[Clayart] Need an adhesive that will withstand a hot, dry climate

Snail Scott claywork at flying-snail.com
Tue Jul 25 11:05:11 EDT 2017

On Jul 24, 2017, at 6:44 PM, David Woof <woofpots at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Shoe goo…

Shoe Goo and its kindred (Goop, E-6000) are great for applications which 
need a bit of flex, as is their more distant cousin, silicone. I’ve used them for 
all sorts of things, including on materials that have some flex, and situations 
where flexibility between rigid materials is necessary. These can include 
installations where water might infiltrate the joint, freeze, and then expand,
joints between materials with dissimilar flexibility or differing rates of thermal 
expansion, or where a material (such as wood) might change dimensions 
over time for other reasons. Flexible plastics, rubber, leather, cloth, sheet 
metal: all these may need a flexible adhesive, depending on the project.

Although they generally do well on porous and nonporous materials, and 
on both rough and smooth surfaces, sanding smooth surfaces will always 
improve the bond. I still don’t care for them on small surface areas, though, 
or any application where a lot of leverage might be applied, or where a 
fully rigid joint is preferable.

When using these (or epoxy or superglue), have the appropriate solvent 
(usually acetone) on hand before beginning. You will need it if you get any 
on you, and also to clean up any overspill on the project, but you need to 
use it before the adhesive sets. After these glues have cured, they are 
tough to remove! Also, all of these adhesives require plenty of fresh, 
moving air, or else the fumes can really do you harm.


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