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Unread 07-30-2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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Hot glue with leather?

I'm in need of help. I'm making some wolf ears for my friend's cosplay. I bought rabbit pelts because that is what he wanted it made out of. I'm also making another pair, identical, but with a different red neon fabric. I'm using a 'sandwich' of fabric, interfacing, fabric. I'm folding the interfacing to make the basic shape, and then covering it with fabric. For the first pair I used hot glue to bind the fabric with the interfacing. It worked really well. I'm also using the same interfacing with the two ears. How do I attach this leather pelt to my interfacing? Can I use the hot glue?
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:24 AM   #2
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I don't see why not... However it may show through the leather. I'd rather use a cement glue.

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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:41 AM   #3
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What kind of cement glue would you recommend?
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standard rubber cement is typically used in a lot of leather crafting. The kind you get at a school or office supply store, maybe even your local grocery if they have a well stocked office supply aisle.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 03:33 PM   #5
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For an application like this, it probably won't see all that much wear, so yeah, rubber cement should work just fine. However, many of the rubber cement brands (e.g. Elmer's) have reformulated in the past couple decaes, I believe largely to reduce instances of huffing, and to a lesser extent, to improve the ability to make temporary bonds. Industrial-type "contact cements" tend to work a bit better for permanent holds. It's sold in the adhesive section of the hardware store.

In any case, the process is important. Brush the stuff on both surfaces, let the solvents flash off (dry) and them press the surfaces together firmly. The pressure ("contact") is what activates the chemical bond of the adhesive. When working with heavier leathers, it is common to hammer the surfaces together with a wooden or rawhide mallet.
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