Finding the right kind of glue for YOU!
Finding the right adhesive for a project has always been one of the top craft questions our customers have. Luckily, we have helpful tips that may steer crafters of all areas, and levels, in the right direction.
Follow these 3 easy steps on how to select the right adhesive for your project.
Step 1) Select the type of bond you want the material to have.
When it comes to glue, tack means how sticky an adhesive is. So, high tack means the mounting adhesive will grip almost instantly, providing a sturdy stick. Low tack can usually be re-positioned and is a great choice for creating scrapbook layouts and other exploratory projects.
Depending on what kind of project you are working on, if you want a strong bond, try using a tacky glue that will create a durable bond. However, remember that quick drying glue may work for timeliness, but for maximum strength, you may have to wait a little longer for the bond to develop.
If you want lighter glue for projects, such as creating scrapbook layouts, presentations with mobility, and a versatile decor, you may want to consider using a low tack adhesive. Although the bond may or may not be permanent, depending on the product you select, its tackiness should be enough to hold things together.
Step 2) Choose the best applicator and medium to fit your situation.
Every angle of a project can be different. Whether you have a large area, or a small corner you need to apply glue on, finding the best applicator will make your life easier.
Needlenose Tip & Pen Glue, Stick Glue and Glue Markers: If you want to glue on a fine edge, or to reach a small corner, use a needlenose tip applicator or pen glue. This is beneficial because you can easily control the amount of glue ejected, while moving in your desired direction.
Spray adhesives are a droplet form of glue and are usually used for lightweight projects, such as scrapbooking, photo mounting, wreath-making, flower arrangements, model building, and home repairs/improvements. They are great for covering big surfaces areas, without seeing the typical “lumps” of glue. However, there are also many specialized spray adhesives that are also made for formulating bonds with rubber, plastic, vinyl, leather, wood, and laminate. It just depends on how tacky you want the adhesive to be!
Hot melts or hot glue guns can be used for heavier or odd applications. For example, if you’re trying to glue a wooden clothespin to a sheet of paper, a hot glue gun may work best with these “odd” applications. A heavy duty, or all-purpose, glue can also be used, along with wood, vinyl, plastic, rubber, and leather.
Liquid glue & tape can be used best with paper and scrapbooking. It’s easy, convenient, and gets the job done. If you’re on a budget, these usually come in bulk sizes so you don’t have to worry about running out. Craft tapes can also be used as decoration on your project or scrapbook page.
Stiffeners, Medium & Decoupage are great adhesives for a sealed project. Adhesives in this category are used to paint over a wide scope of objects, from small wooden boxes and vases to large furniture and tables. They are typically associated with attaching paper to different surfaces and can be used to achieve a matte or glossy finish. These types of medium can be applied with many different applicators, such as rollers, brushes, and sponges.
Crafting adhesives for jewelry, ceramic pieces, leather, metal, rubber, gems, mirrors, and wires, that create a strong and permanent bond can also use specialized glue in all forms, which can also be found in all types of medium in our website.
Step 3) Lastly, don’t forget that supplies do run out.
Running out of adhesives can be frustrating, which may be a likely cause that a project becomes a work-in-progress or even incomplete, at times. Stocking up on extra supplies can also be a helpful thing, when you don’t know how much glue you’re going to use in the beginning of a project.
Share your experience with others! What adhesive products have worked for you? What is your favorite go-to adhesive that works wonders on your projects? Do you have an adhesive tip that always works?
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