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Cathy Naro Has Found the Liquid-Metal Solution for the USA

January 23, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments
Cathy Naro, Maureen Booth

Cathy Naro reviewing her prints with Maureen during her workshop last spring

In my Liquid Metal Printmaking video I use a two-tube epoxy adhesive (“cold metal solder”) called “Nural 21” sold by a Spanish firm call Pattex. As it turned out, this product is not available in the U.S.A. and some American artists have been frustrated trying to find a suitable substitute. Now Cathy Naro has found it. I’ll let her tell you about it:

The product I’ve bought (at a local hardware store when I asked the manager for a product that I described according to my experience with Maureen) is called “J-B Marine Weld”  (made in USA PO Box 483 Sulphur Springs, TX 75483 phone 1-800-529-3530).

The instructions for use sound exactly like the process we did with the weld stuff Maureen had (2 tubes to mix, put on clean surface, apply with variety of tools, in warm room let weld set up for 15-20 min. after mixing, and finally let dry at least 15 hours…)

The package says, “Fixes, fills and bonds to most surfaces, iron, steel, aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, pewter, all woods, ceramics”  The package goes on to promise “J-B Weld is so tough, you can drill it grind it and machine it.” And it’s:

  • one of the toughest bonds in America
  • easy to use – pliable up to 25 minutes
  • not affected by oil, water, petro., chemicals
  • withstands temperatures up to 600degrees F (315 degrees C)
  • non conductive

So, now you American print artists know where to go for the long-awaited Nural substitute. Please send me some photos of the prints you make with it. If I get a few I’ll post them here.

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