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Unread 02-03-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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Fabric glue as an alternative to using a hot glue gun

I'm making ninja sandals for my Temari cosplay using this tutorial https://sites.google.com/site/lizspa...sandaltutorial and I know it says they've used a cheap glue gun from Wal-Mart, but I live in the UK and there aren't any Wal-Marts, and I don't have a glue gun. So I was wondering if I could use fabric glue instead? You can see what I'd need it for in the tutorial, so would it be a suitable alternative?
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Unread 02-03-2012, 03:39 PM   #2
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Fabric glue probably isn't the best bet for holding fabric down to foam; you may want to take a look at your bottle or test yours somehow to see if it's even viable. Hot glue has a fairly fast dry time and sticks to a variety of different surfaces, which look like they matter for those shoes. Rather than fabric glue, consider finding some other faster-drying alternative that's good for both of your materials -- otherwise you have to sit there holding the two surfaces together for a while, or figure out some way to clamp them, and neither sounds particularly fun.

(I've never made those shoes, so take this with a grain of salt, but I have had to glue things together at odd angles and adhered foam and fabric, so yeah.)
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Unread 02-03-2012, 03:49 PM   #3
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You should be able to pick up a hot glue gun in Homebase/B&Q (somewhere like that) or in a craft store like Hobbycraft. They shouldn't be very expensive.

^homebase dsite, most of them are around the £10-20 mark, with the glue sticks being around £5-£10 depending on the make of them.
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Unread 02-03-2012, 03:51 PM   #4
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If you want to use a hot glue gun, you should be able to find them in just about any craft store. Wal Mart definitely isn't the only place that carries them; they just carry cheaper ones. I got a high-temp glue gun at a craft store for about $10, but even that was on the higher end. And if you do decide to get one, definitely get the high-temp. It will give you stronger results than the lower temp glue.
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Unread 02-03-2012, 09:03 PM   #5
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I used Fabri-Tac and made a pair of sandals using 8 pieces of Craft Foam, layered. Hot glue wouldn't do that. If you want a strong fabric glue, take that one. I also put a zipper on a leather coat with it so :T It only came off the day after the convention cuz I ripped it off.

However, I always have a problem with it collecting air and /blowing/ up (overflowing into a bubbly mess). The tips don't liek me or something.
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