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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Friendly Plastic E-cyclopedia... Adhesives and Sealers

Yeah... an end is in sight.
Here are the final topics for the Tools and Materials section of the FP E-cyclopedia. I have lumped the last three topics together, in an effort to get through this as quickly as possible. I am hoping to have the completed E-cyclopedia up for your viewing by mid July. As always please feel free to share you comments, tips and tricks.

Sanding Tools

Fingernail Files – Fingernail files are great for rounding off sharp edges. Use them for sanding or buffing out rough spots, like the ones you get when you accidentally stick your finger in the softened plastic.

• Buffing blocks and sand paper work in the same way

Glues and Adhesives

This is a topic that is brought up quite often. First you need to determine, what your finished Friendly Plastic design is being used for. This is major factor in what type of glue is needed. And of course we can’t leave out personal preference.

Craft Glue - For paper crafting, if you are just adding a Friendly Plastic embellishment, white glue that is designed to adhere plastic will work fine.

Double-sided Tape – Double-sided tape (my choice) is also great for paper crafting and many other applications.

E 6000 – Is great for use with almost all of your Friendly Plastic projects. For jewelry, you will want to use a silicone-based glue, like E-6000 (my choice) or Goop. The thick consistency makes it easy to pick up small amounts on the end of a needle tool for precise placement. It is self-leveling and will not rust metal components that are being used along with your Plastic.

Epoxy - A two-part epoxy is also a good choice when working with small jewelry components. It is fast drying and won’t rust metal components.
Jewelry Cements - There are also several jewelry cements available that are worth a try. You really have to find what works best for you.

Sealers and Protective Coatings

Acrylic Sealers – Water based acrylic sealers add a nice light coat of protection to your finished pieces. Painted on or sprayed on, it comes in different finishes such as gloss, satin or mat. Several coats can be applied to achieve your desired finish.

EnviroTex Lite – Envirotex Lite is a two-part epoxy resin and polyamine hardener that can be painted on or poured on. It gives a high gloss finish that is heat resistant and down right glorious. It is my favorite sealer. If you are looking for the depth and dimension of glass, this is the sealer for that type of finish. There is a bit of a learning curve to using this product and it also has a 24hour cure time.

Casting Resin – Like Envoritex Lite, is a two-part mixture that can be applied with a brush or poured on. The high gloss finish gives the depth and dimension like that of glass. It also gives your finished piece protection and durability. It also has a bit of a learning curve to the application process, and has a 24hour cure time. But it is well worth your learning efforts.

Polyurethane – Polyurethane is a thermoplastic polymer that can be painted on or sprayed on. Like the acrylic sealers, it comes in different finishes (gloss, satin, mat) and adds a nice protection to your finished pieces from normal wear and tear.

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