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« on: May 03, 2004 11:16:28 PM »

I think duct tape is awesome. I love the fact that you can make all kinds of cool and stylish bags and wallets and whatnot just from a roll of the stuff.

What I don't love is that when I first make myself a cool little wallet, everything seems fine, but then after a few weeks (sometimes even days), the edges of the tape get all gross, and I then have dirty, grimy lines all over my poor wallet. Said dirt and grime then proceeds to get all over my money, credit cards, etc., and soon I am forced to trash the sticky mess of a wallet. That makes me sad.

So I wonder if any of you more experienced tape bag/wallet makers have any tricks of the trade or secret magic spells for preventing this tragedy from befalling your creations (which, by the way, always blow my mind when I look at the posts in this section), and if you would mind sharing said tricks with me, who just wants her wallet to stop destroying her driver's license. Any suggestions at all would be great.

Thanks so much!

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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2004 11:28:07 PM »

Ugh - I hate that! I just made a duct tape CD holder and it already has cat hair all over the edges.

I don't know for sure any solutions, but I wonder if putting sealer on it would work? I have this decoupage sealant stuff...I'll let you know how that turns out.

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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2004 01:08:42 PM »

maybe cover it with clear packing tape? since it's much thinner, I don't think stuff sticks to it in the same way.

« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2004 08:04:21 PM »

I dunno. It couldbe the brand your using, I dunno. My favorite is Duck brand. It's cheapest and highest quality.
But the packing tape, in my experience doesnt sound like it would work. Sometimes with packing tape it begins to peel up and get all nasty as well  Embarrassed

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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2004 03:15:36 PM »

well, if i'm making my own wallet or something, i usually line the credit card and ID slots with contact paper (that clear stuff you use to protect shelves)(available at home improvement stores). Its really clear after you wear it in, and it keeps out the sticky.  Wink
I also try to keep my wallet out of hot places or areas with lots of little 'stickable' things around. Just avoiding those will prolong the life of your sticky accessory.
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2004 09:22:35 AM »

you might wanna try 3m brand. it's pretty expensive, but it's super strong and it looks really nice. i've had my current wallet for a few months now and it's doing fine in the fuzzy/sticky department. although i never wear it in my pocket, i just stick it in my bag. i noticed that on my old ones if i wore them all the time they would get really sticky. and i've used clear packing tape to cover a picture from a magazine (or whatever you want) and it never peels or gets sticky or anything. oh and practice helps. the more of these i make the more i know how to have fewer seams. fewer seams=less sticky fuzzy goo

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