How to glue resin figures

Written by gary powl
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Resins are popular, sturdy casting materials for a variety of figures, including mass-produced statues from companies such as Sideshow Collectibles, gift-store figurines and privately produced models known as "garage kits." Assembly or repair of a resin figure can often be accomplished with a simple smear of super glue, but a few extra steps to pin together larger parts with a short piece of strong wire will make the bond stronger and longer-lasting.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Ruler or other straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Super glue or five-minute epoxy
  • Drill with small bit
  • Piece of stiff wire (paper clip or wire clothes hanger) about 1 inch long

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select one of two parts to be glued together. Using the straight edge and pencil, draw an "X" on the surface to be glued. Draw the lines long enough to go slightly outside or over the edge of the area to be glued.

  2. 2

    Test fit the two parts to be attached, then hold them firmly together with one hand in the correct position. Take the pencil in the other hand and draw marks on the second piece that match up with where the lines from the first piece are visible.

  3. 3

    Use the straight edge to draw an "X" between the points of the second part. The centres of the two "X" marks should match up.

  4. 4

    Select a drill bit slightly larger than the piece of wire (the "pin"). Drill holes roughly half an inch deep in the resin at the centre of the "X" on both parts to be attached.

  5. 5

    Put two to three drops of super glue or five-minute epoxy in the drilled hole of one part. Insert the pin and allow it the glue to dry.

  6. 6

    Put two to three drops of super glue or five-minute epoxy in the drilled hole of the other part. Put a thin smear of glue on the rest of the surface to be connected.

  7. 7

    Press the parts together, making sure the pin smoothly enters the drilled hole of the second part. Quickly make sure the parts are properly aligned, then give the glue a few seconds to bond.

  8. 8

    Allow the glue to dry. Check the packaging for suggesting drying time.

Tips and warnings

  • Smaller parts, such as hands, should not be pinned because they could be damaged. Simply glue and attach.
  • Children should be supervised by an adult when using drills, super glue or five-minute epoxy.

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