Adhesive Advice Needed

by Melissa
(Dothan, AL)

A glue gun will work for gluing small pieces of paper to glass.

A glue gun will work for gluing small pieces of paper to glass.

I need to find an adhesive that will not blur the ink on copier paper, newspaper, etc. I will be using it to adhere paper to microscope glass, then put two pieces of glass together, cover edges with copper foil, and then solder the 2 pieces of glass together. Can you recommend a glue/adhesive that will work for me?

I would appreciate any help you could give.

Thanks, Melissa


Hi Melissa

Wow, that sounds like an interesting glass project you are making there. I have never personally tried a project such as you describe.

Do you have any spare slides that you could experiment with? It sounds as though you need a clear, very thin glue,, and preferably one that is archival so the quality of you paper will not be affected by the glue itself. I would try adhering the paper to the glass with an adhesive you can apply thinly on to the glass that will then level itself off instead of drying with ridges, as that could cause the layers of glass to crack. However, adhering the sandwich together all at once may keep this from becoming a problem.

One glue I found that may be suitable is Super Glass Glue, which is used to attach items to windows and mirrors. I found some advertised here but you can probably find it at your local hardware store. Read the label carefully as I could not find our whether it was archival for you by reading the web information about it only.

Somewhere else I found they were recommending that people use duco cement to glue glass and small pieces of paper together. Use it thinly. You can find it at a hardware store too.

Another person I found uses spray glue (3M super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive) for larger pieces of paper and glass. She said it worked perfectly (even, full coverage, can't see any traces of glue on window). All you do is spray it on the paper and stick it directly to the glass.

When you use newsprint and copier paper, do be aware that both contain lignin in significant quantities and this lignin will turn the paper yellow and brittle over time, especially when the paper is exposed to sunlight.

Please let me know how you get on with your project. I'd love to see what you are making when you are finished.

Happy crafting!

PS: I have plenty of information about papercrafting adhesives on if you are planning a card, scrapbook or off-the-page project.

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