From craft making to home making, glues, adhesives and gums are used extensively. And those who actively engage in making would know there is no worse feeling than getting to know that the company has stopped manufacturing it and are selling another version of it. It is heartbreaking and so many thoughts like: why, what was wrong with it, it was perfect, I should have bought a dozen etc etc cloud your head.
Apart from strength,
The reasons for a glue to become your favourite could be how easily it comes off your hands, how it smells and something as stupid as, how your fingers stick together to never part without intervention…As much as it is fun, at a subconscious level, you start to believe in the strength of such glues.
The Project Factor
Of course, the Fevi family glues we use for craft work, who doesn’t enjoy hours of peeling the layers off the hands. But then, Fevicol is like a childhood buddy – a fond partner and always available. However, you need the expert sticky solutions as the projects turn complex and the end-products need to withstand all the treacheries of nature.
This is not a product review post.
Just some observations from years of making and some viewpoints of other makers about which one they love to work with and why…
- So Fevicol is it. And Fevibond is better, stronger. But the moment, paper becomes even a tiny piece of thread, you need to look around. Switching to the Fabric Glue can be helpful.
- The Fabric Glue…goes a long way, really long. But, if exposure to the water element is the fate of your end-product, switch to Fevikwik. This one falls in the category of great strength, non-smelly, playful category. This is the one where your fingers stick together before you realize it. It is so quick at drying and sticking that it doesn’t give you much time to re-do anything…
- Some children even said, “This is the glue for grown-ups.” They insisted on sticking to their Fevicol tubes.
- The Araldite type: A project must involve complex materials for bringing out the true strength of this adhesive. Its name has that Schwarzenegger kinda sturdiness which obviously keeps the faint-hearted away. In home settings, the smell keeps the pet away for the time you are working with it. The hardener and the resin mix from the two tubes has to be of a certain consistency else it doesn’t work. The Purple Frog didn’t form a great bond with it. However, home-making experts spotted at a hardware store swore by it.
- The winner here at The Purple Frog so far is this Silicone RTV kinda glue (Pidibond/Silicone are the names of products used here). The Purple Frog can go on and on about how-it-wows. No smell, no mixing guidelines to be followed, non-cumbersome, non-lumpy, clear, just-in-time drying that gives ample time to adjust your work, works well with slippery materials like glass & mirror. All this and it perfectly sticks. Treacheries of nature and not-so-gentle care also keep the stickiness going…love it.
Thing this week
Up-cycled a jar with mirrors. Tried many types of glue. Silicone RTV came to rescue; however, there was an older version of it, that wasn’t available at the store. Still miss it. It was better. Such is the love for the perfect glue. It just lingers…
Called the Sherlock Jar, it is available at The Purple Frog Store.
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