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    Attaching felt backing to a board..any suggestions?

    Hubby is making one of our sons a coat of arms. He cut out a board in the shape of a shield but wants to attach green felt onto the board as a background plus put it on the back of board so that it won't scratch a wall. Have any of you had experience with gluing felt onto a board? Any special glue or will Elmer's white glue be best. Want it to be permanent and not come off. Don't want glue to soak through either. Will show a picture when it gets finished. Thanks for any help you can offer.
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    Elmer's glue will bleed through if you use to much
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    Spray glue will work well. Can move it around for a little bit and when it dries it is permanent. I spray outside so the spray doesn't get on things.
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    I'm with spray glue....less chance of it bleeding through...you could always do a test with a scrap of wood/felt.

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    I would use 505 spray. Or buy the glue especially used to put felt onto pool tables. What is he going to use on the edge of the wood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    I would use 505 spray. Or buy the glue especially used to put felt onto pool tables. What is he going to use on the edge of the wood?
    Will paint edge of wood gold. Can't explain until it is finished but when you see the picture you will see what he is working with. Just as a teaser, we used to go to lots of auctions and he found this neat object in pieces. So will use it as the outline of the coat of arms. I have searched Google for a simlar object but no luck. I really wonder what or where it came from and what was it's original purpose. Should have it all finished by first week of January if we can get the felt/glue attaching problem done to our satisfaction. Pictures then. :-)
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    May I offer some suggestions for the gold work on the wooden edge? If you have any open grain, or if you are using plywood then you will get better adhesion and a smoother surface if you close the grain with a wood putty or substitute and sand satin smooth. And you might want to consider putting gold leaf on the sides as it gives such a richer appearance than any of the gold paints. There are several gold leaf brands available for hobbiests that aren't too expensive because they aren't actually gold but do look like gold. Of course real gold leaf is also available for the purist. I'm just offering this info in case you might have overlooked it - not implying I know more than you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    May I offer some suggestions for the gold work on the wooden edge? If you have any open grain, or if you are using plywood then you will get better adhesion and a smoother surface if you close the grain with a wood putty or substitute and sand satin smooth. And you might want to consider putting gold leaf on the sides as it gives such a richer appearance than any of the gold paints. There are several gold leaf brands available for hobbiests that aren't too expensive because they aren't actually gold but do look like gold. Of course real gold leaf is also available for the purist. I'm just offering this info in case you might have overlooked it - not implying I know more than you.
    Hi Tanya, I love your suggestions but I never knew gold leaf was available for 'poor folk'. :-) I do not think the edge of the wood will show but I do like the suggestion of wood putty on edges and will pass that along to hubby. Where does one buy gold leaf stuff? (Not the real stuff- just the hobby kind)Perhaps some kind of hobby or craft store???
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    think the last time I bought it was at Hobby Lobby or Michael's. Then $8 did a whole picture frame with a lot left over.

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    sounds like a wonderful project. I'm with the others on the 505 spray and would put the piece in a cardboard box to spray, keeps the overspray in check.
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    How thick is your board why don't you use a staple gun with the shortest staples your staple guu will accept. On the backside you could cover the stapled area using a hot glue gun. Or just use a glue gun.

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    Staples will show from the front. Glue from a glue gun will have a dimension to it and leave a ridge under the felt that will show. Only a spray glue will put down a perfectly flat surface that absolutely will not show and leave a professional result. It will also not soak through the felt as some liquid glues will do and leave a spot.

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    Thanks everyone for all the hints. We have to go to the big city an hour away to find spray glue as no place in our town has it. Will try Joanne's first since it is one closest.
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    Do you have a hardware store? Or a paint store? You don't need a speciality hobby spray glue. 505 is sold at Lowe's and Home Depot also I think. Most hardware stores have good all purpose permanent spray glues. The difference is probably in the drying time. The best glues have been made for other purposes than your typical hobbies. Think working with woods; furniture making, veneers, etc. When you walk into a hobby shop the size of the spray can goes down and the price goes up.

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    I had never thought of the Big Box hardware stores. Thanks so much for the tips. Will check there first when we go to the 'big town'.
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    I made a felt board for my granddaughters to play with the felt people. I put Elmer's in a disposable bowl and added enough water that it was a nice spreading consistency and used a foam brush and spread it over the board and then put the felt on. The board is the same type of material as pegboard but without the holes.

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    Just wanted to give you an update on the coat of arms project. I searched on Google with the picture of the framework plain but could never find anything similar. Sure would be neat to know why it was made and what for. It can't be real old since it is aluminum but had to have been made in a mold because it is so intricate. It turned out as good as we thought it would. Will be fun to present it to our youngest son. His college mascot is the Ram (colors green and gold) and he likes swords.
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    It's beautiful....perhaps it is Scottish in origin....many Scottish/British families have crests...so could be representative of a Scottish Clan name. Each representation on a crest has a meaning.....I found a link to an interesting site which lists what each thing means....I think in the case of this shield, crown, rams head and daggers. Here's the link:
    http://www.scottish-wedding-dreams.c...symbols.html#D ~ Heraldry Symbols

    I love anything interesting/vintage so thanks for posting and sharing with us.

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    I would practise on small pieces. From experience teaching glue will bleed through some fabrics or make hard patches. Also make sure you spread the glue evenly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker View Post
    It's beautiful....perhaps it is Scottish in origin....many Scottish/British families have crests...so could be representative of a Scottish Clan name. Each representation on a crest has a meaning.....I found a link to an interesting site which lists what each thing means....I think in the case of this shield, crown, rams head and daggers. Here's the link:
    http://www.scottish-wedding-dreams.c...symbols.html#D ~ Heraldry Symbols

    I love anything interesting/vintage so thanks for posting and sharing with us.
    Thanks for the link to Heraldry Symbols. We ended up just using Elmer's glue very lightly and it did not bleed through. We put everything together on our own. The framework was in 3 pieces and hubby J-B welded them together. We ordered the swords and the ram's head. We faux gold-leafed the ram's head because it was silver (plastic)and spray painted the framework. All in all it was a fun project but time-consuming. Now I can get back to some quilting. :-)
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