Thinning Fabri-Tac

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Thinning Fabri-Tac

Postby Jules_NZ on Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:20 pm

I just found this information on Frabri-tac, and the line about thinning it intersted me. I have always found it too thick to work with, and I have seen others post as such

So I thought I would try this out on the doll I am about to wig today, and will let everyone know how it goes

HELPFUL HINTS
• Poke a hole in applicator tip with a large paper clip to release a more precise line of glue. To cover larger surfaces, snip tip near top.
• Apply a small amount of Vaseline to top of dispensing tip to reduce stringing.
• Always keep top covered to prevent evaporation. If red tip is lost, just cover the bottle opening with plastic wrap and replace cap to prevent glue from drying out.
• Thin with acetone. Do NOT use nail polisher remover as it may discolor glue.Add acetone drop by drop, stirring, until desired consistency is achieved.
• Never use fine furniture as a work surface even if protected as the acetone fumes will attack the finish.
• Make sure all work surfaces are properly covered when using.
• Pre-wash all fabrics to remove sizing before applying glue. Sizing prevents glue from thoroughly penetrating fibers. Some metallic threaded fabrics might require two washings.
• Not suitable for applying patches to fabrics as patches have a coating on back that prevents glue from absorbing into the fibers.
• Dry clean to remove glue from garments. Depending on fabric and how much glue was used, more than one cleaning may be necessary.
• Glue is designed to bond to the top fibers of the fabric and should not be "pushed" into the garment as stiffening will result.
• Flammable only when wet and should never be applied near an open flame. Once dried, there is no danger of flammability.
• Always use with proper ventilation.
• Not suitable for use on Hook & Loop, denier nylon, or very sheer and delicate fabrics where glue might soak through.
• Glue dries very fast. Work in small 1-3" areas to prevent glue from drying too rapidly.
• If glue separates after washing, garment was not properly pre-washed to remove sizing, glue was allowed to dry before adhering, surface did not allow glue to penetrate fibers.
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Re: Thinning Fabri-Tac

Postby PixieKnoll on Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:33 pm

Very good information, Jules. I had thought I read some place before that you could use acetone to "thin" out fabritac, but I have never tried it myself. Let us know how you make out with this.

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Re: Thinning Fabri-Tac

Postby Linda Ehrenfried on Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:03 pm

i tried adding acetone to fabric tac once and glitter. i put it in a syringe and made a huge mess, The glue was coming out fine until I hit the glitter. I pushed to hard trying to get the glitter to come out and completely covered my doll in glue and glitter. I will try this again without the glitter. It did make the glue thin enough to make very thin lines and it seemed to slow the drying time a hair. But once the glitter vomit happened I ended up dressing the little fairy and calling it a day. Great tips Jules, Thank you.
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Re: Thinning Fabri-Tac

Postby rosalin on Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:59 pm

I added acetone to thin my fabric-tac, after use left it (cap was on and sealed) for few days...acetone evaporated and it is now more thicker than ever.

Lesson : dont add acetone to whole bottle...lol...
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Re: Thinning Fabri-Tac

Postby Jules_NZ on Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:40 am

It certainly did help to thin down the Fabri-Tac
I put some into a cup and added the acetone, then spent a bit of time mixing till I got a thick gooey syrup
But the acetone does evaporate quite quickly so you cant muck around with it
And as Rosalin said, I wouldn't recommend adding it to the whole bottle

On the whole though it was sill very difficult to work with
And I think Tacky glue is much easier to work with, so I will only use Fabri-tac for material, and tacky glue for hair
At least I will know for sure if my tacky glue is strong enough when I test my doll I just wigged tomorrow morning
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Re: Thinning Fabri-Tac

Postby Maggie on Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:08 am

Great information Jules thank you. I will try the acetone as thinner and see.
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Re: Thinning Fabri-Tac

Postby phairee004 on Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:56 am

i love acetone! well not like love it like i want to marry it. but i use it for many OOPSIES that i have like paint and stuff.
i buy the kind you can find by the nail polish. i never really thought about using it to thin out the fabri-tac .
i use glass baby jars for anytime i use acetone. so i think it would survive in there.
i bought a lot of curved plastic irrigation syringes and i put the glue in there. i also use the syringes to push out all the bubbles in fimo gel when i try to do the eyes.

thanks so much for the great tips jules : )
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