Weldbond : Crafts, Hobbies, & Mosaics

When a glue gun won't do the job, reach for Weldbond.

Take a look at the advantages of using Weldbond for YOUR craft or hobby:Framing: Use up scraps and make your own beautiful picture frames with Weldbond. It's easy to do without clamping (as long as wood is not warped). Back-up nailing is unnecessary for average-sized frames. Heavier frames should be reinforced with nails.

Mosaics: Weldbond is preferred by professional mosaicists around the world. It is an ideal adhesive for all types of mosaic projects using glass, ceramic, plastic, and other types of tiles. It works best when adhering tiles to a porous surface. When bonding glass tiles to a glass surface, use Weldbond sparingly if you require a crystal-clear bond. Any whiteness indicates the curing process is not complete. For a complete source of mosaic supplies including Weldbond visit MonsterMosaics.com.

Jewelry making: Weldbond bonds semi-precious and precious stones to chromed or brass surfaces. Bonds most plastics too; some experimenting required due to the variances in plastics. Metal surfaces must be cleaned with a quality solvent and sanded first. Fill uneven surfaces before bonding. Leave all newly bonded jewelry for 24 to 48 hours before applying any load to the bonded surface. Remember with Weldbond, the longer it sets, the stronger it gets.

Suede & leather craft: Check suede surfaces for porosity. This can be done easily by sprinkling the surface with a small amount of water. If it is quickly absorbed, the surface should be sealed before bonding. Use a mixture of 1 part Weldbond and 5 parts water as a sealer and allow to dry. Use concentrated Weldbond to glue the two surfaces together. A glue joint and leather that's been bonded with Weldbond can be flexed without worry of cracking the adhesive. Weldbond reflects the colour of the materials being bonded. To make a positive leather bond, remove any waxy finish from leather first. If bonding metal finishing parts or decorations to leather, rough up the backs of these parts with fine emery paper and clean with solvent before bonding. Seal any porous surfaces first.

Glass and marble craft: Weldbond will bond marble, glass and metals. The metal must be chemically cleaned with solvent prior to gluing. Then rough up the surface with fine emery paper. Glass and marble must be completely clean. If possible, the marble surface to be bonded should also be slightly roughened with emery cloth. This will give it additional grabbing power, particularly if a large area is going to be bonded. We recommend you apply a thin coat of Weldbond to both surfaces and allow them to become slightly transparent before bringing together— no more than 3 to 4 mins.

Ceramics: The glazed surface of ceramics can be most difficult to bond, particularly if you wish to bond glass pieces to ceramic work. Weldbond solves this problem and gives you a crystal-clear flexible bond. Use the mixture of 1 part Weldbond, 5 parts water as a sealer or primer for biskware before finishing with stain or attaching flowers and other decoration to ceramic work. Use Weldbond concentrate as the gluing agent.

Foam plastics: Don't worry about Weldbond dissolving foam plastics or expanded polystyrene. It works well on both products, leaving them intact. Just bring surfaces together after Weldbond becomes tacky and slightly transparent.

Decoupage: Use Weldbond concentrated, straight from the container. When your project is complete, cover your work with as many coats of the following mixture: 1 part Weldbond diluted with 3 parts water. Use as many coats as you feel necessary. Let dry completely between each one. Experiment with small amounts of water-soluble stain in the WELDOND solution to achieve an antique effect.

Model building: Weldbond gives a flexible joint— there's no danger of cracking or breaking. And with Weldbond, there's no concern of fumes or flammability when working in an enclosed area or if the possibility of smoking exists. Non-toxic, Weldbond works fast to give you the strength you need without clamping. Glue joints will practically disappear; any excess can be wiped off with a wet cloth up to 20 minutes after application. Weldbond can be used for the shaping and bonding of model ship hulls as long as the hull is properly coated with paint or varnish before being emersed in water. Just mix Weldbond with a little talcum powder to accomplish any model-filling task. To give balsa more strength, coat it with 1 part Weldbond, 5 parts water. This mixture is much more economical than craft dope or other finishes. A further saving can be achieved by cutting Weldbond 100% with water for fine balsa joints and mounting paper skin to model aircraft. The paper soaked in the 50/50 mixture will hug the frame tightly. Weldbond is also resistant to all oil and model aircraft fuels.

Plaster moulding: Strengthen plaster casting and reduce broken corners and crazed areas. Try a mix of 2 to 3 parts water and 1 part Weldbond. To make a plaster adhesive, mix 1 part water to 1 part Weldbond and add to plaster. Looking for an excellent primer and sealer for your plaster work? Mix 1 part Weldbond with 5 parts water. After the plaster has been sealed, it can be glued to almost any type of surface.

Decal and print lifting work: Use Weldbond for decal work and to lift prints from magazines, books or posters (Weldbond does not work on photographs). Lifted prints and decals can be bonded to many surfaces including canvas, glass, wood, ceramic and metal. Try experimenting with other materials, too. To lift prints, prepare a mixture of 3 parts Weldbond, 1 part water. Apply roughly 8 coats of this mixture to the print to be lifted (allow 15-20 minutes drying time between coats). Set project aside for about 24 hours. When Weldbond looks crystal clear, soak the print in lukewarm water until the paper backing is properly wetted down. The paper should peel off easily. If not, simply resoak each layer. The print will turn milky- don't worry. This will turn clear when dry. When print is completely dry, protect the ink on the print by applying 1-2 coats of same Weldbond mixture to the print back. When perfectly dry, apply the prints to your desired surface by using a thin coat of concentrated Weldbond.

Other craft projects: You name it, Weldbond can glue it. Use Weldbond on any art foam, velvet, beaded ornaments, bridal effects, burlap, cardboard projects, collages and drapery trims. Also gives great results in costume making, dried flower arranging, papier-mâché, macrame. Also works wonders to repair books.