How to Choose the Right…Glue! by Jessica Hodges
How many sticky situations have you found yourself in? Probably more than you can count, right? But you know what’s worse than finding yourself in a sticky situation? Finding yourself in a situation that’s in serious need of more sticky!
In this edition of “How to Choose the Right,” Team Shoplet is here to help you find the right glue for each type of sticky situation there is.
While regular, school-appropriate liquid glue always seems to prevail as a top choice, it just doesn’t resolve every type of sticky situation. After all, not all sticky situations are made equal.
The Glitter Situation
“Some girls are just born with glitter in their veins” -Paris Hilton
Glitter. It always gets everywhere, which is always just so totally annoying. The ancient method of working with glitter involves smearing down a bunch of regular liquid glue, dumping a bunch of glitter on top of it, and then shaking off the remaining glitter that didn’t stick; thus, resulting in a giant, glamorous mess.
Yeah. Basically any type of glue will work to keep glitter sticking in the right place. But, let’s be honest, glitter glue is just a smidge more fun and orderly! It’s also great for writing out glittery text, or drawing glittery pictures. Some arts and crafts projects just need a lil’ shine to attract the attention of a passerby!
But what if you want your glitter glue to cover a wider surface area? The DIY obsessed freak in you should try making your own glitter glue! It’s really simple. Just add a bunch of glitter to a container of Modge Podge, mix it all together, and voila! You got yourself a sweet container of glitter glue! Dip a paint brush into your glitter glue mixture and spread it on whichever surface your heart desires- be it a mason jar or a slice of poster board.
The Collage Situation
Do you love collages? Do you make your own? Or maybe you just want to mat down a picture. Modge podge will work fine, especially if you want the finish on your images to be shiny and plasticy. If you’d rather avoid glossing over your image, however, for the sake of preserving its original quality, rubber cement or even a glue stick will work just fine.
Rubber cement is great, because it sticks paper together without wrinkling it. Also, rubber cement does not fix your project in place permanently. If you’re unhappy with the positioning of your picture, with rubber cement, you can peel it apart and re-position it to your liking.
Glue sticks are also great for basic school projects, or pasting images and papers down. The glue of glue sticks also dries clear and is just, in general, super-easy to use.
The Broken Furniture Situation
So you gotta broken table.
Is your broken table made of wood? Try wood glue. Wood glue is totally strong, sets quickly, and leaves a natural, stainable or paintable color. You can use it on both soft or hard wood surfaces.
Is your broken table made of fiber board or chip board and use a laminate finish? (Lots of conference tables in the office are composed of these materials!). Epoxy glue is your glue. Though it can take quite a while to set properly, epoxy glue works on essentially all surfaces. Even tiles and steel! Epoxy glue dries clear, withstands moderate exposure to water or common solvents, is safe for everyday use, and totally conquers all ;)
The Fashion Situation
My favorite shirt! Oh no! It’s torn :( Even worse, IDK how to sew!
Don’t worry! Fabric glue’s here to save the day! There are plenty of different types of fabric glues and most of them won’t let ya down. Make sure that when you’re purchasing fabric glue that you get the exact type that you want. There are some fabric glues that are permanent (for those of us who really don’t sew and depend on fabric glue to hem our pants for us) and there are washable fabric glues (for those of us who just need it to temporarily hold fabric in place as we sew it together). Fabric glue isn’t just great for sewing together your clothes– it’s just great for stitching together all types of fabric.
The Shattered Pottery, Glass, and Flesh Situation
Broken pottery? Vase? Plate? Mug? Sculpture? Glasses? Whatever! Krazy Glue‘s gotchya. When using Krazy Glue on these surfaces, be sure to sand away any remaining paint, old glue, etc. that might interfere with Krazy Glue’s determination to work its adhesive magic. Join all of the parts that need to be stuck together and hold in place for 30 minutes and, soon enough, it’s as good as new!
But the WEIRDEST fact I-bet-you-never-knew about Krazy Glue is that it helps heal major cuts and flesh wounds. Cut your arm really badly? Before running to the hospital for stitches (which you might really need and should not hesitate to get if necessary), Krazy Glue will stopper up profuse bleeding for the time being. Extra cool: Because Krazy Glue’s non-toxic, you won’t suffer from some really bad reaction by having it enter your bloodstream. Additional fun fact: Vietnam soldiers used Krazy Glue as a means of healing some super serious battle wounds. I know…this is a pretty gross topic, but how remarkable, right?? I mean, really though…Pretty Krazy!
Krazy Glue is basically unstoppable! What can’t Krazy Glue fix, you might ask yourself while taking an elated walk on a summer’s day, pondering the amazingness that is ~Krazy Glue~. Unfortunately, Krazy Glue can’t fix all flesh wounds- the metaphorical ones included. For instance, Krazy Glue can’t necessarily mend a broken heart 3.
But, yano what? Krazy Glue is so reliable, loyal, and resilient– it’ll never turn its back on you. How could your heart be broken in the first place? You must be blind. Krazy glue’s totes Krazy 4 U ;)
You know who else loves you? Team Shoplet <3 Thanks for reading :)