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How can paper be glued to cardboard without creating wrinkles?

In my projects, I often wish to affix a piece of paper to a more rigid material, like cardboard, and to do so using relatively large sheets of paper (say, around a square foot or two). However, I find ...
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Making thin brittle sand design that holds together

I'm trying to make pretend coins out of sand, so that they are solid enough say, to hold it by the edge and it not bend, but brittle with so that if I crushed it in my hand it'd crumble back into sand....
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How do you bond clear acrylic to wood?

I am trying to glue a piece of clear acrylic 2mm thick to a piece of plywood that is 5mm thick. They are both 76mm by 50mm and rectangular in shape. They have some cutouts in the middle. It's supposed ...
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How do I choose which adhesive or material to repair action figures?

I have several types of action figures that need minor repairs (small details broken off) and major repairs (limbs broken). Some of these parts are soft, flexible plastic, some hard, and some are ...
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Which glue should I use to attach paper to glass?

When making things that go in bottles (primarily beer), I want to add labels to the bottles. I like the look of matte paper labels such as those found on fancy wine bottles, but I'm having difficulty ...
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What kind of glue works for stones and shells?

I have a collection of many small stones and shells of different shapes and sizes picked up from various beaches, and it'd be nice to glue some of them together to make some sort of arty model. But ...
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How to glue a map onto a globe?

I'm making a globe of Mars. I've obtained a "sliced" map of Mars that I will print. Then I'll need to cut the slices and glue them onto the globe of Earth. The slices won't align perfectly; I can ...
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What kind of glue to make a magnet adhere to wood?

I've had these two small wooden heart magnets given to me a year ago, but over time, both hearts have fallen off their magnets. They seem to be attached by a thing sheet of some kind of clear glue ...
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Historical glue from beeswax and stone meal?

During my search for a way to mount a metal spearhead (iron) to a wooden shaft (ash) with acceptable historical correctness, I stumbled upon a short note (german only, sorry) speaking of a glue made ...
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Gluing pasta to paper?

I'm gluing dyed pasta to paper with my son, but it's hard to get it to stick without an obscene amount of glue (Elmer's liquid) or decoupage (Mod Podge). I'm using cardstock paper, so the glue doesn'...
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What type of glue will work well on wood and metal?

As per this question I'm needing to glue a wood veneer inlay into a metal bracelet, but don't know what type of glue to use. I have a tube of Gorilla Glue, which I know is suitable for wood - should ...
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Will cyanoacrylates damage plastic?

I have been reading up on cyanoacrylate, commonly sold in the US as "Krazy Glue" or "Super Glue", because I want to to use it to repair small plastic parts on either toys or appliances, due to its ...
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Biodegradable adhesives

When I travel, I like to walk around, collect some natural objects (shells, coconuts, leafs, etc.) and put them together to produce some kind of "sculpture". I always have in mind that the object ...
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Is regular "wood glue" suitable for lighter woods (e.g. balsa)?

My daughter's dollhouse, after years of fairly rough use by many enthusiastic children, needs some fixing up. In particular, the staircase has split in half. Luckily it's a clean break, and I should ...
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How to knot an elastic cord into a circle?

I'm going to be tying some elastic cord (the kind that's about 2 mm thick) into circles about 6 inches in diameter. The circles will be subject to a fair amount of stretching, but nothing excessive. ...
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How to glue mug pieces

What are good materials to neatly glue mug pieces together? Moreover, the final object should be: - waterproof, - food-safe and - heat proof (as stated by @SF, this last requirement makes things ...
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How can I get dried Elmer's white glue out of hard bristle paint brushes?

I used a class set (I am a teacher) of standard hard bristle paint brushes in a Elmer's white glue and water mixture. Despite washing them numerous times with water and hand soap, they are still rock ...
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How to fix glass kaleidoscope inside cardboard tube

I have a maker/craft project making a kaleidoscope out of three mirrors and a badminton shuttlecock tube (sawn in half). This will be a project for a class of school kids aged 8-12, so we'll have to ...
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How to make pistachio shells stick together for decorations?

When looking for images of nutshells in order to make a witty snarky reply to CreationEdge♦ in chat, I came across some wonderful pictures of pistachio-shell decorations: How inspiring and beautiful ...
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What are good methods to attach glass to wood?

I'm a woodworker and I really like turning. While I've made some beautiful goblets on my lathe, I'm always a little leery about recommending them for actual drinking. On top of that many of them do ...
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Oops! Rubber cement on wood cleanup?

My son was making a birdhouse. He asked if he could use the rubber cement (Elmer's), and I said it was okay. I didn't know he was going to use our dining room table as his workspace. Everything ...
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Alternatives to Spirit Gum?

Spirit Gum is a brush on liquid adhesive used for attaching prosthetics, and other special effects to the body without harming the skin or the prosthetic. However, stores only carry it around ...
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Paper Bridge Project

I am an engineering student and, for my final project this semester, I have to build a paper bridge. I plan to use rubber cement to glue the tubes of my bridge, but I want to use something else to ...
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Lickable glue for handmade envelopes (gum arabic)

I am looking for a way to put down a strip of adhesive on the tab of handmade envelopes. I would like to have the adhesive remain dry on the envelope and only become tacky when it is licked/moistened--...
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Method for embedding rock mosaic in transparent material

I am looking for a way to do the following. 1. Arrange a pattern of semi-precious stones. 2. Embed it in a transparent medium so that it can be hung up, say in front of a window. Someone suggested I ...
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How can I mount a polished stone to wood?

I have a finished wooden walking stick. I'd like to mount a few polished gemstones to it. What is the best product to use for mounting stones to wood surface?
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What glues can attach plastic to satin?

I need to attach some plastic beads ("pearls") to a satin headband. What will work for this -- hot glue? fabric glue? some other adhesive?
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Will gold leaf adhesive work on flexible TPU plastic?

After gold leafing part a piece of IKEA furniture, I'm going a little gold leaf crazy. I'd like to leaf part of my phone case, which is a flexible matte plastic. Will the adhesive stick to it? I would ...
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Can I use a smaller diameter hot glue stick on a bigger diameter hot glue gun?

Suppose there is a hot glue gun that support 12mm hot glue stick. Of course we cannot insert a bigger than 12mm hot glue stick, but can we insert a smaller one, let's say, a 7.5mm hot glue stick into ...
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Money clip rubber cement/hot glue?

The current project in my sewing group is making a money clip. My question is whether I should use rubber cement or hot glue to attach the magnets that hold the clip onto the money. If it helps, the ...
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Painting a flag without paint bleeding

Background story: I bought a 3'x5' cotton flag and I painted it as seen in the photo. I made a mockup in photoshop and used a big T-square and pencil to sketch the shape of the numbers. They turned ...
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How can I remove CA glues (e.g. Super Glue) from a material?

I recently got some Super Glue on the sole of my shoe, while working on a craft. Luckily, my shoe wasn't on the ground long enough to be glued to the floor, but now, the entire bottle of superglue is ...
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Why have my paper crafts hung on the wall deformed and what can be done to prevent this?

I cut these butterflies, and hands out of paper, spread gum on them and sprinkled glitter. Then I pasted them on these CDs with Fevicol. I did not fold them at all. They were straight the day I made ...
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Is epoxy a reasonable adhesive choice for repairing pottery?

I need to repair a cracked pottery bowl - an epoxy seems like a reasonable choice since there are some gaps of around 1mm width. The material seems fairly porous, and is maybe 3-4mm thick. Obviously ...
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Fasteners other than Hook and Loop

I am looking for fastener options to attach 2 fabrics and also keep them detachable. I am working on an adjustable knee brace so small hook and loop patches are a good option but they are difficult to ...
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How to apply diamond dust to a canvas?

How can I apply diamond dust to a canvas or photo? I've searched the web but can't find any information about it. I've used photo spray glue but it's too sticky.
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Best way to attach EVA decals onto a stretchy synthetic fabric?

I have bought a stretchy synthetic body suit and want to attach decals from EVA foam and possibly fake leather onto the suit. The decals vary from large pieces of fabric and foam to small iron-on like ...
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Can you take a regular photo and Mod Podge it to Plaster?

My daughter in law gave me two handprints of my twin grandangels. I would like to cut out their faces from a small picture and apply them on ornament. Can I do that with Mod Podge?
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What type of glue to stick paper on paper without curling?

I want to make super thick invitation cards. When I use white glue, it looks great for a day but then it starts curling. Any idea what I can use ?
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How can I improve my binding process to get a better result?

Haven't done it in a while but I used to bind my own books so that I didn't have to pay extra for really cool ones. Mostly printed computer paper from 150 for 300 pages for the contents. This is what ...
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Adhering felt to felt

I am making felt toy numberblock characters for my grandsons out of felt. What is the best adhesive to use to adhere the felt faces and arms onto the felt sewn blocks so they stay on?
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Book binding with hot glue

I watched a couple of videos on YouTube regarding book binding with hot glue: in short, they were presenting that the pages should be put together in a press and then hot glue is applied on the side. ...
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Do high-temp vacuum-sealed reusable bags exist?

I need to vacuum seal and compress two things together and then bake them at 300-deg F so they will bond. Do high-temp vacuum bags exist? (silicone, etc) I'm looking for something like these vacuum ...
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How can I decorate on a mug or plate with paper?

I remember when I was in school and the teacher gave us just newspaper. We cut words from it and decorated our mug or plate. I don't remember how we glued or adhered to the plate or mug so it was ...
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Covering business cards?

I have a number of misprinted business cards and I plan on using them to test a card game. I will be gluing prints(Normal low grade printer paper) to the cards, but I am worried the business cards ...
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Which glue should I use for fabric-shaping?

I'm after a glue to stiffen some fabric into a specific shape. I have tried a couple but they do not stiffen the fabric enough as I'm after a fairly solid finish. It needs to be reasonably resistant ...
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How to glue a paper on a three-dimensional shape without creating wrinkles

I am trying to create a model of a pair of shoes in paper and I've run into a little problem. I'm trying to shape the toe-piece without creating wrinkles or cuts in the paper - I want it to be shaped ...
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What is the best way to apply felt to wood?

I have multiple projects I am working on that are mounted on pieces of wood. I was planning on putting felt on the back of the wood so that they do not scratch the wall when they are hung or mounted ...
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How can I attach a large satin applique to a skirt?

I'm making a skirt, and I'd like to attach an applique of a thin satiny fabric to the thicker base fabric. It's going to be in the shape of a city skyline, with the satiny stuff as the buildings. It's ...
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Which type of adhesive should I use on posters, and when?

There are three main adhesives used for poster projects: Glue stick Liquid glue Tape When should I use each of those adhesives for something I'm trying to put on a poster?