Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Face Shoes and Flexible Glue Recipe

11.26.2009

Face Shoes and Flexible Glue Recipe

I don't remember how I got this idea but I decided to cover shoes with girl faces cut out from magazines. I had lots of fun finding the craziest faces I could find. I had leather shoes to cover, but I couldn't think of a way to glue them on. Most glue isn't flexible so it wouldn't work. My dad found a recipe for bookbinding and leather glue which worked out perfectly! Here is the recipe for the glue:

Bookbinding or Leather Glue
1 packet (¼ ounce) unflavored gelatin
3 tbls. Boiling water
1 tbls. Vinegar
1 tsp. Glycerin

1. In a pan, add gelatin to boiling water. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.
2. Add vinegar and glycerin. Stir until well mixed.

Makes about 1/3 cup. For larger projects, double the recipe.
How to use it: While the glue is still war, apply a thin layer with a brush. This waterproof glue is excellent for binding leather to leather.
It also makes a good flexible glue for use on paper, or for gluing cloth to cardboard for making notebook binders or scrapbooks.
Stored in a tightly capped plastic or glass jar, this glue will keep for several months. It will gel in the bottle after a few days. Warm bottle in hot water to reuse glue.

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