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Speedball 10210 10210 Mona Lisa 2-Ounce Metal Leaf Adhesive Size
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- Highly Rated: 4.2 star rating with over 100 reviews
- Popular Item: Popular with customers shopping for "gold leaf adhesive"
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- BRUSH-ON ADHESIVE – Ideal for use for a wide range of metal leaf, home decor, and arts and crafts projects.
- GREAT COVERAGE – The water-based metal leaf adhesive applies smoothly and evenly.
- QUICK APPLICATION – This metal leaf adhesive dries in 30 minutes so you can begin applying your leaf fast.
- FAST, EASY CLEAN-UP – You will be able to easily clean the adhesive off of your hands, brush and workspace with soap and water.
- MADE IN THE USA – The Speedball Mona Lisa Metal Leaf Adhesive is proudly made in the USA!
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The Speedball Mona Lisa Metal Leaf Adhesive can be used for a wide variety of metal leaf, crafts and home décor projects. Student and professional artist love this leafing adhesive because of how easy it is to work with. It works great on a variety of surfaces such as paper, pictures frames, plastic, wood and more. The water-based metal leaf adhesive comes in a 2 ounce bottle. The adhesive applies smoothly and evenly then dries clear. This metal leaf adhesive dries in 30 minutes so you can begin applying your leaf fast. Clean-up is fast and easy when using the metal leafing adhesive. Simply wash your hands, brush and workspace with soap and water. The Speedball Mona Lisa Metal Leaf Adhesive is proudly handcrafted in the USA!
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Although the product itself hasn't really changed, the bottle finally got an "upgrade" a few years ago--from a metal cap (which rusted and made a huge mess), to a plastic one.
Despite that, it STILL has major issues that makes it impractical to use more than a few times.
1) It makes a huge mess if the bottle gets tilted in the slightest way.
What it really needs is a silicone, rubber, or other flexible lipped-runner around the inner lip of the bottle to prevent the contents from migrating or spilling over and settling inside the cap's grooves, etc. It would also help to better control the amount of adhesive on your applicator brush, since it would improve the ability to wipe the extra adhesive off onto the side of the bottle without it creating a dried crust around the inner bottle lip that would then fall into the liquid adhesive and later end up causing problems.
Without such a preventive measure, the adhesive will invariably:
1) dry around the inner lip and that dried adhesive easily falls back into the liquid adhesive, which is impossible to fish out.
1) settle between the cap and bottle threads where it dries and makes it difficult to open the bottle without force--and opening it with force can easily lead to spilling.
2) It also makes a mess when you do open it because, even if you are careful about opening it,. still-liquid adhesive caught between the bottle lip and the cap gets all over the place.
As I said, it can also make a mess of your project because some of the adhesive on the upper inner lip as well as the outer lip and cap of the bottle dries and becomes rubbery, and if you don't first carefully remove the dried, rubbery adhesive from all these areas it will eventually fall into the liquid adhesive.
It's difficult to clean these areas and acetone is best for cleaning the adhesive, but since acetone is a solvent, over time it can break down the plastic of the bottle and subsequently make it harder to open and close tightly. Additionally, underneath the curved area inside of the bottle lip is incredibly hard to clean without something like a cotton swab, and the last thing anyone wants is pieces of cotton fibers in their leafing adhesive!
This problem of dried rubbery pieces of adhesive sticking on the inner and outer lips of the bottle and inner cap often leads to it all falling into the liquid adhesive, which means you'll get small pieces of the dried bits onto your brush when using the product (similar with what happens with paint in a quart or gallon-sized paint can after being opened and used several times). This can obviously ruin the smooth finish of whatever item you are leafing. It happens way too often, in my book--and I'm methodical about cleaning the bottle lips and cap before each use.
Finally, the adhesive quality of the liquid is not really as reliable as it should be. I find that sometimes it so adhesive that it's hard to remove from areas I don't want adhesive on, and even catches lint that might be in the air as I'm letting it dry before leafing. Other times, even after evenly applying it and waiting the necessary time for it to set, it doesn't really grab the leafing consistently at all, which means you have to then reapply more adhesive where it DOESN'T grab, and that ruins the continuity of the finish.
I suspect, based on both its viscosity and the rubbery consistency when dry, that this product has both latex and ammonia in it. The ammonia would also would explain why leafing seems to tarnish more easily with this adhesive. That's also an issue that makes this just a mediocre product, in my opinion.
All in all, I just feel like after 30 years of manufacturing this product, more thought could go into the bottling as well as the formula.