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This guide aims to help you get to grips with the basics of glues & adhesives, looking at the different types of basic and specialist glues available, alternative types of adhesive you could use, and a comparison between the use of adhesives with materials!
Instead of glue, there other adhesive alternatives to bond materials together in crafting, often preferred due to how mess-free they are. Here, we take a look at the different adhesives commonly used in crafting, explaining their primary purposes and benefits.
Spray adhesive is available in permanent, semi-permanent and temporary forms, and can adhere a whole host of materials, depending on the spray type. General spray adhesive is the most commonly used spray as it can join paper, foam, fabric and more, depending on the strength. It's popular for use in scrapbooking, silk flower arrangements and model making.
Epoxy resin is a two-part adhesive that can repair metal, ceramics and plastic. It's also ideal for use in jewellery making and pottery to produce a shiny coating, depending on the epoxy resin type.
Glue dots are permanent double-sided adhesives used to bond small items together, such as embellishments. Perfect for discrete sticking, they're ideal for use in card making and scrapbooking.
Tape pens dispense gently, smoothly and quickly for precise positioning every time. Perfect for matting and layering, they allow you to get right into the corners of paper and card.
Masking tape is made up of easy-tear paper and can be used for a variety of craft projects, traditionally coming in a low tack form. It's best suited for painting, art and DIY projects.
Clear tape is a standard general-purpose tape that can be used in gift wrapping and box making, amongst many other papercraft projects. This reliable tape is transparent to blend into your work.
Foam tape and pads are perfect for use on papercraft projects to create 3D effects. They're especially useful for making shaker cards, using in decoupage and for applying toppers.
Washi tape is perfect for many craft and DIY projects and has a similar consistency to masking tape, however is much more decorative. Typically made from natural fibres, this tape is strong, functional and extremely pretty – you can find it in an array of colours, designs and with different shaped edges (i.e. scalloped).
Tissue tape is a transparent adhesive-backed tissue, often coming with decorative accents printed onto it. This sheer adhesive is generally used to bind lightweight materials together or to add that extra decorative detail.
Finger lift tape is a double-sided tissue tape, specially designed for people who find it really fiddly when peeling back the tape's edge. This tape has a backing liner that is wider than the tape itself, making it quicker and easier to remove. It has similar uses to masking tape.
Quilter's tape is specially developed for quilters, designed to hold fabric together while it's being worked on. This allows you to concentrate more on stitching and less on ensuring that the fabric pieces are evenly placed! Available in a variety of colours, this specialist tape will not leave any unsightly residue on your projects.