Glues and Adhesives

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Getting things to stick to other things can be on of the hardest parts of our jobs - and its usually before we get to paint it!

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  • Hide Glue
    • Often called Animal Glue, this was the glue of choice for Scenic Artists for many generations. Its uses are many; Sizing drops, Mixing with dry pigments to paint drops, Attach netting for cut drops, and using as base a layer for "Crackle Techniques"
    • An animal glue is an adhesive that is created by prolonged boiling of animal connective tissue. These protein colloid glues are formed through hydrolysis of the collagen from skins, bones, tendons, and other tissues, similar to gelatin. Stereotypically, the animal in question is a horse, however, other animals are also used, including rabbits and fish. [1]
    • Small bottles of Hide Glue can be purchased online or at your local hardware store, but since scenics tend to need to work with large amounts it is cheapest to order in granules and "cook it yourself"
    • How to Cook Animal Glue Please note - many scenics have spent hours lamenting about the smell of this process - although harmless, it is not pleasant.
  1. Pour a small amount of hide glue granules into a pot.
  2. Add enough water to barely cover the granules.
  3. In a few minutes the granules will "drink" the water.  Continue floating a little bit of water over the granules until they can drink no more.  NOTE: If you want thicker glue, only allow the granules to drink a couple of times before moving onto the next step.  A 1:1 ratio of granules to water will render a thick glue.
  4. Place pot over moderate heat, stirring often until the granules dissolve.  Cooked glue will spoil within a few days and should be used within 24 hours.
  5. Hurray, you made hide glue.  Heisenberg would be proud.

  • Flex Glue

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  • Spray Adhesives

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  • Contact Cements

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