I must admit that I’ve had this product tucked away on the shelf for quite a while now, but haven’t been doing much polymer clay. Since I had to make some new samples for an upcoming class, I thought this would be a great time to crack it open and try it out.
Poly Bonder is manufactured by JHB International and is sold under the Lisa Pavelka Signature Series brand. (I’ll just say that from my experience, Lisa Pavelka has a high standard when if comes to clays, tools, foils, etc- if she puts her name on it, she really believes in it. It’s not just a vanity label.)
So what is Poly Bonder? Well, it’s a kind of high-temp superglue! It comes in a plastic bottle with a brush tip and you can brush it on just where you want it. It has a fast “grab” and because when you put something on it, it stays stuck! Here’s the description from the website:
|Lisa Pavelka Signature Series Poly Bonder is a high temperature craft adhesive that is designed to work perfectly with polymer clay craft projects.|
Poly Bonder Product Features:
I also must admit that I’ve never used a glue-type bonder for polymer clay. I’ve had a few experiences using liquid polymer clay to join unbaked clay to baked pieces, but I’ve been underwhelmed with that. The liquid clay stays fluid until fired, and so it didn’t hold things securely. As a result, the pieces I’ve made have been limited to what I can do before baking.
First things first- I opened it up and took a whiff. (Some folks are sensitive to smells, so I feel obligated to check it out.) It smells like the other cyanoacrylate glues I’ve use – sharp and pungent. But that was close up- when you hold it at a normal distance, it’s not bad at all.
Also good to note is that like other instant-bond glues, this is NOT for kids to use. It will instantly bond your skin to…well.. anything, so use caution. Keep it away from your eyes, mouth, dog, etc. Just sayin’.
My first go with Poly Bonder was applying some raw can slices to a baked bead that I made.
I added the “extras” and baked it. Now, it says right on the package that it will yellow. And I was sloppier than I thought, because this is what I got:
That’s the bottom of the bead and it won’t really show (much), but you’ll want to be aware and neater than me!
So…then I got crafty with some beads, and felt like adding some chatons that weren’t in the original design. I drilled a little divot with my Dremel, added a drop of Poly Binder, then popped in a Swarovski chaton:
I checked it the next day and even tried to pry it out with my finger- that sucker is staying put! Ooo! New design opportunities!
I started thinking about making a polymer clay- covered tin. One of the challenges can be getting the clay to stick to the metal. It really made working around the edges so much easier- the clay stuck down to the tin, letting me smooth and trim edges with out popping back up.
After I baked the base, I decided to add some trim using a raw cane I’d made. Again, I added some Poly Bonder and the clay stuck right in place so that I could bake it- no sagging or shifting!
Lastly, I embellished a little tin. I used Poly Binder to glue a crystal to cured embellishment-and then glued that to a tin that was covered in cured clayd. Again, the Poly Bonder acted as a super-glue and held it all fast.
Now let’s talk price. The suggested retail price is $5.49 USD for .17 ounces. This is a comparable price to other cyanoacrylate glues, and we know that this one is safe for polymer-clay curing temps. (It’s safe up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.)
I’d say this glue is a must if you are a polymer clay-er! I can use it like I would normal instant grab glues AND use it for polymer, too. It’s a two-fer, and in my book that’s a Craft-Tastic!!
I’m sure you are wondering where to get it- and Lisa tells me that it’s available at all Hobby Lobby stores and lots of Michael’s locations. Of course you can also get it directly from Lisa’s site, too.
Here’s a happy bonus: Lisa is offering a special discount to CTD readers! Just add code CTD2011 at checkout and you’ll save 15%! Happy Claying, y’all and a special thanks to Lisa!
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