I have tried 3 different water soluble glues now and none of them
will bond the paper onto the metal so the pattern doesn't lift
while I am piercing it out. Does anyone have a glue to suggest
that works for them?
I like to use a “UHU stic” glue stick, which is available at many
art supply and stationary stores in Western Canada. I use tracing
paper, both for its design layout advantages, and because I have
found that when properly applied, the tracing paper will not lift
even during extended piercing. It is important to use a black, fine
tip waterproof pigment or archival liner pen, such as that made by
Staedler, to ensure that the ink will not smear when the glue
permeates the tracing paper. Apply the glue stick liberally to
clean, grease-free gold or silver sheet, and to the back of the
tracing paper upon which you have drawn your design.Care must be
taken at this stage, due to the fragility of the tracing paper. It
helps to use card stock as a surface upon which to apply the glue to
the back of the tracing paper, so that you can cover the entire
surface, including the edges, of the tracing paper with the
glue.Wait a few seconds to allow the glue to become slightly tacky.
Then carefully apply the glue-covered side of the tracing paper to
the glue-covered surface of the metal. Ensure there are no gaps or
wrinkles. Gently press the tracing paper to the metal with your
fingertips. Next use a perfectly smooth, hard object, such as the
bottom of a drinking glass, a printer’s brayer, or a mirror-polished
burnisher to gently and thoroughly “burnish” the paper to the metal.
Be sure to burnish down the edges of the paper. The burnishing
creates a strong bond. Wait a couple of minutes for the glue to dry,
then pierce.After piercing, I remove the remnants of the tracing
paper & glue with a citrus cleaner. (If you can’t find a citrus
cleaner at a local hardware store, use Google to search Canadian
pages for “citrus cleaner,” to locate a nearby supplier.) I have
never had the tracing paper lift from the metal using this method.
Usual disclaimers concerning the products suggested.
Anne M. Kelly