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Old 05-21-2021, 12:47 PM   #1  
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Default Metal Steampunk Gears

So I bought a bag of fun gears and now I am wondering if I can even use them on greeting cards. How would you adhere them? Hot glue or a stronger regular glue? Looking for advice from someone who may have used these as Embellishments. Thank you.
Tried to add a picture but it just would not load. The metal gears are 1/2 inch to 1 inch in diameter.
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Old 05-22-2021, 12:27 AM   #2  
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An adhesive like Glossy Accents should do the trick. I’m sure hot glue would work too but you might have a harder job getting little enough of it on there not to blob out unattractively round the gears. I’m guessing they’re quite flat so they shouldn’t be too heavy. I think you need to have made 10 posts before you can attach a picture - if you make a few gallery comments those count so you could easily get to 10 and then try again with the picture if you want to!

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Maybe some E6000 would work.
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E6000 would be my choice too. Just be sure to use it in a well-ventilated area because of the fumes.
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red liner tape or glue dots
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E6000 (stinky tube version) holds most everything. But don't bother with the spray adhesive odor-free version of this product. It didn't hold some light weight embellishments I tried with it. Very disappointing as I hate the smell of E6000.
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Crafter's Pick - The Ultimate is perfect gluing metal (& other materials) to cards. It is non-toxic and dries matte. It's widely available, I usually get it at Scrapbook.com: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/h-c6...cid=51k5_vwyzb
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Depending on the thickness of the gears, I often use my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (the mini stapler) to attach things like this. Though I also have dies that are gears/sprocket shapes and these are thin enough for the stapler to hold. I just colour them with inks and use a metallic wax over the top to replicate a metal look. I also colour my staples before putting them in the stapler so they will either match or contrast with the card. You can use either a permanent marker or Copic or similar markers to colour the staples.
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I do steampuck cards with metal gears. The best is a hot glue gun and occasionally, the very small gears will stay in tack with a special tacky glue like Beacon 3n1 Advanced glue. Make sure your hot glue is very liquid and hot and don't let the hot glue dry for a second before putting it on the cardstock. If it does, you can easily take off the hot glue with your fingers or a hot embossing gun for embossing if you need to do it again.
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Thanks, that is a creative idea. I have a mini stapler myself with mini colored Staples. But I'm still researching.
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Thanks I just tested one of the gears on cardstock using Aleene's clear gel tacky glue. It stuck pretty well but I was able to pull it off after it dried about an hour. Perhaps it would stay on the card long enough to enjoy.
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I'd sew the gears on, or even wire them. You could use interesting thread/wire in keeping with the steampunk style.
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Hi there! I've had good luck attaching Tim Holtz metal gears with red liner tape. Good luck!
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