I want to experiment with and idea, but I need a glue which will adhere fabric to metal.   It will not have to support weight as the embroidery/fabric will cover a small area.  It is, however, important to have a glue that does not stain the fabric.

Has anyone had experience with these materials?

Many thanks

Barbara

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Hello Barbara,

I hope you can find something where you are.  I use a product called 450 clear adhesive from Helmar - http://www.helmar.com.au/products/all_products/450_stainless_adhesive/  I have no idea if you have a similar product over there.  I have glued metal backed crystals to fabric, fabric to cardboard, and find it is really good.  It's a little stringy at times, but the web blurb says it's acid free.  I think it would work for your needs. 

 

If you can't find anything suitable, I can try to get some sent to you.  It looks like an Australia product [didn't think we made anything here anymore!!].  And, of course, I'm not sure about the politics of sending glue through the post, but the offer is there.  Perhaps there is a UK stockist for this product, I didn't look.

 

Cheers,

Linda.

Thanks, Shirley for the info.  The list of materials seems to mention most things-  but not metal.

 I used to use a good strong one, but I just can't remember the name(old age :)

Anyway, I'll have time to-day, to search the web.

Thanks again

Barbara

Barb, have you tried www.thistothat.com

Thanks, Liz I did take a peek there very interesting............ :)

Barbara

I don't know how thin the fabric you want to attach is, If it is lightweight, then I'd try gluedots. Comes on a roll like sellotape but is covered with sticky dots. Like double sided tape, you just have to position them where you want them and peel off the backing.  You can rub them off again if they don't suit, provided it isn't very fragile fabric with stitching.  Failing that, I'd go for epoxy resin, because you can leave this until it is very tacky before adhering the two surfaces. Copydex is something else I would consider, but until I know which fabric you are using................. 



Heather Gilbert said:

I don't know how thin the fabric you want to attach is, If it is lightweight, then I'd try gluedots. Comes on a roll like sellotape but is covered with sticky dots. Like double sided tape, you just have to position them where you want them and peel off the backing.  You can rub them off again if they don't suit, provided it isn't very fragile fabric with stitching.  Failing that, I'd go for epoxy resin, because you can leave this until it is very tacky before adhering the two surfaces. Copydex is something else I would consider, but until I know which fabric you are using................. Thanks for the help I think I may try some copydex.

Barbara

Hi Barbara,

I think epoxy resin, as suggested by Heather, may be your only real choice, but it is messy to use. You will need to choose a  resin that remains clear as many do yellow over time.

Would it be possible to just drill a few holes in the metal and simply stitch your fabric?

Annette

Not really, as I have now found a lovely compact mirror in a silvered case and removed a rather horrible cheap plastic panel in the lid. 

I plan on replacing this wth a square of embroidery - I will test out some clear drying adhesives and possibly a spray on type; hoping it will be tacky.

Many thanks for the help :)

Barbara

Barbara do let us know what glue you end up using and how it works as I would love to know the answer! 

Sharon, I've just bought some clear glue called Fantastic Elastic by 151 adhesives it comes in a 20gm tube. I haven't heard of it before but tried it and it seems to have worked!

On the pack it says "produces a unique, flexible, bond & seal.  Works on: metal, glass, ceramics, mirror, wood, plastics, vinyl &  fabrics".

Barbara

Thanks for the kind offer, Linda, but I think I've finally tracked down the right one.  The compact is being given as a little gift to my next door neighbour, so I will ask her to let me know how it performs :)

Best wishes!

Barbara


 
Linda said:

Hello Barbara,

I hope you can find something where you are.  I use a product called 450 clear adhesive from Helmar - http://www.helmar.com.au/products/all_products/450_stainless_adhesive/  I have no idea if you have a similar product over there.  I have glued metal backed crystals to fabric, fabric to cardboard, and find it is really good.  It's a little stringy at times, but the web blurb says it's acid free.  I think it would work for your needs. 

 

If you can't find anything suitable, I can try to get some sent to you.  It looks like an Australia product [didn't think we made anything here anymore!!].  And, of course, I'm not sure about the politics of sending glue through the post, but the offer is there.  Perhaps there is a UK stockist for this product, I didn't look.

 

Cheers,

Linda.

I  use E-6000 for just about anything that requires two different types of materials to be joined as in fabric to metal, or metal to plastic. It works on just about any surface and is slightly flexable, clear when it dries, and I haven't had it stain the fabric. Not to mention it is fairly cheap and easy to control, it comes out of the tube like a thick gel, not runny and you never need very much!

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