If you were to ask someone who wasn’t into craft or DIY, how many different types of glue there are, they would probably say a figure between five and ten. But, if only they knew how many glues there actually are – the answer: too many. There are too many glues available to buy.
A simple trip to the craft store to pick up some bits for your next project can end in total disaster when you can’t decide which glue to choose.
With so many glues on offer, taking a peek down the adhesive aisle at Hobbycraft, can be somewhat daunting. Plus, some of these glues can be overly expensive and tend to dry up before you have had the chance to use the entire bottle. But, with so many options available, what is the best way to choose a glue?
For our top tips to picking out the right type of glue, have a read of this.
- Know the type of glue you need
Before heading to the craft store, it is important to know what you need the glue to do. For example, perhaps you need a permanent glue that dries clear and is suitable for use on fabrics or a non-permanent glue that works well on card.
Just make sure you know what type of glue you need before visiting the craft store. Otherwise, you may literally be there for hours.
- Understand what each glue can be used for
When picking out a glue for your next art or DIY project, it is essential that you choose the best glue for the job. But, what is each type of glue best for?
PVA glue, or school glue as it is also known, is great to have around if you have young children. It’s easy to use, it washes out of clothing, it doesn’t run, and isn’t permanent, which makes it ideal for using on children’s craft projects.
PVA glue can be used on card, paper, ceramics, and material. However, it is not long lasting.
Well, the clue is in the name, wood glue is the least versatile of all types of glue. It only works effectively on wooden surfaces but is permanent and very strong.
Hot glue gun
Of all the glues available, the hot glue gun is the most versatile. It can be used on various materials, from paper and wood to material and ceramics, dries clear and is permanent.One of the best things about the glue gun is that the hot liquid Henkel glue dries quickly and neatly. However, it is important to be careful to avoid burns.
Glue guns are available in a range of sizes and can be corded or uncorded, depending on the make.
While glue sticks are great for children’s craft projects, as they don’t cause any mess, the glue is not the most effective. And so, can’t really be used for very much.
Glue sticks can only be effectively used on paper and card, but are excellent for children.