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« Reply #370 on: September 28, 2011 07:26:25 PM »

Okay, anyone interested in using rubber cement... here's how to get a good bond.

I'm just going to glue two pieces of paper together but this will work to attach your wallpaper too.



When you unscrew the lid you will very likely find a brush built into the lid. The cement itself is goopy, slimeish and smells. If you've got a small area to fill use the built in brush and paint the entire area to be glued with an even thinnish layer. Make sure you go all the way to the edge or even a bit beyond, for a perfect bond.



Now, you also need to cover the area that you going to attach the paper to. If the area that you are covering is large, pour some of the rubber cement in the middle and use an old plastic card to spread it around in a thin even layer. If your cement is getting too gummy you might want to thin it out with some rubber cement thinner. Thinning gives it a much better viscosity when working with large areas and makes the cement a bit less goopish. Again, for a perfect seal go all the way to the edge.



Let the two sides almost dry, then carefully put them together. A good idea is to sort of line up one edge then 'roll' the rest of the page down to avoid trapping air.



You can also lay a piece of paper between the two cemented layers until you have everything lined up. Rubber cement sticks to itself, so you should be able to slide out the middle paper when you have everything lined up. If it's not exactly where you want it, you can unstick it and try again so long as the cement is not completely dry. When you have everything just so, smooth out the paper to remove any air pockets.



When your project is dry (it shouldn't take too long) take your finger (or a rubber cement eraser) and rub the areas where the rubber cement went 'out of the lines'. You will find that it will ball up and rub right off! Pretty neat eh? Best of all you have a pretty perfect bond and very little after mess.





Rubber cement may stain some papers... so check a small area first to see if it leaves a trace. This stuff is the absolute best for getting a nice, tight, flat bond with no wrinkles.
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« Reply #371 on: September 29, 2011 04:38:01 AM »

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this, Knickertwist!  That was very sweet of you.   Smiley  And I love that paper!
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« Reply #372 on: September 29, 2011 05:50:27 AM »

Ditto! Was just drooling over the (is it a wood cut?) image.
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« Reply #373 on: September 29, 2011 06:43:17 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial! Using an old gift card is a good idea to spread the glue evenly!  Definitely will use your tips...

Also, thanks for the tip on gluing down my rocks...my house is getting heavier each day! Cheesy

I plastered the downstairs ceiling and added beams...I also figured out how to do a spiral staircase thanks to the help of my hubby!  I am going to use the treads that came with the kit so I think I have just enough!

I will take some more progress pics---because I love pictures...please post progress pics, everyone!  They are motivating!! Cheesy
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« Reply #374 on: September 29, 2011 09:28:12 AM »

Ooh, I can't wait to see how you do the spiral staircase. I've been wanting to do one forever, but Holy MacKenzie, what a pain in the arse. It's the math that gets me. It took me forever to get the formula right for dormers. There was much hair pulling and groaning.  Cheesy
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« Reply #375 on: September 29, 2011 11:08:55 AM »

I got over my paralysis/fear of messing up my interiors and just dove right in.  Here's the first view of my floors and walls. I'm not done fussing with it, please ignore the fact that it's not really assembled.   



The bottom right is going to be a tea shop. Next to it will be a little autumn themed tea room.  Upstairs on the right is a sunny waiting room/parlor.  The large upstairs room on the left is going to be a tea reading and tarot room.  This is too much fun, thanks so much for starting this, Knickertwist!
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« Reply #376 on: September 29, 2011 11:47:05 AM »

I love it, MissingWillow!  What a great idea to do shops....love the parlour wallpaper!

Tiny tea is all I can think about now...Cheesy

I went to the hobby store today and picked up a few things...mostly supplies, but I could not resist buying some glass tiles...I wanted to gather acorns tonight but it is too wet...

cackle...I hope the staircase turns out...much of the time I spent was doing the math! Grin  and figuring out the railing...It will be my big project this evening (it also helps that hubs is an architect...)
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« Reply #377 on: September 29, 2011 12:12:46 PM »

LOVE the sunny parlor Missing Willow!
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« Reply #378 on: September 29, 2011 01:49:21 PM »

Wow, MW, it looks fantastic! I love how you chose to position the paper up in the upstairs parlor, it's really pretty. Can't wait to see your tea room take shape.
alwaysinmyroom, you are lucky you have a consultant! I'm looking forward to seeing how you did it.  Cheesy
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« Reply #379 on: September 29, 2011 05:12:22 PM »

Tiny tea is all I can think about now too, alwaysinmyroom!  Thanks so much for the feedback, guys.  I'm not looking forward to roofing.  No clue what I'll do there yet. I hate the fake shingles it comes stamped with. 
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