Friday, October 19, 2018
Duct tape takes a hit
Conventional wisdom has it that duct tape sticks to everything and is your go-to remedy for any kind of adhesive need. Heck, even the astronauts keep it around for emergency repairs, such as the hail-Mary save of the Apollo 13 mission, fixing a moonbuggy and plugging holes in the International Space Station. Certainly the roof-and-gutter guy who worked on our house many years ago loved the stuff, as we discovered when we started excavating to prepare the way for major basement waterproofing:
But I digress. Duct tape is on my mind this week because it seemed like a good way to affix felt to foamcore boards in preparation for my show. On Wednesday Vickie and I spent all morning on this task. We thought about various alternative methods, but decided that duct tape would be the down-and-dirty way to get the job done -- and of course, duct tape sticks to everything, right?
Yesterday I got one of the boards and put it on the work table to pin the collages on. But what's that spongy feeling under my fingers -- it feels like loose duct tape on the back! Took all the collages off the board, flipped it over, and yes, the duct tape was coming loose. Apparently it didn't like to stick to felt. And it didn't even like to stick to foamcore board very much either.