thinset stick-ability

ans_gardenDecember 3, 2009

Hi everybody! I haven't had a project in about 6 months, but a friend gave me a small broken china bowl and asked if I wanted to do 'something' with it. Using thinset, I glued a chunk of it onto a wood frame and now wonder how strong it is. You can barely see in the first photo that only the right and left edges are attached. The frame is primed with Kilz and is about 8" square. I will insert a mirror for hanging.

In the garden panel I did last year, I used thinset to attach beads, 1/2 clay pots, and glass globs but there was more surface area to work with. Here, I was only able to glue 2 thin edges. So, my question is, has anyone had good (or bad) experience with gluing or attaching objects that aren't flat?

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Hi, ANS: Thinset is a great adhesive. If your cup half doesn't adhere, since there is little surface in which to use thinset, you can also use GE II and use enough that it squishes up to fill the void places a bit. It is another good adhesive, but I've stopped using it except for rare objects, and always have plenty of ventilation. It is very toxic. You have a cute idea going, so good luck and keep us posted. Don't know what's happened to the forum - everyone seems very busy lately.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 5:23PM
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I did as you said with the thinset, squishing it up to fill voids where I could. Checking it today, it feels fairly firm, so I think it will be fine after all, especially as it's decorative & not functional.

I really like thinset & try to avoid the smelly adhesives too. I started wondering how people attach 'chunkier' pieces as I'd like to do more projects incorporating found objects. Does anyone use mesh somehow in combination with an adhesive for strength? Or has anyone had something fall off & know why?

Thanks Slow for responding. I'll keep working on this when I can but, unlike you, I am so slowwwwwww!

    Bookmark   December 4, 2009 at 10:48AM
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I have stuff fall off all the time, but it is usually because my clumsy seft bumped it. The thinset will hold great. A lot of times for outdoor work and on my backsplash I used Bond-O like body shops use. I got mine at an auto supply store and it sets up in 5 min and they you can not knock stuff off with a chisel. Good luck, great start

    Bookmark   December 4, 2009 at 11:43AM
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Thanks flagtruck! If I was going to keep it, I'd use this as a test project and wiggle it a bunch, but I'm giving this to my friend, so it'd be nice if it lasted a day or two :)
Here's the work from today; thought I'd try gluing a string of beads as a border for the mirror:

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 2:29PM
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Started background today:

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 3:51PM
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Beautiful work. Love the beads. Your Shamrocks are perfectly cut!!!

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 4:46PM
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