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24 September 2009

Artsy crafty type people - HELP! I need to affix these very thin stainless steel letters to a piece of paper (which will be framed). How?
Hot glue?
posted by MonkeyButter 24 September | 19:33
This to that suggests:
LePage's Metal Epoxy
J-B Weld
Faststeel Epoxy Putty if you have gaps to fill
posted by VeritableSaintOfBrevity 24 September | 19:40
My fiance, who is considerably craftier than I am, suggests Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent and Tombow Multi Liquid Glue (both of which she's used for scrapbooking) with heavy cardstock and metal letters, though she notes her letters are probably not as think as yours.

She also suggests you take a look at Tombow Mono Adhesive Power Bond.
posted by VeritableSaintOfBrevity 24 September | 19:49
And, to further dominate this thread, she just found Tombow MONO Metal liquid glue, which is designed for metal to paper bonding.
posted by VeritableSaintOfBrevity 24 September | 19:51
VeritableSaintofBrevity - can you ask your fiancee if it has to be cardstock or whether it would work with regular paper?

Thanks for the help!!
posted by desjardins 24 September | 19:52
Magnets behind the paper.
posted by Eideteker 24 September | 20:43
Avoid using silicone based glues as they tend to use acetic acid in the silicone which will destroy the paper over time.

Acrylic based glues will be archival, but I don't know how well they will work on metal.

I think your best bet is drymount tissue.
posted by plinth 24 September | 21:07
Cardstock will give a better result regardless of the bonding agent, as paper's bendiness will tend to make it all come apart.
posted by signal 24 September | 22:58
Blutac, the sticky chewing gum stuff that teachers use.
posted by Meatbomb 25 September | 08:03
Rubber cement works great. Cheap, too.
posted by theora55 25 September | 12:25
Rubber cement will disintegrate in a span of a few years. It is not archival (if that's important)
posted by plinth 25 September | 14:24
Magnets behind the letters is really a great idea. That's what I would well as archival safe acrylic glue. Card stock is also your best bet, regular paper will wrinkle from the weight.
posted by Dejah 25 September | 17:41
Stainless Steel is generally non-magnetic. Magnets might work if you could paint the backs with an acrylic paint loaded heavily with iron filings, but that opens the door to oxidation troubles.

I'd try 3M "Super 77" spray adhesive, which is not super-permanent but might be enough to hold under glass. Or try contact cement on both surfaces, applied with a roller. Remember that with any adhesive, impeccable surface cleanliness is 90% of the key to success.

Long-term, it might also help if you can laminate your paper to a foam-core backer, or otherwise add structural stiffening. You want the adhesive to be working against the shear forces of gravity, rather than against the peeling (shear + lift) of a non-planar backer.
posted by Triode 26 September | 20:01
In fact, if you could use foam-core in back, you could use 5-minute epoxy to glue some pins or brads perpendicularly to the backs of the letters, and just push them into the foam like very fancy thumbtacks. Pretty cake, BTW!
posted by Triode 26 September | 20:08
I talked with She Who is Crafty, and her opinion is that you should (if possible) stick with cardstock; it's less likely to wrinkle or tear under the weight of the metal, and will last longer, whereas regular paper will yellow and fade reasonably quickly.
posted by VeritableSaintOfBrevity 28 September | 09:08
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