I'm responsible for providing the table decorations for a Mardi Gras ball next year. My assignment is to create 105 medieval shields.
I have found that camp foam sleeping pads are perfect for the shield foundation. It's inexpensive, easy to cut, and holds its curvature. My plan is to glue glitter craft foam on top of this foam to create the shields.
Unfortunately, I'm having technical difficulties with gluing the foam.
I've tried Tacky Glue, which isn't tacky enough. I had to place books on top of the shield to get it to bond. The natural curvature of the camp pad foam poses a problem with adhesion since it makes it pull away from the glitter foam sheet which is flat.
I've tried spray adhesive which worked initially, but it is quite messy, and unfortunately it became unglued a few days later.
This morning I tried a low temp glue gun. So far, it holds OK, but it doesn't seem practical for the surface area that I have to cover and it produces very noxious fumes. It also melts the foam if the tip touches it.
I need a glue that will grab instantly. I've read that some glues can cause a chemical breakdown with the foam. I don't want to work on these things all year and then discover that the foam is riddled with holes! What a nightmare that would be!!
There are glues especially formulated for craft foam, but they are pricey and the instructions are to apply the glue and wait 10 or 15 minutes before pressing the surfaces together. I may have to go this route, but it will obviously slow down the production time.
If you have any suggestions then I would be delighted to hear them!!