Shaken, Not Stirred
Who doesn't love Chex Mix? Especially the roasted rye chips that somehow always seem to run out before the bottom of the bag. Chex Mix are just better when everything is evenly distributed throughout the bag.
Similar to this, everything is simply better at Borboleta when adhesives are shaken, not stirred. Adhesives are made with an exact recipe to make them work just right. As adhesives sit, some of their ingredients will separate, much like the Chex mix example. Chemicals separate due to different densities; the heavier chemicals will sit at the bottom of the bottle, while the lighter ones float to the top.
Before lashing it’s important to shake the adhesive for two minutes to mix the chemicals and give you the perfect ratio of ingredients in each drop.
Learn more about your adhesive ingredients here.
It’s hard to evenly mix the adhesive if it’s not at room temperature. Chemicals straight out of the freezer or fridge are more solidified and resist movement. You can warm the adhesive for a few seconds in your hand, but it’s best to take the adhesive out of the fridge or freezer with ample time for it to reach room temperature before use. Do NOT heat the adhesive to get it to room temperature.
ONE TIP, ONE DROP
It’s best practice to shake the adhesive right before use and to only dispense one drop of adhesive on your jade stone at a time. This will help you not waste adhesive, since you can’t (shouldn’t) put the adhesive back in the bottle. It will also help the adhesive stay fresh since exposure to moisture in the air starts the curing process. Depending on how long you are lashing, it’s a good idea to give the bottle a quick shake before each additional drop.
Check out the Borboleta Adhesive collection here.