Gluing Tips and Tricks

Mon, 21 Oct 2013

Printing your projects out on high quality gloss board certainly does make them look great!

The problem is that the gloss surface is waterproof so water based glues such as PVA have a hard time sticking your models together. This was the problem I faced making models at Iggesund printed on their high quality Incada board. 

One solution is to give the glue plenty of time to dry, clothes pegs help by keeping everything in place and applying a little pressure.

But for a quick result you can't beat double sided sticky tape. No mess, no fuss and instant gluing!

I've used 6mm wide tape here. This 50 metre roll will last me ages and was only a few pounds from our local craft supplier.

Line up a length across the glue area and trim it to size. 

Peel off the brown backing paper to reveal the second glued side of the tape.

Firmly rub the two pieces to be joined together sandwiching the double sided tape in the middle and making a surprisingly strong bond. 

Repeat with all the other joints. You can even use the double sided tape to glue on accessories such as arms and eyes.


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Comments (3)

  • hugo leandro October 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Nice hint, Rob. Sometimes

    Nice hint, Rob. Sometimes simple resources is all that we need. I'm sure with this hint I can improve making automata. I loved this.

    Thanks Hugo, I’m glad it was useful. – RI

  • Megan October 22, 2013 at 12:39 am

    The double-sided tape is a

    The double-sided tape is a great idea for kids. When we made pumpkins in craft at school (the photo was blurred and no one realised until AFTER the children took them home – doh), waiting for the glue to dry was a real issue. The tape would have solved the problem and dramatically reduced the mess.

    As to pegs, I would be inclined to put a piece of scrap card either side between peg and model to prevent marking, but that's just me.

  • Shelley Noble October 22, 2013 at 5:38 am

    So glad you addressed this,

    So glad you addressed this, Rob. I'll be sure to get some tape for my Rob Ives model loving husband!

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