Runcible-Sterling’s Hierarchy of Adhesives

These lovely little frames on the pair on the left are really cool – I tend to just scale down the image I want to use in photoshop and word and then print them out on glossy photo paper. I stick them to the frames and then coat them with varnish to add some durability.  I advise my customers to avoid immersion in water however.

The keys on both pairs are more of the wood cuts seen in the last post, too small to make a badge, coated with automotive clearcoat.  The right hand pair are very long and dangly, but some people are into that and they sell well.  I find it hard to get around the country to specialist Goth / Steampunk fairs so have a tendency to sell to ‘Norms’.  My experience with selling  jewellery to ordinary people is that you like it or you don’t with no difference in your sales.  I try to avoid defining stuff as explicitly Steampunk because then you have to explain what that means.  I don’t believe you have to define what you make however it’s the style I prefer and I would never make anything I don’t like.

Ok…last year I think I spent over £150 on adhesives.  Most of the problem is that to attach two pieces of non-ferrous metal together, you need to either solder them or braze them.  Solder only comes in grey, gets everywhere and never stays where you put it.  Brazing requires extreme heat and since Madame wont let me keep ‘G’ cylinders of oxy-acet in the garage, I was a bit constrained in how to stick stuff together.

(left to Right).  Jurasstic glue. This is absolute toss.  You have to wet it to activate it, then it expands like that terrible expanding foam that window fitters use.  Avoid.  UHU – Going old skool – its alright for paper and card to metal, cant take any force loading at all so dont use it to attach anything that requires taking a load.  Araldite Metal –  Not bad for metal-on metal but quite brittle and doesn’t accept shearing force very well.  Evo-Stick Impact – Best all round, goes off in about 5 minutes so you have enough time to slip your piece about a bit and does take quite a bit of force before failure.  Easily strong enough for baubles  and it’s cheap – about £2 a tube where I get it from.  Q-Bond – A specialist automotive product.  This is a powder that you can use to pack a larger gap then poor the liquid cryoacrynolate over it and becomes solid – then you can sand it to shape.  Its a lot easier to use than it seems. The mechanic at my local garage gave me it after reaming me for £400 for a new water pump.  Loctite Power Epoxy – Nice, clever binary dispenser and dries a really pleasing shade of mid – grey.  Doesn’t run but the down side is that its hard to mix properly in very small amounts.  Its only a fiver but I only found one shop selling it and that’s in Central Leeds.  Pain in the ass.  Loctite 496 – The big daddy, another Cryoacrynolate but quite viscous so doesn’t splash all over the place, tends to stay put.  Very temperature sensitive so goes off in 60 seconds in Summer, 10 minutes in Winter.  Takes 120kg/cm2 loading force, dries clear.  Its a quality product.  Downside is that it’s £22 plus VAT for 20mls.  Smells like superglue, don’t be deceived, 20 times stronger.  Will take you at least an hour to get your fingers apart.

Is anybody actually reading this?


2 Responses to “Runcible-Sterling’s Hierarchy of Adhesives”

  1. Kate Thompson Says:

    Hi Paul,

    The site looks good so far! I never knew that you were a glue anorak. You are certainly a man of many interests: family, steampunk, engineering, jewellery, brass stuff, websites and astronomy to name a few. If you were looking for tips to improve this site I think that you should use more of your “victorian era speak” if that’s what it is called. I think that you sound hilarious when you use it. I don’t get much time to check my emails but do notify me of site updates as it will be intersting to know what’s happening with it. Good luck & may you have many visitors.

    Love Kate

  2. Oh yes…ensure you subscribe with the button on the home should get an email every time I add a new entry..

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