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Molds & Resins
Glue & Adhesives
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section will explain the types of glue to use when making your custom figure..
type of glue is easily available at fabric stores. There are many brands
to choose from, but most of them have the same adhesive properties. Most
fabric glue is rather thick in consistency and usually clear. Drying time
varies but is generally never more then a few minutes for the basic cure
and about an hour for it to be fully dry. It will stick to just about any
type of fabric, leather, rubber, vinyl etc. Many times fabric glue can
be used to attach accessories such as plastic, wood, sculpey etc. to the
fabric. This tip would mainly be for 9inch customs, but could work well
on a 4.5 inch figure should you want to add "realistic" clothing.
|Superglue, or Krazy Glue
as it is usually known as, can bond almost any material together. You can
find superglue sold under many brand names almost anywhere! It seems to
be the same thing in every different bottle. I suggest buying the
little tubes because they are cheap and easy to use. When you buy the big
bottles I found that you waste too much: the tip clogs and it ends
up drying out. Definitely not worth the extra $$$$! You can even
use superglue to fill small gaps by adding baking soda to the wet glue.
The soda will bubble the glue so it cures into a foam. I don't suggest
using superglue to "clear coat" sculpey or paints (as some customizers
choose to do) because of the fact that the fumes can cause a whitening
effect. I only use this type of glue when I'm attaching the final figure.
(Back to front). One thing to be VERY careful of is that it hardens VERY
fast! It can leak through your figure if you don't apply it right. If you
notice a figure tightening up, start rotating the arms waist and head.
This should prevent the figure from being glued in a permanent position.
Also, be careful to not get any on yourself. If you do, keep your hands
AWAY from your eyes and use warm soapy water to remove it.
cement is not really a glue. It's actually a solvent that welds 2
pieces of plastic together. All commercial cements I know of are
made for styrene and PVC. That means it will NOT work on a figures
limbs or head. However, it is the best way to re-attach a cracked
or broken torso because it actually melts the 2 halves together. I recommend
only 2 types of cement. Clear liquid model cement (Testors 3502 & Tennex
7R) both are fairly easy to use. They're both great for gluing torsos.
Next, is PVC cement. A small can (Oatey 31017) is best as this stuff
tends to go bad soon after it's opened. PVC cement is messy, but
is great for sealing sections of plastic that may have gaps. Both
types will eat paint and discolor plastic finishes, so aim well!
I personally have stopped using plastic cement. I used it when I first
started doing customs, and thought you'd appreciate all the options available