Choosing the Right Craft Glue/Adhesive

Depending on the types of crafts you create, you’re going to need some sort of adhesive. Craft glue plays a significant role – from attaching the wing of a balsam airplane to fusing doll parts together. However, it’s important to choose the appropriate selection to achieve the best results. You don’t want to sell crafts that can’t stand the test of time. As you purchase products for your craft business, consider the following craft glues and their uses:

White Glue

One of the most commonly used types of crafting glue is the good ol’ white glue you probably used as an elementary school student. Elmer’s glue is a popular choice for paper crafters. White glues are all-purpose, come in varying thickness, are typically water soluble, and in some cases, are flexible. They also dry clear, which doesn’t take away from the look of your creations. Not only does white glue work well with paper, but also wood, fabrics and ceramics. Do not use with metal or anything that will come in contact with water.

Hot Glue

Hot glue decreases drying time and bonds quickly. Used on porous and non-porous surfaces, hot glue also comes in handy when bonding uneven surfaces together. The easiest way to use this type of adhesive is with a glue gun, but you can also heat glue sticks in a pot. Some hot glue sticks are available in different colors. Some even have imbedded pieces of glitter to enhance your projects. Keep in mind that hot glue does not hold up under stress, which means…don’t use it to build a chair or table.

Super Glue

Also known as ‘crazy glue,’ cyanoacrylate glues or ‘super glues’ have the power to quickly bond surfaces with a simple drop. They dry clear, are strong, and help speed up the completion time for projects. In order to get the best results, you must use materials that fit tightly together. Not an ideal option for paper crafts (it’s simply too strong and unnecessary), choose this glue for heavy-duty projects. Keep in mind that some plastics tend not to work well with this type of glue.

Spray Adhesives

Crafters who work with papers and fabrics will find spray adhesive convenient. This type of adhesive covers large, flat surfaces. Do not overspray or you can damage some papers. Also, use in a well-ventilated room.

Industrial Strength Glues

When you need a strong adhesive for bonding metals, ceramics, rubber, plastics, glass and fiberglass, consider industrial strength glue. Since the glues are made with harmful chemicals, you must use in a room with a lot of ventilation. Industrial strength glues include two-part epoxies, jewelry glues, china glues, silicone glues, contact adhesives, and multipurpose cements.

Wood Glues

For the crafter that works with wood, there are options specifically made for this type of project: AR (aliphatic resin) adhesives and polyurethane glues. For interior use, choose the common yellow wood glue known as an AR adhesive. Use polyurethane glues for interior and exterior projects.

Craft Glue Tips

Once you settle on the appropriate craft glue for a specific project, always get acquainted with the label. For example, stronger glues may need an open window to protect your lungs for harmful fumes. Also, become familiar with the drying time of the adhesive. When possible, test out the bonding effectiveness on the material of your choice before using on a final project. Before using the glue, make sure all surfaces are clean and dry. Use an even coat of adhesive, and remove excess material as soon as possible. Keep containers closed tightly so the glue does not dry out.