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how to glue aluminum cans?

how do you glue flattened aluminum cans? I know how to flatten them, I use them for papercraft(you trace the pieces from paper onto the cans), but how can you glue them? i there any special glue that anyone knows of for this? please help.

duk2422 years ago
I had a go using about 5 different types of glues, including epoxy.
Epoxy works, but only if it's not going to flex at all, in the case of papercrafting with aluminium, it's not a great idea.
I ended up using Contact Cement, it went alright, and is quite nice for doing the papercrafty folds with, since you apply the glue, wait 20minutes then hold the fold shut for ~10 seconds and it's done.

Here's my full instructable about aluminium papercrafting :)
http://www.instructables.com/id/Papercraft-with-Aluminium-Cans/
the poodleo (author) 3 years ago
here is a linik. theree is a pic near the bottom of someone who traced the pieces on the flattened aluminum cans, then cut them and made the model with it.

http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/Aircraft/Vought-Corsair.html
Without knowing your application it is difficult to give definitive answers. I have used both JB Weld and 2 part epoxy on aluminum.
Vyger3 years ago
Double stick tape would work good so long as its not under a load. Tape sticks really good to aluminum and can flex with it. Most glues will pop off as soon as the surface flexes. If you need a little body to it there is also a thin foam double stick tape. It helps fill the gaps between the surfaces.
Kiteman3 years ago
If you get nice flat surfaces together, superglue (crazy glue, cyanoacrylate) should do the job, especially if there is no particular load on the joint.

Otherwise, try a dab of ordinary epoxy or hot-glue.