Many craft projects require glue, but figuring out what glue to use can be tricky. Glue is so popular that many craft stores have an aisle devoted to glue. With all the different types it’s easy to get confused so let’s review the various types and what they are used for.
All Purpose Glue
White glue or “school glue” is a great all purpose glue because it dries clear. It comes in a squeeze bottle and can be spread thin for working with thin papers like tissue. It can also be watered down to make papier-mache. While great for most projects white glue is not a permanent glue.
Glue sticks have the same bonding ability as white glue without the mess. The glue come in a tube similar to a lip balm and dries clear. the glue itself is either clear or tinted purple so that you can see where you smeared it. These are very useful for small children who may have more trouble manipulating the white glue squeeze bottle.
Tacky glue is a thicker and permanent version of white glue. It’s considered the most important all purpose glue for those who are serious about making crafts. The glue comes in a squeeze bottle similar to white glue. This would be ideal for building items from heavier paper.
Hot glue is ideal for when you need something to set quickly. The glue comes in a white or yellow sticks and requires a special “gun” to use it. The gun will heat the glue stick and as it melts it can be applied to the item that needs to be glued. You can get both low and high temperature sticks depending on your use. The glue can burn if it gets on skin so if using this you will want to restrict usage to an adult or responsible older child.
Glitter glue is very popular. It’s less of a glue and more of a decorative item. Making signs and banners used to involve a messy process of using white or tacky glue to “write” with and then sprinkling glitter onto the glue before it dries. Glitter glue comes in tubes that make this process a lot easier since the glitter is already a part of the glue.
Wood glue is fairly self explanatory. The glue itself is a resin designed to hold wood pieces together. It can be used on it’s own or to temporarily adhere pieces together while they are being nailed or screwed.
Jewelry glue is also self explanatory. This glue creates a permanent bond between a stone or bead and a jewelry setting like in a ring or pendant back.
Fabric glue was specifically designed to glue fabric to other fabric. It dries clear and is often used to glitz up a piece of clothing with rhinestones.
Glue will continue to be one of the most used craft items but now you can choose which glue is right for your project to help ensure a successful crafting experience.
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