I would like to stick a bunch of cabs to a piece of heavy paper so
students can get a look and choose one for a project. Is there
something better than double-stick tape for this? I want them to be
able to take them off, change their minds, and put them back, a few
times, because they nearly always do change their minds. I know
lapidaries do this all the time, I was just never paying attention to
what was holding the stones… always too busy taking them off,
changing my mind, and putting them back, a few times.
I was in Tucson for the gem show, and one stone cutter used velcro.
He stuck little velcro stickers on the back of his cabs. These cabs
could then stick to a larger black velcro pad that he had propped up
on the wall. This made it very easy to take a closer look at the
stone, and also see the price on the back! Very clever. I don’t know
how expensive or inexpensive this would be…
Micromounters use Mineral Tack to mount specimens in plastic boxes.
Looks like plasticine but is sticky. A similar product is used to
mount posters on walls. Should be available in hardware stores but
is probably a bit oilier than the Mineral Tack available from Michael
Shannon of Shannon and Sons under the name Geo-Tack.It is available
in grey and blue. I call the blue stuff “Smurf Poo” as it sits in a
fetching little pile on a corner of Bill’s microscope!
I’ve seen lots of cab dealers use small dots of Velcro. One on the
cab the mate on the card stock. Do a search on “Velcro dots” on the
web and you will find lots of places selling them. They might be sold
at office supply box stores…
The (blue?) poster tack used to “hang” posters on walls would
probably work if the stones aren’t too heavy. Usually found with
school or office supplies. Another solution I’ve seen in Tucson
involves a small self-adhesive strip of velcro hooks on the back of
the stones and a pile or wool or nubby fabric on a board /
Try using strips of velcro with velcro dots. You could cut the dots
in half or quarters to attach to the stones; that would keep the cost
down. White would show them off better. Then just stick the stones
onto the velcro strips.
Noel, try the 3M velcro-style picture hanging tabs. You put one
piece on the board and the other piece on the back of the cab. Once
the cab is chosen, the tab is easily removed by pulling, no sticky
residue. This is easier clean up than traditional sticky-backed
velcro, which would probably require something like Goo Gone to
remove adhesive residue.
Noel - have you checked at the scrapbooking places - they have spray
glue that allows you to reposition things even after they’ve been
stuck down. Maybe something they have would work for the stones. Just
a thought. And what about some of the Putty like stuff - they use it
to steady things in earthquake prone areas - museum wax or whatever
they call it. Must be something out there to use.
How would the old paper cement work? Not the glue stick, but the
stinky stuff used to paste patterns on metal. 'Course you probably
wouldn’t be able to reattach them, but one time off…have the little
can ready for next application!!!
Also, you can get magnet strips for making the Magnets for the
Refrig, and put them on a metal item. They already have adhesive on
them - just peal off the backing after cutting little pieces to fit
the back of the stone - put them on big cookie sheets and you have
Wow - took some real thinking to get the last sentence out = must be
the fact I can’t sleep and there’s a bright moon! HAHA
You could try hook-and-loop (“Velcro”) tape. It comes in strips,
tabs, dots, and a few other shapes (or you can cut to size). I’ve
seen it at fabric stores, hobby shops, and even in supermarkets. Get
the kind with the pre-glued back - it’s a “cinch” to use, just peel