Rubber Cemented, Oh No!
August 31, 2015
Help! My daughter is off at college and is happy and excited. I thought all was going well until she told me that in one of her classes they are making collages, and they have been instructed to use rubber cement !!!! I am mortified. I forbid her from using it. And then she told me that it’s part of her art kit and everyone is using it. Of course I instructed her to just Google “rubber cement” and I was sure she would be clued into the abyss of misinformation that she had fallen into, but GUESS WHAT, there are all sorts of people on the web that are actually recommending using rubber cement for collage. OMG this is more dire that I could have imagined.
Before I knew better I used rubber cement. I used it for years on other projects as well. I fondly remember a kaleidoscope I made and decorated for my friend Hank: It was a beautiful object that I poured my heart into, but the glue I used was rubber cement, and within a few years the paper embellishments simply fell off. I know that rubber cement is acidic (will discolor paper), not permanent, and toxic, but, hey, if everyone is using it how can I compete with that?
I am asking all of my friend, followers, and casual blog visitors to weigh in on this. I need to send an unmistakable message to my daughter about her choice of adhesives.
FYI, I am sending her, via her Amazon prime account, a photo safe glue stick, some PVA, Beacon Zip Dry Paper Glue, (which I haven’t tried out yet myself), a container of mod podge, and some small bone folders.
I’ve also sent her these links;
- Sonja Alves, who is one of the few voices that support my view and wrote a great post on glues http://whuffling.com/2012/02/09/collage-tutorial-the-gospel-of-glue/
Nancy Egol Nikkal, who wrote a really lovely tutorial on doing collages
Please, speak up! Comment on the idea of using rubber cement as an adhesive for art projects, and make a recommendation. Even if you find that you will repeat what someone else has said, remember there is strength in numbers and right now the rubber-cementers are everywhere!
Addendum: Beatrice Coron just sent me this very cool link that offers glue advice and info /http://www.thistothat.com/