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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Adhesive Rundown

   As a follow-up to my post about tools, here is a post of strengths, considerations and tips for several popular adhesives.  This info was provided for  CTMH consultants in the November/December 2008 issue of Keynotes.

Liquid Glass: This is an extremely strong, permanent adhesive.  It is clear, inexpensive and versatile.  It can be used as a glue, a glaze or an accent and it sticks to almost anything.  It can take anywhere from 15 monutes to 48 hours to dry, depending on how much is used.  The unique gloss effect can alter the appearance of ink colors.  You can use a spray sealer under it to keep ink colors true.

Dotto Dots Dispenser:  This adhesive is repositionable, isn't stringy and is removable.  It can be tricky to refill and is best used on non-permanent features.  It's great for demos because you can move pieces around and they will remain sticky.

Bonding Memories Glue Pen:  This adhesive can be permanent or repositionable.  It's easy to hold, inexpensive and lasts for a long time.  It dries quickly and is easy to use in small areas.  You can use the glue pen to secure corners of paper. 

Memory book Glue Dots:  These are available in different sizes and thicknesses.  They offer a strong hold and stick to almost anything.  Glue Dots require individual application and need to be stored in the original box.  They work especially well with unique embellishments such as metal accents, ribbons and buttons.

Bonding Memories Glue:  Like the Glue Pen, this adhesive can be permanent or repositional, is easy to hold, inexpensive, lasts for a long time and dries quickly.  A little bit goes a long way so you will need to use a small amount so that your papers don't bubble.  This glue is perfect for use in workshops because it dries so quickly.

3D Foam Tape:  With foam tape, you can cut just the amount that you need and it offers a strong 3 deminsional hold.  It may require a little bit of finesse to remove the foam from the carrier sheet or layouts.  Using your piercing tool to remove the backing makes this a bit easier. 

Tombow Mono Adhesive:  This adhesive is quick and easy to apply, requires no drying time and is easy to refill.  You can purchase the refills in either permanent or repositional.  You must be sure to hold the applicator correctly and press firmly to avoid breaks in the adhesive strip.  Tombow is most useful for adhering papers.