Glues have been around for thousands of years and originally were made from natural substances such as plant fibers and
starches, animal bones, fish scales and animal hides. Some glues were even made from egg whites and cheese. Glues
are very high tech now and it is important to understand how glue works and the most effective glue for the task at hand.
No one glue works for every project but some glues will work well for a variety of jobs. So if you have many different
containers and types of glue, you are probably off to a good start.
Always choose a glue appropriate for the surfaces you will be adhering.
Non Porous Surface~These are surfaces such as glass,metal, ceramics, plastic, and even glossy paper. These
surfaces are typically shiny and slick and do not absorb moisture.
Semi-Porous~ These include coated paper, rubber, fun foams, treated wood. These surfaces absorb some moisture
but do so slowly and unevenly.
Porous~ Most papers, plaster, cardboard, unsized fabrics, untreated wood. They absorb moisture quickly
and evenly. These qualities make it easy for glue to adhere.
Five General Guidelines to Consider before Glueing:
1. Consider the materials you are glueing together, the end use of the project and the appearance of the product.
A. Will glue create a good bond?
B. What type of surface is it?
C. Does surface need advance preparation? Every surface should be clean, dry and
free of dirt and oil before you attempt to glue it together.
D. Will glue need to be flexible on the finished project?
E. Does glue dry hard or soft?
F. Will the fnial project be washable, water resisitant or dry cleanable?
G. Does glue dry clear, white or colored?
H. Is the glue permanent giving long term durability and permanence,
I. Fast or slow drying glue?
2. Decide which is the easiest glue to use and apply.
3. What kind of cleanup is necessary after the glue is applied?
4. Remember important precautions for glue use.
A. Is it toxic, non-toxic, flammable?
B. Do you need to work in well ventilated area?
5. Consider the price of the glue in relationship to the project.
A. Do you need an expensive high tech glue when a less expensive brand will do an equally sufficient