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    Do you just use Aleen's to attach felt to the back of a portrait. Should you put something on top while it drying or is there a process to stretch it? I've made a bunch of items and am going to start finishing them soon. I just can't stop scrolling and hate to stop to sand & finish . Help me, I've become attached to my saw and can't get up.
    Harris

  • #2
    Originally posted by harrisg
    Help me, I've become attached to my saw and can't get up.
    Here's my tip: before you sit down to scroll, make sure you haven't placed your supply of Aleen's glue on your seat .

    Gill
    There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
    (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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    • #3
      And isn't it fun ==== lol. Best addiction I can think of .. but to your question heres my " thing" that i did- I used tacky glue-- worked good but I didn't want to wait for it to dry before I framed my project=so I tried spray adhesive- still okay -- but then I found brown board -- real cheap- like $6 a 4x8 sheet and spray paint. I cut the brown board the size of my work ,,sometimes a little larger even -- spray it the color of choice -sometimes I do mix and brush on but not often.. then I glue -using tacky glue to the back of my project,,, if I have to put it in a frame I cut the project using the glass of the frame as a guide- glue that where the glass would have been - then apply the painted brown board to the frame - then cut the backer board to fit the edges of my frame-- unfortunlly I don't have a miter saw and can't make frames so I buy them at just a dollar for a dollar- whish I could make them tho--
      this works very well - you have a much better looking project that is in a frame- granted some things arent meant to be framed.-- but I have a sheet of brown board I have used for everything from making a large work surface for my table to my saw to making mouse pads to place over a drawer on my desk to lower my mouse. and I still have tons of it left- not to mention i think I have "backed at least 50 portrates this way with it too.

      Sharon

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      • #4
        Where do you get the backer board.? Could you explain it a little more. Is it like regular brown corregated single ply cardboard? I have diiiferent colored framing matte board from my days of amature picture framing and I assume that these could be painted and used also. I'll try that tomorrow.

        A question about poster board that has been referred to in previous posts . Walmart, Michaels, The Dollar Store and other places carry posterboard but the product they carry is little more than a heavy paper. Is that what has actually been meant as posterboard.

        Sorry for all the questions about this but I'm trying to understand what's being used.

        Harris

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        • #5
          Don't worry about asking any question - I love to help where I can- I buy the brown board from Home Depot-- I found it there when I was buying my Baltic Birch Ply and thought it was cheap enough to give it a try and I love using it. +I wish I knew the prober name for it but I have already used the piece with the printing label on it- but it looks like a light brown- kind of like a 1/8 inch or so thick brown smoth on one side -rough on the other- has to be cut with a saw - but it does look like it is just sawdust glued together- and it probably is --- it looks like what they make peg board out of without the holes. it is very sturdy and great for a lot of things. now on the poster board it is just that --what we use to make posters out of when in school - I use it for support on my 1/4 in portrates that would tear out otherwise. I spary adheasive and use it when I use a spiral blade. It does a ood job for preventing split outs on the underside of my project. I only use it when I use spirals blades. some asked if it dulled my blades and I haven't seen that it does but even if it did it would be worth a extra blade not to have a piece break off that was important to the project- when the cuttings get to make the posterboard ragged and loose i keep it on with scotch tape- this help to keep the loose poster b from catching on the opening that is in the saw too.. hope this helped and feel free to ask anything-- that is how we learn and like i said - we all love to help
          Sharon

          Only dumb question is the one you are afraid to ask

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          • #6
            Sharon:

            Do you mean Masonite? Also Known as Hardboard?

            {Masonite is a Registered Trademark of a specific manufacture. Hardboard is the general useage product name. General public interchanges the names at will.}

            Phil

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            • #7
              It very well could be hardboard- seems it did have a m in the name- but that was so long ago that I bought it. I can't rember 15 minutes ago much less 6 months -lol
              Sharon

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              • #8
                I also think the "brown board" you refer to is "Masonite." It is available at most Home Depot and Lowe's stores nationwide (US) and is about 1/4" thick. However, the original question was about "attaching" felt to the back of a portriat. Gary Browning says that he always uses felt because he likes the look. I agree that it looks good, but you don't attach it to the back of the portrait, you attach it to the "front" of the backer board. I stretch mine around the backer and glue it on the back of the backer (say that five times fast) with hot glue. That way, if you should ever desire a change in background or framing, the felt isn't attached permanently to the work. Everyone does it differently.
                Moon
                Old Mooner

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                • #9
                  Harrisg, I agree with Old Mooner, you have to attach the felt to the backer such as poster board, mat board or I use 1/8" luan plywood. You can attach it with double sided tape or spray adhesive. Mick.
                  Mick, - Delta P-20

                  A smile is a small curve that straightens everything out.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gill
                    Here's my tip: before you sit down to scroll, make sure you haven't placed your supply of Aleen's glue on your seat .

                    Gill
                    I was just wondering Gill has that happened to you, and if it has how did you get lose

                    Bob
                    Delta P-20 & Q-3

                    I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!

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                    • #11
                      Bob, I'm the epitome of cleanliness and tidiness when it comes to my workshop. I've even trained the spiders to wipe all eight of their feet on the doormat before entering my abode. Never would I make such a fundamental mistake as sitting on some glue; how could the possibility even cross your mind?

                      I'm sorry I didn't have anything more constructive to add to this thread, but I've never used felt as a backer. I've used painted plywood and colored paper, though.

                      Gill

                      PS This post is not 100% truthful. I'll leave it to the discerning to judge which elements are fictitious.
                      There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
                      (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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                      • #12
                        Ah, Gill,
                        So you have used felt as a backer!
                        Sandy

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                        • #13
                          hummm- maybe it s the sitting on the glue part-- Gill just tell folks you wipe your fingers on your pants--lol

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