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« on: June 03, 2008 11:13:16 PM »

I hope I am posting this in the right place.  If not please forgive. 
I am helping with costumes for the annual play here and I need your expertice please!
I need to adhere somehow all sorts of sequins, shinny medallion's, and I just don't know what they're called..I hope the pictures are enough.
Anyway, my problem is....How?  I tried to hot glue last night and the sequins started to melt from the heat.  No I don't have access to a low temp one unfortunately.  These are the shirts for the little Indian girls in the play Jungle Book.  There are 4 shirts.  I need them to stay on for 3 performances and the dress rehearsals.
I would appreciate any and all help (including physical.lol)
Thank you in advance now on to the pics:






this is the last pic,  This is the one that got too "hot".



Thank you!! Hope you can help cause we are just at that stage that we need to do it like now!!!

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2008 11:16:30 PM »

Try tacky glue.  It is thick white (dries clear) glue that comes in a bottle that's specific for fabrics and other crafty items.  I don't believe you can wash it, but that doesn't seem too important for you.  You can get it at any craft store.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2008 11:44:01 PM »

why not try sewing it all? it looks like everything has got a hole to stitch through if not easily pierced, and it would last as well.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2008 12:11:24 AM »

You guys are great for answering so quickly. While waiting for your help I've been making felt steaks and a leg of lamb.  Wish they were real.lol.        Sewing I was hoping not to do cause of the time involved. Lots and lots to make. (I don't remember all of these characters in the film)  Right now the coordinator has gone to the shop to get me more supplies, so I need time efficient as well as to last the performances.  Hopefully she will bring back now the fabric glue.  The hot gun is holding well but looks all warped where the glue touched it.  Maybe not so bad looking from a distance?
Thank you Thank you for your input and help.  It is invaluable!!!
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2008 05:57:12 AM »

Go to your nearest wally world and get a bottle of Fabri-Tac!! It is so much better than tacky glue and it will hold those on with no issues. I make dolls and use that to hold on eyelids and lashes and have even used it for attaching lace and such to outfits! It bonds fast and dries clear!
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2008 06:15:28 AM »

Go to your nearest wally world and get a bottle of Fabri-Tac!! It is so much better than tacky glue and it will hold those on with no issues. I make dolls and use that to hold on eyelids and lashes and have even used it for attaching lace and such to outfits! It bonds fast and dries clear!

I second the recomendation for Fabri-Tac. That stuff is awesome. It can bond fabric to fabric, fabric to wood etc. It is kind of pricey, but a little goes a looonng way.
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2008 06:25:25 AM »

I have used E6000 to glue fabrics, namely patches onto denim, and it has held up, even in the washer and dryer. It is clear, stays flexible, and won't soak through the fabrics. It's available at all the major craft stores.
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2008 07:43:24 AM »

Thank you so much everyone!! You don't know how helpful you all have been and I appreciate it!!! 
Sadly no wally world anywhere close, but we are working on it.lol but have taken note.
I have just recently bought the E6000 (for those plastic butterflies--another post and also a suggestion from here) So I will try that for now cause the "coordinator" came back from town with 2 sticks of hot glue.  She said that the meltdown doesn't affect the effect we want (is that right???) from a distance. Oh well.
Feast Your Eyes, that sounds like a great recommendation: denim, washer dryer.  I just need the costumes to survive the rehearsals and the three shows.
Thanks to all of you. I was really stressing out on this.
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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2008 11:09:06 AM »

Feast Your Eyes, if you are still "here", I read the instructions to the E6000 and it said to wait from 2 to 10 minutes then apply what I want to adhere.  Well, of course my question is 2 to 10, how long for fabric and what I'm working with? the sequins and the rope stuff.  I only have one and a half shirt to go for the villiage girls.  Again Thank you!!
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2008 11:35:47 AM »

I never wait to stick things together. There's probably a reason for that in the instructions, but the E6000 usually dries faster than I can use what I squirt out.
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