Sunday, January 13, 2008

Glue film from Streuter Tech

I just got the stuff and wanted to write some things down before I forget. When I opened it, I thought it would be thicker. It is pretty thin. The trick is to cut it slightly smaller or just about the size of what you want glued down. I might not use it for paper to paper adhesion when a glue stick might do. It does have its uses though.

The first thing I tried was adhering a piece of punchinella to a scrap piece of card stock. It worked fine. The punchinella stuck to the glue film and stayed on the card stock. A bit of it got hard because it got too hot. Punchinella will begin to melt when it gets heated too much. I always have trouble getting punchinella to stay flat on paper unless I put something on top of it. This stuf worked great on it. The only thing I did not like was that the glue film dried shiny - not matte. I am not sure if they could make a product which is matte. It does curl up a little when heated up.

I also did a little experiment with lace paper. I put the glue film underneath and then stacked some scrap pieces on top. The lace paper stuck to the paper background really well. The stacked glue film kinda smoothed out. I was hoping that it would not smooth out so much - that would make for some great texture. I could see adding a little paint to the glue film stack and then melting. There could be some great swirling and color in the otherwise clear glue film. Gotta try that now. I just did. I put a couple of drops of fluid acrylic on top of the layered glue. It did not spread out. It kinda clumped up. I had greater success when I used a brush and lightly brushed the area with paint.

When you first melt it, you need to sometimes hold it down for a few seconds while the glue cools. It cools pretty quickly and the object stays in place. I do think that it might slide or come up in that few seconds before it starts to cool. It might be something to use when you want to adhere a metal object to poly clay, it could go in the oven - watch for sliding though. I will also have to see how well it will hold a pin back on various things like chipboard, glass, art glass, UTEE. That is another possible application.

I layered some different weight paper and an image on the card stock with punchinella. I also put a piece of mica on top. This is a good glue for mica. It worked really well with it. If you are going to use this glue film for collage, then I would recommend you iron it with release paper in between. Use something to put pressure on your collage for a few seconds until it starts to cool so it will not come up. You can always heat and reposition an element if you don't like where it is. Put something hard underneath your collage so that you can put even pressure on the collage so your elements will be where you want them on your collage.

BTW, don't look at the composition. I was not thinking of that when I was experimenting. Another quick experiment, I tried a couple of layers of glue film with a pinback and art glass. The glue film stuck to the pinback (metal) but slid right off the art glass. It worked with UTEE and with a chipboard square. Interesting.

That is it for right now. I have to do some work for school now. I just finished making homemade chicken soup - which you can also use as chicken stock if you don't salt and pepper it. That is another post though.

You can request your own sample of glue film here:

1 comment:

Jan Scholl said...

what is punchinella and what would I use it for? where would I purchase it?