I like to use a Xyron machine for gluing. The machine can be purchased at hobby and scrapbooking stores in many different widths. It applys a permanent adhesive to the back of whatever you run through it and it isn't messy like glue can be.
shelly <scouvrette@...> wrote:
on 2005-01-19 at 18:40 <d-j-smith@...> wrote:
>Shelly, what kind of glue are you using?
i try to use acrylic medium, but sometimes i'm lazy and use
glue stick or, for large pieces, spray adhesive. both the
spray adhesive and the glue stick have separated. i've tried
several brands of each (Uhu, Ross, Elmers, Zig, Pioneer,
Avery, 3M) and haven't had any luck with any of them.
>I haven't had *any* problems with the glue turning loose when
>I paint the back of the pages. Maybe it's because I spread
>the paint thin.
that could be. i use a credit card to spread out the first
coat, then i let it dry so that it seals the paper. i may
still be spreading the paint thicker than you do. like i
said, i'm playing around with paint thickness and layers,
trying to cut down on the
buckling that occurs along the spine
edge. i'll have to try experimenting with seeing just how
thin i can apply the paint without stretching the paper by
>I usually use matte Mod Podge,
aha! that reminds me! i've got a big bottle of Mod Podge
that i should play around with. that's what i decoupaged my
coffee table with, and it's stood up *extremely* well over the
years. thanks for the reminder!
>but I have used some glue sticks and didn't have much trouble
>there either. With the glue stick some of it loosens up
>whether I paint on the back or if I am glueing on the back of
>an already painted page. I suspect that I don't burnish it
>down well enough.
i dunno. i burnish pretty thoroughly and it doesn't seem to
help. my theory is that it just doesn't hold up very well,
>I really don't like glue stick much.
neither do i. i don't know why i keep using them,
because my experience is that they don't give good adhesion to
begin with and it does *not* improve over time. i've got
dozens and dozens of old sketch books and the glue has gotten
brittle and the glued-in bits have flaked off. i should know
better! it's just so darned handy, though. hrmph.
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