Thursday, January 17, 2008

A little help, please.

A while back, I thrifted 3 valances, covered with buttons.

I'm always happy to find buttons, and who could pass up this many (around 400) for just $2? I was so excited by this find that I didn't notice that the buttons are hot glued to the fabric. Every last one of 'em.

I only bought these because I wanted the buttons, as buttons, not as curtain decorations. I can easily pull the buttons off the fabric. The problem is that the hardened hot glue sticks to the buttons.

Here's where you come do I get the @#$% glue off the buttons? I've tried peeling it off, which is time consuming and will destroy my fingernails. I've read suggestions for ironing the back side of the fabric (still leaves glue on the buttons) and freezing (haven't tried that yet).

There are some nice buttons. Nothing too spectacular though. Can't decide if I should invest the time to do this, or just re-donate them.



Hip Mama Crafts said...

I'd have to say, try freezing them. Although I am not positive it will workfor glue, I know it does work for candlewax.

Sarah and Jack said...

I would try really hot water.

jessi said...

I would try the freezer too. Hopefully it would make the glue hard and easy to snap off.

Hot water is also a good idea - sorry I don't have any novel ideas.

I would say that if you can't get them off easily, it's probably not worth your time unless you do it only for the buttons you really love.

Cindy Is Crafty said...

I found this on the web:

Use your hair dryer to soften the glue, then just peel it off. Be careful not to get the hot air too close to your item. Judy in Alabama

A blow dryer on high will soften hot glue enough to pull away from almost anything.

Let me know if it works!

Karyn said...

Ahh!!! I'm not sure what to suggest, although I do like the "heat the glue with a hair dryer" idea!

Good luck and let us know if you find a solution!