When you hear the saying, birds of a feather flock or stick together, a crafter will ask “what kind of glue did they use?” Crafting is an art form using creativity and ingenuity. It requires patience and the ability to think outside of the craft bin. One of the main ingredients in a crafters collection of tools is none other than Glue. While that may have seemed anticlimactic, Glue is the end all and be all of most projects. With so many gluing options available, you may find yourself in a sticky situation. What glue is the best to use for your project?
Large or small projects use Glue to bond, adhere and join together all of the pieces in the crafty puzzle. Varied surfaces or materials will make a difference in your Glue game. Making sure you use the right Glue will perfect the details and bring your craft to an impressive finish.
Tacky Glue – This glue comes in a few forms and is a must have on your craft table. It is commonly used for paper, coarse fabrics, lighter woods and ceramics. It is a permanent glue that has great staying power. You can find quick dry and completely clear options depending on the task at hand.
Hot Glue – A true crafting celebrity is a hot Glue gun and Glue sticks. From Styrofoam to ceramics, hot Glue will do the job. It dries lightening fast so it is essential you are ready, set, go when you use it. Use a mat to catch drips and beware of the tip as it can get very hot. You can find small to large sets and singles at most stores.
E-6000 – This is the crazy glue of the crafting world. It is a general glue that will adhere to most items however does have a bit of drying time. It is advised to weight or clamp the pieces together until the glue dries or it will slip out of place.
Mod Podge – A well rounded Glue that does more than just bond and join is Mod Podge. This triple play also acts as a sealant and gives a protective finish. It comes in matte, gloss, satin and even glow in the dark finishes. This crafting charm is used to craft all of your delightful decoupage specialties. This Beginners Guide to Mod Podge Crafts will help you get started!
Spray Adhesive – This easy to use Glue may not be a heavy lifter, but it does come in handy! Paper, carboard and pictures will stick together and more importantly, they will stay together. This is a great Glue to keep in your collection.
Crafting can be a fun and relaxing way to spend the afternoon. Having the right tools and utensils will ensure your vision becomes a crafted reality. Be creative and inspired in all you do. As Maya Angelou said “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”.