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February 11, 2007

Adhesives for album binding

Filed under: Uncategorized — jackie @ 9:27 am

Alot of folks have been asking about adhesives for flush mount album binding lately.

For binding photographs together I suggest using a “dry” adhesive. Wet adhesives such as PVA may cause warping when glueing the photographic prints together. I use several different adhesives depending on the size of the book that I am making. For larger books I use 3M Positional adhesive from Framingsupplies.com. They seem to have the best price and selection of roll sizes. The 3M comes in rolls of varying widths and it is find it fairly easy to use. It is also permanent once you’ve applied some pressure to it. If you can’t find it in art or craft supply stores try framers supply stores. Here is a link to the 3M website in case you have a hard time finding it in your area. For small book projects I sometimes use a Xyron machine. These can be found at craft or scrapbooking stores. If you have a Michaels or AC Moore near you try to get hold of a 40% off coupon before you go and save yourself a bunch of money on the 9″ machine. I do find the adhesive from the Xyron can be a bit fiddley as it has a tendancy to make the book edges really sticky if not trimmed well.

Another solution is to use a spray adhesive such as 3M Photo Mount Spray Adhesive. Be careful about getting the spray adhesives designed for crafts. They do not hold very well. When using spray adhesives it’s best to use them outside or in a well ventilated area. Wearing a mask while spraying is essential.

Recently, in my quest to find useable adhesives, I came upon a product called Crescent Solutions Perfect Mount Film in the framing department of our local Jerry’s Artarama. It’s a double sided acid free adhesive film. I recently tried this film and find that it holds well and is easier to work with than the 3M adhesive as you can precut the sheets to size before applying them to the prints. The only issue I see with it is that it only comes in 5 packs of print sizes such as 8×10, 11×14, 16×20, etc. I bought the 16×20 and cut the sheets down to 8×10 size. It is a little pricey at $18 per pack of 16×20.

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