Saturday, January 16, 2010

Glue Review (and Tape)

I don't know about you, but I think I have purchased at least five or six different types of glue for projects only to find out they didn't do what I needed them to do... well besides stick. I bet you are asking well what else are they supposed to do but please continue reading.

1. First up, hot glue. It is the staple in every girl's craft box.

-Works well on most surfaces including wood, plastic, metal, etc.
-Allows for some "wiggle" room, meaning there is some time to reposition the items gluing before glue sets.

-Hot, I always burn myself
-Doesn't work well on paper

All in all, hot glue is a great and affordable tool for most projects except for paper but can be messy and should be used with caution (to avoid those burns).

2. Next, Scotch Double Stick Tape.

-Easy to use
-Sticks well
-Works great on paper
-Clean compared to other products reviewed

-Expensive, especially if doing a big project
-Not much wiggle room

Double stick tape is great for smaller projects but is very expensive for larger projects. I used 1 roll of tape per 30-40 envelope liners and with each roll priced upwards of $2 it adds up.

3. Elmer's School Glue Sticks
-Purple color allows you to easily see where applied
-Allows plenty of wiggle room

-Creates lumpy, wrinkled look on paper especially if applied heavily.
-Slightly messy

Elmer's School Glue Stick should probably be reserved for children's crafts. It is easy to use but the finish product end up looking messy and juvenile.

4. Scotch Wrinkle-Free Glue Stick

-Allows wiggle room
-Photo safe
-Dries without wrinkles, lumps, or bumps

-Can be hard to find
-Hard to see where applying
-Sometimes requires second coat for long lasting stick

I found this method to be easiest to use for paper projects and was able to find it consistently in the scrapbooking area of Target.

5. Ad Tech Dot Glue Runner

-Clean to use
-Great sticking ability

-Harder to use

Maybe it's just me, but I find it hard to make a straight line with this thing but the sticking power was awesome.

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