone, putty carving is for you. That's because if you make a mistake of any kind, just fill your mistake with more putty, let it dry, and proceed carving.
The first step is to form a block of water putty. Mix Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty™ with water to the consistency of thick cream. Then pour into a mold such as a milk carton or cardboard box, tapping gently while pouring to bring air bubbles to the surface.
After letting the putty set, remove the mold and start carving. Form the general contour and gradually carve it into the finished object. The putty need not be completely dry when you start. In fact, you will find it easier to carve if you start when it is the consistency of hard soap. Your finished work may be sanded or polished, or for an interesting effect, left with the tool marks showing.
Refer to the section entitled "How To Color Your Art Objects" if you want a color other than the light ivory of the putty itself.
Modeling With Durham's Water Putty
If you enjoy creating unusual effects, Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty™ is for you.
For example, Durham's allows artists to achieve unique surface effects not possible in other materials because Durham's sets up faster than clay and other materials.
Another advantage of using putty is that it lends itself to a combination of modeling and carving. Plus, Durham's Water Putty offers exceptional durability.
What can you make? Interesting figures, birds, animals, abstract designs, and objects of any sort. How about reliefs, or scenic backgrounds for model railroading. Let your imagination run wild.
"Here's a picture of my newest model railroad. The scenery was done exclusively with Durham's over metal screen! Thanks for a great product! Rob Symington
Form the Putty directly over a mount called an armature, or form it over supporting
material placed over an armature. Regardless, Durham's Water Putty sticks and stays in position.
Finally, your sculpture may be left in the putty's natural ivory tint, or colored.
Creating Mosaics With Durham's Water Putty
An interesting project is to add mosaic designs to objects such as trivets, coasters, wall plaques, table tops, box lids, ash trays, and many other items. Simply embed pebbles, shells, mosaic tiles, and other colorful materials in Durham's Water Putty. An alternative is to use this putty as a grouting material.
For a vacation hobby when you're near the beach, pick up an assortment of colorful pebbles. Try to collect relative flat pebbles, not more than ¼-inch thick. Wash and dry them, then arrange them in an appealing design. Or ask your hobby, craft, or art store for other suitable mosaic materials.
Mix Durham's Water Putty with water to the consistency of heavy cream. Pour this into the object you have selected so putty is slightly shallower in thickness than that desired for the finished mosaic. Smooth the putty surface. Carefully embed the materials with the smooth side up, arranging them in any design you wish. After the putty is dry, you may color it, or color the putty at the time you mix it with water. See our on-line coloring instructions.
Attractive vases may be made by applying a coating of Durham's Water Putty mixed with water to the clean outside surfaces of glass jars or bottles. While the putty is still moist, embed shells or other materials in the putty so they will adhere. You can substitute shell macaroni for natural shell. Shellac or spray with metallic or colored paint.
Restore Antiques, Art, & Furniture
With Durham's Water Putty
Cracks or chips in art objects and furniture may be easily and quickly filled with Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty™. The color of the original piece can be matched with a little patience and experimentation as outlined in the section, "How To Color Your Art Objects."
Ornate picture frames with missing or damaged sections can be duplicated and replaced with Durham's Water Putty. Just make a rubber mold from a corresponding undamaged portion. Visit your art, craft, or hobby store for liquid rubber specially prepared for making such molds. Then make a putty cast from the mold and use it to replace the missing section of the frame.
Hang pictures and artwork with greater holding strength. Place a dab of Durham's into the old nail or wire hole. Insert the nail or wire before Durham's is set and you'll have an extra strong hanger.
Fill gouges in damaged wood carvings with Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty. When set, the putty can be carved exactly as you would carve the wood.
How To Color Your Art Objects
The natural color of Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty™ is a light ivory. But you can give it any color you wish, here's how ...
Color Durham's Water Putty™ throughout before mixing it with water by adding powdered tempera or dry earth powders such as umbers, siennas, and other colors. Acrylic, latex paints, RIT®, Tintex, and coloring matter which will mix with water are also suitable. Do not use oil-base products, since oil and water do not mix and the putty will not harden.
Be careful if you need to add a great deal of coloring as it may affect the hardness of the dried putty.
Check hardness by experimenting with a little bit of Durham's and the desired coloring agent before you start your project.
If you don't need the color all the way through your project, you can paint Durham's Putty after it has dried. In fact, you can use water-based or oil-based paints on dried Durham's.
One fun technique is to apply two coats of shellac thinned with alcohol. While the second coat is still tacky, bronze powder or dry colors may be dusted on. Or wait until the shellac is dry and apply a thin wash of oil paint thinned with turpentine. Acrylic paint may also be used, but the surface should be primed first with an acrylic primer. Interesting effects may be obtained by applying a bronze solution over or under washes of acrylic or oil paint. Your art, craft, or hobby store can supply glazes for giving various antique effects and can usually offer other helpful suggestions.
Stain cannot penetrate dried Durham's Water Putty. If you wish to use stain for color, mix it with Durham's when you make your batch.
For exact colors, weigh Durham's powder and the paint in exact proportions. Sometimes, Durham's can get compacted during shipping and the 3-to-1 mixing ratio may be skewed by compacted powder.