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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2006 06:18:21 PM »

My favorite rubber cement is called Premium Best-Test Paper Cement.  The front says, " NO wrinkling, curling, shrinking."

It looks like this:     

Also, I second schizo319's advice about how to apply the rubber cement.

Good luck!
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« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2006 06:48:15 PM »

One other note about applying rubber cement, or any type of glue:  I would highly suggest investing in a brayer.  I have a small one and it is amazing for getting every single air bubble or glue blob out.  Just make sure you always have a scrap piece of paper between the brayer and your work.
Here's a really basic one: http://www.dickblick.com/zz401/01/
My boyfriend is a graphic design student and I yield to when it comes to presenting, because his professors are really picky. He uses double stick tape around all edges when he's doing two-sided pieces, spray adheasive for mounting and rubber cement for everything else...I think.

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2006 07:08:14 PM »

meshell -- thanks for the recommendation.  I noticed that that rubber cement comes in a "true acid free formula" -- do you have a preference for one or the other?

ikillbarbies -- it would never have occured to me to use a brayer for this.  I've only seen them used for printmaking and whatnot.  Thanks!
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« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2006 07:32:37 PM »

I asked Santa for a brayer about a month ago...I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2006 09:27:21 PM »

I recently got a new "little" brayer- only 3" wide- I love it- perfect for smoothing little projects.
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« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2006 04:12:22 AM »

Katxena, I do use the acid free.  Oops, I guess the one pictured doesn't say it is acid free!  Sorry about that!!  The can I have looks exactly the same except it says, "A Real ACID FREE Adhesive."

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2006 05:40:06 AM »

Yeah, I'm just finishing up a 2D design class at my college, and the first day of class we used rubber cement.  I thought it was wretched!  It started to dry before I even got the piece down, and it made a mess everywhere... but when we turned in the projects, some of the students cheated and sued glue sticks, and you could totally tell the difference.  Theirs were all wrinkled and coming off the bristol board, and the rest, despite all the trouble, were as smooth as if they were printed on it!  My favorite part about it is even if you get glue-cobwebs all over everything, and the glue squishes out from around the edges, if you wait till it's totally dry all the excess glue will peel off beautifully!  So, yeah... now I like it.  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2006 06:40:59 AM »

Lelila, you might have better luck with applying the rubber cement if you used a different technique.  For the most permanent bond, the rubber cement is supposed to dry before you join the pieces.

You are supposed to paint both of the surfaces with rubber cement, and let them dry.  Then position them together and burnish.  Smiley

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« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2006 09:20:13 AM »

You are supposed to paint both of the surfaces with rubber cement, and let them dry.  Then position them together and burnish.  Smiley

Burnish...I was so trying to think of that word yesterday.  Finals week is getting to me!
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« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2006 07:24:45 AM »

I tried my elmer's rubber cement again last night, using the technique that schizo319 and others recommended -- paint on both pieces, let dry, press together and burnish.  I used a short cylindrical candel to burnish because I don't have a brayer (but I'm so getting one in January!).  I'm going to stick with the elmer's until it runs out, then I'm going to buy the Best-Test cement meshell recommended.

It worked great.  I'm very pleased with the results, and you can tell that the edges are NOT going to peel up.  Thanks for all your help!
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