This week, I started having serious 80s flashbacks, not because I suddenly found myself wearing parachute pants and a lady-mullet, but because I couldn’t find my Kwik Weld. My husband, Jason, even helped me look for it, and that boy can find anything. After 20 minutes of fruitless scouring, Jason gently suggested that I might consider using my E-6000, my superglue, or any of the four different kinds of putty I have in my adhesives bin, and that’s when I spontaneously burst into this verse from Chicago’s 1984 smash hit, “Hard Habit to Break,” belting out a love song to an adhesive:
I guess I thought you’d be here forever
Another illusion I chose to create
You don’t know what you got until it’s gone
And I found out just a little too late
And really, if you’ve never tried it, Kwik Weld is worth singing about. Or to. Or about. It’s the faster version of J-B Weld, which you can also use but probably don’t need to, unless your assemblage art will coincidentally be used to hold together a giant working crane.
Kwik Weld is a fast-drying two-part epoxy that you have to mix in tiny batches, as you need it (I use a toothpick for the mixing, because I’m super cool like that). In the package, it looks like this.
Mixing it up, meanwhile, is very simple. You just put equal amounts from each tube onto a paper plate or similar surface, then stir them together and apply them. Don’t dawdle, because the mixture will start to dry when it’s exposed to air, which is usually in ample supply in your work area. Once you (very quickly) apply it and stick your two pieces together, you can relax, because thenceforth shall the two things be made one. This is serious stuff.
I am going out today to get more.