So armed with the suggestion of Ados glue I went to Mitre10 today. Walked in and walked up and down the isles looking for where they kept the glue. Finally somebody pointed me in the right direction and there I was faced with every possible type of glue you can imagine. It is then that I realised I had no idea if Ados was the make or just a type of glue, you know like craft glue or wood glue. Hmmm. I was about to give up and find some glue expert at the store and then just as I walked around the corner, I noticed a whole shelf... of Ados glue. But then problem number two that my Facebook friend's glue master (a.k.a. her other half) did not mention is that you get about a hundred different types of Ados glue (okay I'm exaggerating, perhaps around 10 different types). But still. I'm not at all a glue expert and here I was faced with things like Builder's Glue, F2 Contact Spray Adhesive, F2 Multi Purpose Contact Adhesive, F22 Long Tack Adhesive, F3 Non-drip Contact and so on. So you can well imagine my dilemma here. None of them actually listed Paua Shell of one of the things that you can stick to canvas. Finally I gave up and searched for somebody there who had any idea which ones of the tall, small, round, squeezy containers would actually successfully glue my paua shell pieces to canvas. Note to self - next time ask for help first before spending 20 minutes staring blankly at the glue shelf. I finally left with Ados F3 which is "ideal for vertical and overhead services" and "won't drip or slump" and is a "contact adhesive in gel". Of course it has loads of warnings that it is toxic, that it may be harmful if swallowed and that I should avoid breathing the vapours and I learned it is a highly thixotropic, high-strength contact adhesive (yes, even after reading about thixotropic I still don't really understand what it means, but as long as it can stick my paua shell pieces, then that's all that matters).
Anyway, tonight I decided that I was going to attempt creating my small canvas and Bianca enthusiastically wanted to make her own piece of art too. So we sat there mixing paint and finally created this:
My attempt (and yes the glue worked!)
And Bianca's master piece:
And now that I know the glue works, I'm one step closer!