Thursday, July 24, 2014

5 Super Online Resources! - All About Adhesives Tutorial Series


Check out these great online resources:    

    1. Beacon Adhesives has an Adhesive Selection Chart on their website and also a Glue Guide you can download with helpful tips for adhesives. There's some fun crafts on their blog!
    2. Elmer's - Find what glue Elmer's recommends by using the drop down lists on their Glue Guide
    3. Mod Podge by Plaid - Check out The Mod Podge Formula Guide to see which one will work best with your projects. They have a very fun blog, too, Mod Podge Rocks!
    4. Scotch - The folks from Scotch offer a downloadable Scotch Glue Selector Chart
    5. Crafter's Pick - More Specialty Glues from Crafter's Pick.     A great tip from Crafter's Pick: "If your glue is too thick and hard to squeeze out of the bottle, set the bottle in a bowl of warm water or microwave for a few seconds at a low level. This will help the glue flow better."

    Don't forget, you can always find many great resources on manufacturer's websites! It's like a library of learning goodness!


    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    All About Adhesives - Clean and Prep your Cricut mats

    Do your Cricut mats get really grungy? Wish you could clean and prepare them yourself instead of buying new ones? Well, you can! Using ScraPerfect's The Best Cleaner Ever and The Best Glue Ever, you can get rid of the scuzz and make your mats brand new again! Take a peek at this video and make sure to check out ScraPerfect's website.


    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    All About Adhesives - Hot Glue

    Many of us have used a hot glue gun to create crafts, but maybe you have not. This is a great addition to your craft tool kit. They are very easy to use and seem to me to be pretty indestructible. Just make sure not to touch the hot glue!!


       

    Hot Glue - Thermoplastic Glue*

    Hot glue or hot melt adhesives are thermoplastics that are applied hot, using a glue gun, and then harden as they cool.  This type of glue was invented as an improvement to water-based adhesives that were failing in humid climates.   

    If you have never had a hot glue gun before, you will find there are many uses for them. Hot glue guns are easy to use and come in full size and mini-craft size. Standard craft glue, while useful for many projects, is not as durable as hot glue.

    To use a hot glue gun:
    1. Insert the appropriate glue stick onto the back end of the glue gun.
    2. Plug the glue gun into an electrical outlet to allow it to heat up for at least five minutes.
    3. Squeeze the trigger of the hot glue gun gently. Be careful! If you squeeze the trigger too hard, hot glue can rush out of the gun and burn you.

    There are different types of hot glue ranging in melting temperature, and strength…even ones for fabric, wood, colored glues, and glitter glues!  One of the drawbacks to a hot glue gun is that because of the heat, the glue can melt some materials you may want to work with.

    Hot Glue Tips:
    • Purchase the specific type/size of glue stick for your gun.
    • Use a craft mat with a heat resistant surface.
    • Keep your glue gun in an upright position. 
    • Clean off the trigger of the gun if you have a build-up of glue on the nozzle.
    • Use a Popsicle stick to spread out the glue while it is still hot.
    • Keep a bowl of cold water handy just in case you do burn yourself.

    I had a low temp glue gun years ago and loved it.  Then I 
    couldn't find the specific size of glue sticks that it required.  L  Now that I’m back to a high temp gun, I am constantly burning myself with the hot glue.  I've learned to keep a mug of ice water close by to immerse my fingers!! I will definitely be on the lookout for a cordless low temp gun now that they all pretty much use the same size of glue stick!

    What crafts do you create using a hot glue gun??


    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    All About Adhesives - Super Glues

    Continuing with our All About Adhesives, Wet Adhesives lesson, how about some tough stuff?

    Synthetic Glues – Cyanoacrylate - (aka Super Glues)*
    Cyanoacrylate is the generic name for glues which are typically sold under trademarks like Super Glue and Krazy Glue, and some which are used in medical glues such as Dermabond and Traumaseal (like “liquid bandage”). Cyanoacrylate adhesives are known as "instant adhesives".

    This is what the chemical compound of Cyanoacrylates looks like, at right. Look, mom, I’m using my Chemistry degree! J


    Cyanoacrylate is a very strong adhesive, particularly when used to bond non-porous materials or those that contain minute traces of water. It is also very good at bonding body tissue, and while this can be a troublesome side effect during everyday use, it has been exploited for the benefit of suture-less surgery. Acetone, which is sometimes found in nail polish remover, is a commonly available solvent capable of softening cured cyanoacrylate. (Have you ever glued your fingers together?)

    Cyanoacrylate or Super Glue, Krazy Glue, and Gorilla Glue work best on porous materials. They are not good on glass. Regular formulations of super glue will destroy some plastics such as expanded polystyrene (foam coffee cups) and expanded poly propylene (impact-absorbing foam). Special formulations are available which will glue these other materials.

    And now you know! ;-)

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    All About Adhesives - Acrylic Medium and Decoupage Adhesive

    What about Acrylic Mediums and Decoupage Adhesives? Here's just a few of these kinds of adhesives that are available. Make sure to check out the manufacturer's websites by visiting the links provided. You'll learn loads of info!


     
    Acrylic mediums can be used as a glue.  Mediums are extenders for acrylic paints, but have glue properties, too.  Acrylic mediums are water based, so they clean up with soap and water.  They begin as a milky color, but dry clear. For collage, spread it onto the substrate and also to the paper to be glued. The gloss version gives a sheen to your finished project, where the matte version dries to a satin, matte finish. 


    Mod Podge  by Plaid - The name of this now-famous mixture came from the term "Modern Decoupage." Mod Podge® works great as glue. This water-based formula dries clear and holds tight. It will adhere paper, fabric, and other porous materials. Mod Podge® is non-toxic and cleans up with just soap and water, so it's great for kids! It’s a sealer to protect acrylic paints, stains, fabric, and more. And of course, it's also excellent for decoupage.  Sparkle, Gloss, Matte, Outdoor, and Paper formulas available. The Paper formula is acid free. You must check out their blog, Mod Podge Rocks!




    Aleene's®Collage Pauge designed by artist Traci Bautista 
    Collage Pauge gives you instant decoupage. It is easy to use, dries crystal clear, is acid-free and is water resistant. It will seal paper to cardboard, papier-mâché, terra-cotta, wood, canvas, glass and more. Choose from Matte, Glossy, and Sparkles. Acid free.





    This is a waterproof, all-purpose glue and sealer for decoupage, scrapbooking, card making and collage or any craft project where gluing or a sealing top coat is needed. Available in matte and gloss finishes, in two sizes: 1 oz. jar with built-in brush, or 4 oz. jar. Acid-free and non-toxic. 




    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    All About Adhesives Tutorial Series - Wet Adhesives Final

    Rounding out the end of wet adhesives, there's one more thing I wanted to add...a bit of technical stuff, but I'm sure you can handle it. I love knowing all the ins and outs of a product...how it works and why it works the way it does.

     

    All-Purpose Craft Glues/Tacky GluesGlues in this category are easy to clean and dry clear. They are suitable for use on lightweight material such as paper, leather, and some types of wood. 


    Things to consider when using craft glues:
    a)  Water content - Some glues tend to warp the paper due to the amount of water in the glue, so it’s best to always test glue on a scrap paper to see how it will react in your project.
    b)  Discoloration - Some white glues can easily discolor decorative papers and tissues…not a good thing for collages and paper arts.
    c)   pH -  Remember that from Chemistry class?  pH measures the acidity or basicity of a solution. The lower the pH, the more acidic the solution is. The higher the pH, the more basic the solution is.


    Why is this important?
    Acid can migrate from adhesives, paper, art supplies, and memorabilia, causing the papers in your project to eventually darken and become brittle. Not a big deal if you are creating kids crafts, but definitely something to think about if you are a scrapbooker or want to prepare a project that needs to be archival. 

    To find out pH and other important safety info about a product, locate the MDSD (Material Safety Data Sheet) for the product on the company website. It is important to use the MDSD specific to both country and supplier, as the same product (e.g. paints sold under identical brand names by the same company) can have different formulations in different countries.

    OK, all that was pretty technical….I think we’re done now!

    Friday, July 4, 2014

    All About Adhesives Tutorial Series - Wet Adhesives, Part 2

    Welcome back to the tutorial series, All About Adhesives. Today we're finishing up wet adhesives. We'll go over Yes! Paste and dimensional adhesives, two of my favorite adhesives!




    What's your "go-to" adhesive?