If you are into several arts, crafts, and hobbies, you will probably spend a lot of time gluing one thing into another. This is why as a crafter you will want to invest in the right types of adhesives, used for certain types of crafting projects. Of course you can always use white glue and glue gun, but for heavier projects or those that require very strong adhesion, stronger adhesives like epoxy are usually your best bet.
Choosing the right type of glue
Different types of glues or adhesives work wonderfully for a variety of materials, so it's best to choose an adhesive that is made specifically for the materials you will be using in your crafts. Do you use lots of paper or cardboard in your projects? Or perhaps you plan to use fabric and paper? Are you into jewelry making and will therefore require a more specialized type of adhesive? The materials you will be using often dictate the type of adhesive that you need.
How much adhesion strength is required?
A strong adhesive is usually not required for paper to paper gluing, and fabric glue works best with fabric and in gluing accessories, such as gems and plastic rhinestones, to various types of fabric. However if you plan on working with wood, plastic, or even metal, make sure your adhesive is up to the challenge. Glue gun is often strong enough, and will usually stand up to the gluing demands of many crafters, but if you're doing jewelry or crafting home decors, a more reliable adhesive is often needed.
Industrial strength epoxy is a versatile adhesive that bonds a wide range of materials, from wood, glass, and ceramic to rubber, metal, leather, and plastic. Epoxy is an excellent adhesive to use if you are doing glass crafts or if you are into jewelry making. While glue gun may work with stones and metal, constant washing will weaken the bond and cause the stones to come off.
Buying your adhesive
Glues and adhesives are available in many craft stores nearest you or even online. Before buying check the product features first to ensure that the adhesive will work excellently with your projects. The 1 min Instant Mix Epoxy from Loctite ensures accurate application and adhesion to materials such as ceramic, glass, wood, and tile. This epoxy takes only a minute to set, and with its strong adhesion capabilities, you are assured of complete and successful bonding on your favorite crafts and hobbies without the fuss.