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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2012 3:29 p.m. PST

Does anyone know how to glue this "lava" rubber molding mat to a wooden rod?



What sort of glue would I need, that will not destroy the rubber stamp material?

I'm hoping to wrap around and glue it onto a 2 inch long wooden rod that is 2 and 1/8 in diameter. I think that should be the right size for the 50mm by 171mm molding mat, right? I believe that a circumference of 171mm equals a diameter of 2 and 1/8 inches. I hope.

Once mounted and turned into a roller, I will then use it to press the pattern onto a thin layer of polymer clay (FIMO, Sculpey, Premo or other brand). If I understand it correctly, the rubber stamp should not stick to the polymer clay as it is rolled over the clay material.

Anyway, my biggest concern before I make the purchase is what would be the proper adhesive.


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Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2012 3:42 p.m. PST

Hmmm… superglue might be risky. What about rubber cement, wood glue, or DAP adhesive caulk?

Mako11 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member24 Apr 2012 3:45 p.m. PST

I'd try Gorilla Glue – they claim it's good on tennis shoes, other rubber products, and many other materials.

clkeagle Inactive Member24 Apr 2012 3:46 p.m. PST


Liquid Nails is your best bet. Skip the hobby/craft stuff and go right for the hardware aisle!

Using a mold release spray would keep the medium from sticking to the rubber, once you're up and rolling. Even a thin coat of Vaseline will do in a pinch if you don't want to buy mold release.

-Chris K.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2012 5:42 p.m. PST


Excellent! Thanks so much.


darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member24 Apr 2012 5:53 p.m. PST

I can't wait to see how this turns out. Sounds great!

clkeagle Inactive Member24 Apr 2012 6:17 p.m. PST

You're welcome! I also want to see how it turns out… might try making dome-like buildings with the same technique rather than interior walls. :)

-Chris K.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2012 6:18 p.m. PST

Chris, let us know how that works out.

This is the kind of stuff that initially inspired me to make my own roller:








But that "lava" molding mat looks too good to pass up. A lot of detail per square inch:



napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Apr 2012 8:41 p.m. PST

Hey Dan, what happened to the little one you made a while back for just this sort of project?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2012 10:32 p.m. PST

I'm still trying to finish it up. I made the first one a bit too regular in design, so I'm adding a few finishing touches to it.

Hope to test it out soon on polymer clay, since my attempts at use for embossing thin foam sheets didn't work out as well as planned.


DyeHard25 Apr 2012 10:55 a.m. PST

A very cool find, and some other great ideas here!

As far as glue goes, "Contact Cement" would be my first stop to glue rubber to any thing:

And when these questions arise, try "This-to-that" for glue advice.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2012 11:39 a.m. PST

Wow, very cool, CC! Can't wait to see how your finished product turns out!

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