Awards & Engraving

2019 Custom Gift Annual

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A&E MID-MAY 2019 • a-e-mag.com 91 D epending on the size of the bonded area, it is often possible to take two bonded pieces apart successfully. There are some variables, but the main key to taking bonded pieces apart is to heat the piece until the adhesive becomes slightly elastic. Usually this occurs around 150 F. How can I remove glass that has been bonded with UV-cured adhesive? By CrystalEdge 3 If not, take a single-edge safety razor blade (in a safety holder), and push the blade into a corner of the bond joint. The sharp edge often starts to split the heat-softened adhesive. 4 As you push the blade further into the joint, the bond starts to separate. 5 If this does not work, increase the oven to 175 F and try again. It is not an easy process, but it could save and recycle some expensive pieces. How-To/Tutorial Depending on the size of the bonded area, it is often possible to take two bonded pieces apart successfully. IMAGE COURTESY CRYSTALEDGE STEPS: 1 Using a regular oven, set the temperature to 150 F and place your glass in the oven before you turn it on. Gradually heat the piece to avoid cracking by heating too fast. Let the piece heat up and stay at 150 F for at least 10 to 15 minutes. 2 Using insulated mitts, hold the base firmly and apply sideways pressure to the upright piece. Often this pressure is enough to release the two pieces. A&E MID-MAY 2019 • a-e-mag.com 91 A&E

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