Adhering a Fused Glass Cabochon to a Purse Hanger Finding Using No Days BailBond
No Days BailBond is versatile and works well with a number of different findings. For this video, I’ll demonstrate how easy it is to use BailBond to attach a cabochon to a purse hanger finding.
Adhering the cabochon to finding
Begin by placing a strip of adhesive that’s about the same size as the length of your fused glass (or other heatproof material) cabochon on to your purse hanger finding. Don’t worry about getting too exact. If you use too much adhesive, you’ll be able to clean it up easily. The more you use No Days BailBond, the better you’ll get at figuring out how much or how little adhesive to use.
I’m using the heat gun available from Streuter Technologies to heat this piece. Begin heating on low, about 6-8 inches away from the cabochon and finding. Because the finding is a thicker piece of metal, it will take a bit longer to heat it. You can gradually move the heat gun closer to the piece as it starts to warm up. Using a pair of tweezers, you can test the cabochon occasionally. At first, you’ll feel that the cabochon kind of skids across the surface of your finding. The adhesive has not yet gripped both the cabochon and the finding until you feel the cabochon glide. You’ll be able to feel the difference as you’re heating.
The more you use the No Days BailBond, the easier it is to recognize when the Bailbond has adhered.
Cleaning Up Extra Adhesive
You can remove any extra adhesive that has leaked out from under the edges of your cabochon while it’s still warm. However, it’s easiest to wait for your cabochon to cool a bit before you try to clean up the adhesive. You can then heat just the excess adhesive and scrape it off with a toothpick. This ensures that your cabochon doesn’t slide out of place. Clean up any extra waxy residue with a cotton swab and mineral spirits.
Purse Hanger Removal and Clean Up with Mineral Spirits
When reworking BailBond on a larger piece, like a purse hanger, you’ll need to heat for a bit longer because of the added thickness of the metal finding. Start with the heat gun about 10 inches away, and move closer as the piece gradually heats. Continue to heat the finding and the cabochon until you can slide the cabochon off. Remove most of adhesive while hot, in its liquid state. If you were to try and remove the excess adhesive with a razor, you would end up scratching your metal finding.
After wiping the adhesive away, there may be a slight waxy residue that can be easily removed by using mineral spirits and and old t-shirt, cotton ball or cotton swab.
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