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« on: February 23, 2011 03:13:51 PM »

Hi! I recently starting making hair clips adorned with hand-embroidered medallions. I'm having a little trouble with gluing them to a clip confidently. I have Fabri-tac, which is great with fabric and seems to be working okay so far, but I recently sold some of my products to a store, so I want to be positive that they are stuck on for the long haul.
Example of my work:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/67596331/olive-and-mustard-frenchy-hair-clip
Can you recommend a glue that will permanently adhere fabric (I'm currently using felt) to metal? It needs to be as clean as possible, since these are being sold and need to look professional. I've used hot glue in the past, but it's so stringy and it ends up looking really crappy from the back.
Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011 07:47:24 AM »

Have you tried E6000?

What kind of hair pin are you using, a plain bobby pin?  I have found, at a local bead store, that there is a kind of bobby pin that has a flat metal piece on one of the bars of the pin, so that items can be mounted on it.  If you are not using those already, that may be helpful as it gives you more surface area to attach something.

I have also done some fabric hair ornaments using bobby pins - the ones I just mentioned, and used a heavier felt as a base.  Something I have also done to try to make them more durable and secure is to cut two slits into the felt to feed one bar of the bobby pin through, gluing it on the backside to the felt.  It looks neater as the glue is going to be sandwiched between the felt pad, and the ornament on top, and seems more secure.

Here is the backside of one I did recently in case I was not clear in describing it.



It is hard to see, but because the one bar is passed through the two slits in the felt, the pressure of the pin secures the felt on one side, and on the opposite side, where the ornament will sit, the other bar of the pin will be sandwiched between the felt and ornament, with glue securing it all.
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011 08:52:32 AM »

Thanks! I tried some E6000 but it didn't set up correctly. Perhaps I need to clamp it and let it sit for a few hours.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2011 01:26:13 PM »

http://swinginmartinisdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/02/flower-power-2.html

Here are some flowers I made using bobby pins and other clips...
I used to use E-6000 but it takes FOREVER to dry...You really have to hold the flower on the clip for a while...like 5-10 minutes...and I just am too impatient for that...

I started using this:
http://www.amazon.com/Liquid-Fusion-Clear-Urethane-Glue/dp/B001HO8EP6

that I got from Michaels.  You have to hold it in place for a minute or so, but it dries clear and isn't as messy as E-6000 - the whole metal tube thing was a bother - I would try to get a dab out and the tube would keep squeezing glue out...I'm sure I did it the hard way, but It wasn't my cup of tea...

Hot glue can definitely look messy, but if the clip doesn't have texture, the glue will pop right off...and if you sell at craft fairs in the spring/summer, I have had hot glue turn back to liquid and come apart as well...not awesome.

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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011 08:24:43 PM »

Thanks! I tried some E6000 but it didn't set up correctly. Perhaps I need to clamp it and let it sit for a few hours.

Yes, I let it set up for awhile. 

I also use Beacon 527 for some projects too - it dries pretty fast and is cured fully in 24 hours; preferred for two smooth/hard surfaces.  It is thinner than the E6000 though.

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