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One DIY-er gets a little too into her craft project and learns a valuable lesson about spray adhesive... and ponytails.

Mrs. Jenny Ryan, Flickr


I was attempting a decoupage project on a table, and really needed something to hold down my decoupage elements while I got the top coat ready. I already had them all positioned perfectly, I just needed to keep them from shifting while I brushed it on and left it to dry. Enter the spray adhesive.

Dogfaceboy, Flickr


Spray adhesive is really wonderful -- it isn't too wet or gloppy yet it's capable of holding things for a fair period of time. Bonus: Some of them actually allow you to reposition things. It works on fabric, beads, glitter, paper, or lightweight plastic. And yes, I love it.

Do you know what else is wonderful? Having long hair. I've had it since I was a little girl, and have gotten used to having to wrangle it and keep it out of my various art projects. True, one of my walls still has spots from the time the end of my ponytail wound up, unbeknownst to me, dipped in a pot of red paint...).

Less wonderful -- bending over your nicely spray-adhesive-d table, and having your lovely, long hair fall onto it. I went to stand up, felt a sharp tug, and heard the sound of hair breaking. I wanted to pull my hair free but since the table was covered in spray adhesive, I couldn't very well try to touch it. I wound up having to inch my way over to my phone, pushing the table along with me, to call a friend to cut me loose (and bring some solvent to take the decoupaged hair off of my table).

Luckily, the table wasn't ruined. I didn't even need to call a professional for help, or (even worse) scrap the whole project. After a couple hours of cleaning and drying it was as good as new. I did, however, have to get my hair some professional help in the form of a very drastic trim and lengthy session with some oil to get the sticky adhesive residue off of me.

What I've learned -- well, when decoupaging, sometimes spraying the adhesive on the individual pieces, rather than the full surface, is a safer bet. And if you're a crafter with long hair, ponytails just won't cut it: High buns are the way to go.
On a more upbeat note, I also learned a more personal tidbit: I actually look pretty fantastic in a bob!

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