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adhering wood to clay

updated sun 28 nov 04

 

Sheryl VanVleck-Wells on sat 27 nov 04


Mark,

In my bad habit of skimming, I missed your original post so hope I can =
help.

One of the things I do is sculptural towers of animals. Even when I can =
create the whole tower in one piece, I have the mounted on a wooden base =
and I like a steel rod going up through the middle for total stability. =
My husband has found that using Bondo works best. Bondo is the filler =
they use for repairing dents and dings in a car. It adheres the mostly =
unglazed bottom of the sculpture to the wood and it is then pushed in =
the holes I make for the metal rod to go through. Occasionally it =
doesn't hold as well when a glazed piece has to be added to another =
glazed piece but the last time I trashed one of these sculptures, it =
sure held then. The nice thing is too that, my husband not being the =
neatest person in the world, if Bondo does squeeze through in a spot and =
I have not caught it, I can paint it to match whatever I need. Usually =
this happens at the juncture of the tower and the base so I just paint =
it with the same flat black I use on the base.
Sheryl
Sheryl A. VanVleck
VanVleck Studio
7873 N. Oak Ridge Road
Morgantown, IN 46410
www.VanVleckStudio.com

Warren Heintz on sat 27 nov 04


Hi,

I use "Liquid Nail" along with toggle bolts,for pieces on bases, when I can. But on occassion just the Liquid Nail. I have a friend that says that she has had problens with Liquid Nail mainly with pieces that are to go on boards and mounted on the wall,but she may not be allowing enough time for the glue to set. W.
Sheryl VanVleck-Wells > wrote:
Mark,

In my bad habit of skimming, I missed your original post so hope I can help.

One of the things I do is sculptural towers of animals. Even when I can create the whole tower in one piece, I have the mounted on a wooden base and I like a steel rod going up through the middle for total stability. My husband has found that using Bondo works best. Bondo is the filler they use for repairing dents and dings in a car. It adheres the mostly unglazed bottom of the sculpture to the wood and it is then pushed in the holes I make for the metal rod to go through. Occasionally it doesn't hold as well when a glazed piece has to be added to another glazed piece but the last time I trashed one of these sculptures, it sure held then. The nice thing is too that, my husband not being the neatest person in the world, if Bondo does squeeze through in a spot and I have not caught it, I can paint it to match whatever I need. Usually this happens at the juncture of the tower and the base so I just paint it with the same flat black I use on the base.
Sheryl
Sheryl A. VanVleck
VanVleck Studio
7873 N. Oak Ridge Road
Morgantown, IN 46410
www.VanVleckStudio.com

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