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E-6000, My Favorite Adhesive
I love this adhesive! E-6000, made by Eclectic Products, is the best all-purpose glue I have found for making dolls, and so much more.
Let's face it, every once in a while, we all goof. This glue will be your best friend when you do. It is a multi-purpose, industrial strength adhesive that will work on almost any surface or material. What makes it even better than cyanoacrylate adhesives, such as "super glue", is that you won't glue your fingers together or to the item you are gluing. In addition, you have about 7 to 10 minutes to adjust the bond before it sets. Also, it cures with a flexible bond, which makes the bond more durable.
When you make reborn babies from a recycled doll, the doll may not have the necessary grooves in its body parts to attach them to a cloth body. No problem! When this happens, I put the zip tie through the channel in the body as normal, pull it tight enough to fit the vinyl part and glue it in place with E-6000. If you have made your seam allowance a little too narrow and the seam starts to separate while stuffing a cloth doll, a little dab of E-6000 will hold it together and prevent the seam from tearing or raveling.
After you have rooted hair into the head of your reborn baby, apply a layer of E-6000 to the entire inside of the head and the hair is now able to be gently styled without coming out. Sometimes that layer of E-6000 will also facilitate the rooting process by making it easier for the vinyl to "grab" the hair.
If this isn't enough to convince you that you need this adhesive in your doll making studio, it does a great job all around the house. I have re-attached the arm on one of my folding lawn chairs with it. The support pipe on my large awning over the front porch became dislodged from the masonry column. I applied E-6000 to the pipe end, inserted onto the hole in the masonry and supported it for about 20 minutes. Voila, awning fixed, and it even creates a water tight seal!
As with any chemical, use in a well ventilated area, because the fumes are rather strong. In my experience, the fumes don't last very long, 10 to 15 minutes at the most. The glue requires 24 hours to be fully cured, after which time, the surface can even be painted. It dries clear, so it tends to disappear.
I have tried other adhesives when I couldn't find E-6000, but nothing I've found works as well. It used to be easy to find in big box stores and do-it-yourself home centers, but lately I have only been able to find it online. It is definitely worth searching for or waiting to order it online.
Making and Dressing Cloth Dolls
Ebook with patterns and instructions to make 5 cloth dolls as well as chapters on general doll making techniques.The book includes 21 inch Lalena Doll, 21 inch David Doll, Bear Dolls, 9 inch Destiny Doll and 15 inch Annie Doll, all together in one handy book. 53 pages.Making and Dressing Cloth Dolls.
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