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Best glue for fixing yarn to a balloon? Answered

I want to securely attach yarn to a latex balloon (stretched but not fully inflated). Ideally I'd soak the yarn in the glue. Suggestions?

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audreyobscura

Best Answer 2 years ago

Hmm - how rigid do you want it to be? For something semi-flexible, I think your best bet is to use a heavy worsted acrylic yarn and slightly thinned Titebond II, or PVA book glue used straight from the bottle. Soak the fiber completely in adhesive, wring it out (somehow? maybe make a little roller squeegee?) so that you don't have to wait forever for it to cure.

Since you're at the pier and have access to lasers, I would maybe construct a little glue 'inking well' that you can pass yarn through as you go. Like a glue gun that you can feed the yarn through and it can get properly coated with adhesive before applying? Working with loads of string covered in glue sounds like you are potentially asking for a mess.

Do you plan to pop the balloon? I wonder if you tried to use spray adhesive to coat the balloon and then wrap yarn if the chemicals from the adhesive would weaken the latex.

If you could spray the balloon with temporary spray fix, wrap it in yarn, then coat the yarn in PVA glue and allow to cure that would probably work well.

GREAT question! Let me know how it goes!

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audreyobscura

2 years ago

I just said 'oh gross' out loud. GREAT WORK! Rubber cement is a pretty good idea. Maybe I'll make that glue yarn gun the next time I'm up at the pier.... :D

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makendo

2 years ago

Audrey - thanks for the great advice. Alas, I am foolishly impatient and spent the afternoon sticking my gloves together with superglue and then making an even bigger mess with rubber cement and yarn. However, the latter did seem to work, but only because the actual effect I was going for was a general sense of icki-ness. Had I actually needed a half-decent finish your advice would have been doubtless better to follow!

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