Flock a Figurine With Spray Adhesive




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Remember those tacky velvet statues from the 60s and 70s? Well, they weren't technically velvet, they were flocked! (And in my opinion, tacky in the best way :D) Flocking refers to the process of depositing teeny tiny fibers on to a surface to create smooth matte texture.

In this project we'll be using all-purpose spray adhesive, to transform a dingey figurine from the past into modern decor. A quick coat of paint and spray adhesive makes this project perfect for the weekend or weekday evening.

Spray glue is awesome because it dries so quickly and can be substituted for white glue, hot glue, tape, and other adhesives, just be sure that the adhesive you are using can be bonded to your project materials. Spray glue tacks quickly and forms strong bonds in very little time. Because you are spritzing a high-tack adhesive onto a surface, it has very little surface penetration. This characteristic makes it ideal for forming bonds with everything from paper, cardboard, fabric, and foam to plastic, metal, wood and much more. Some are fabric specific, rubber specific, or even temporary.

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Step 1: Materials

This can work with any figurine, or really anything I suppose, so use your imagination. I found this particular figurine in a box of things my mom had given me a few years ago - I had painted the dog at one of those Glaze-your-own ceramic shops in 1997, I was 10. It didn't really work in my current apartment, but I thought it would be fun to dress up this piece of history and turn it into a keepsake I still want to hold on to.

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Step 2: Flocking the Figure

Start by painting the figurine with acrylic paint. Depending on the surface material you are painting, you may need multiple coats of paint. Acrylic paint bonds really well to most surfaces, but especially clothes, so be sure to wear an apron or things you don't care too much about, just in case. Give the paint a full day to cure.

To prevent overspray going all over the place, it is smart to place the figurine in a box. I like to wear gloves while handling and moving pieces coated in spray adhesive, once it coats skin it can be really tricky to handle the project.

To avoid the flocking dust from sticking in awkward clumps, the mini strainer works like a flour sifter to distribute the flocking powder evenly across the surface of the figurine. Shake out a little bit at a time, and gently turn the figurine to coat the surface in velvety powder.

The spray adhesive you choose will specify how long it remains tacky for, in this case, the adhesive I was using would remain sticky for 30 minutes before it began to cure. The flocking dust is a little tricky to get into all the nooks and crannies of figurines, so the period of the cure time is actually very helpful.

Repeat until the figurine is flocked to your heart's content. Some figurines I've made needed just one coat, others needed two to three.

Let cure overnight and voila! I turned a relic from my personal history into some 60s inspired throwback decor. This technique works great with glitter too, but I recommend spraying a few coats of clear coat after you apply glitter to a surface with spray adhesive. This will prevent it flaking off when it comes into contact with other surfaces.

Enjoy your new fuzzy friend! Be sure to explore the Glue Class for oodles more inspiring easy DIY projects and tips.

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    Answer 1 year ago

    For screen printing on paper or fabric? I think you could run clear acrylic ink and then flock it afterward....

    Just a guess, but it would probably work!


    2 years ago

    GREAT instructable! Your directions are clear, and the
    accompanying photo's are clean, uncluttered, and well-staged. The links you've embedded are not only
    helpful instructions-wise - they keep your narrative tight and inviting to
    read. I’ve got a drawer I’ve been thinking
    about flocking, but stymied by what seemed like a project that would take me
    several hours and bad words. You’ve given me hope! Thanks!


    2 years ago

    A friend of mine had what would best be described as a sturdy cardboard tube with another one that fit comfortably, but snugly inside. Both the inner and outer tube were capped at one end. The outer tube was considered the top of the device and had a small hole centered on the face of its cap.

    You separated the pieces of tube, put the flocking dust into the bottom tube, slid this back into the top tube. You would then aim top tubes hole at the objected to be flocked, pulled the tubes apart - not enough to separate them - and the squished them back together somewhat quickly. The flocking would be (sorry - it was stupid enough to sound goofy so we used the term) "foofed" out and cover the item.

    This "Flocking Foofer" that was a genius idea as it covered things quite evenly, completely, and took little effort/time. The force of the air foofing out the flocking even got into the small nooks and crannies very well.

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    I saw those when I was shopping around for flocking material, but it was more then I wanted to spend. It seems like a worthwhile tool if you are going to really flock a lot of stuff.

    Annette MarieSaudreyobscura

    Reply 2 years ago

    thanks for demystifyingthis flocking thing? I see a lot of polymer clay artists flocking their minature pieces and wondered how., I haven't had much success creating anything worth showing yet . It's alchemy I'm sure?


    2 years ago

    This is great. I remember flocked things. I think hte first one was a bobble-head puppy figure. This would be a good 3D printer object finish treatment!!!!

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    omg, I never even thought of that. I hate seeing the z-axis resolution on prints and this would be a great way to hide it! I'll credit you if I ever post an i'ble about it :D


    2 years ago

    Could you just apply flocking while the acrylic paint is still wet?

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    I wouldn't trust the acrylic paint to stay wet enough to bond to the fibers, but it could be worth a shot if you put on a heavy coat of paint.