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      • Experience: 20+ years
      • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

      Dear comrades,

      Please post comments,  links or /or names/product numbers for the glues you use!

      As of date, Rosco Flexbond is hard to get, and I need a substitute for that workhorse, but also in particular for adding to (boxed Argo ) starch to size a translucency (it helps fill the soul-crushing f*ing pinholes formed in the loose weave).

      Has anybody used Rosebrand’s flexible glue for this?

      Do you have a source for other tested, non-theatrical liquid adhesives that dry clear and flexible and work well with fabric and are compatible with a variety of paints?

      Spill it!  (Please).

      Wishing you the temperature, humidity, materials, and personnel you need for whatever you’re working on–


      Indiana Rep, Indianapolis

       Nicole Deibert
        • Experience: 20+ years
        • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

        I’m commenting to follow this conversation. I needed a bunch of flex glue at the last minute and ended up finding some at a fabric store in wee quantities. There has to be another brand other than Rosco Flex glue…

         Nathalie Schlosser
          • Experience: 10-15 years
          • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

          Rosebrand’s “Robo Glue” is a good alternative at around half the price too.  I’ve never used it in sizing though, so I can’t comment on that.

           Jeffrey Cook
            • Experience: 20+ years
            • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

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            Hi All~ We are lucky to have access to a really good product in Seattle. A company called Atwood Adhesives makes several kinds of flexible glues. I was told that a former scenic in Seattle years ago had Atwood reverse engineer the formula for the original Phlex Glu (remember that one?) when it went out of production. Atwood Adhesives makes small batches in equipment decades old and is super cool to see. Anyways, the two products most useful are Atwood 1662 and 1668, and they are similar but I think one dries better than the other, I can’t quite recall. If you call them they can help you find the right product. Don Himes used to be our main man there, but not sure if he is still working there, I have not ordered it in a while. I assume they will ship. Their glues are made for the food industry and are really safe.

              • Experience: 20+ years
              • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

              Gratitude for the responders!

              UPDATE: Since I posted last, Jenny Knott visited Rosco and discovered they have a massive stockpile of of Flexbond, so if you want it, they probably have it (for the time-being).  Meanwhile, thanks to tips from Angelique Powers and Diane Fargo through the FB guild page, I have received a 5g pail of WBH 0401 from Applied Adhesives, a company that slurped up a lot of smaller adhesive companies (in case anyone’s wondering what happened to one they used to know).  We are testing it today for adhesive alone and as a starch additive.   The sad story behind that is that as we were putting the first starch/Flexbond coat on the front of the drop (already put 2 passes on the back), weird marks started appearing all over: lots of whitish spatter and puddle marks, (which in theory could have happened during of our process but I all the same doubt for many reasons)  and the kicker: multiple random repeats of an image, about 4-6″ high and wide, that looks like a Scout textbook drawing of a bowline knot made out of something a little thinner than standard tie-line.  Horrifying.   So, this is clearly an issue with the material, not the construction; we just got a sample from a new bale of muslin that the sales rep swears is both different than the previous one, and  from which the new drop will be cut and sewn.  However, we are going to test the starch with and with out this new flex glue in the mix and will report later in this thread and the starching thread in the soft goods topic.


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