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3-1-11

February 18, 2011

Taking a page from the WWE I will be unvieling my mask on 3-1-11 (And no I’m not Sting). Will my mask be as cool as Tiger Masks? Probably not but for now checkout the awesome match with him and American Dragon Bryan Danielson.

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Bright Eyes- Bowl of Oranges

February 18, 2011

I’m not a huge fan of Bright Eyes but I am of their video for the song  Bowl of Oranges. I always get a little giddy when I see crafts or hear about crafts in a song or music video. This by far is one of my favorites.

E-6000

February 18, 2011

E-6000 has ruined me for all other glues. I’m hooked and nothing can tear us apart.

That being said it is not perfect. So here are the Pros and Cons:

PROS:

1) It is the strongest glue on the market. Seriously no other glue can compare.

2) Easy clean up. If you get it on your hands, just rub them together and it will come right off. If you get it on a table top do the same thing. If it’s a dried up little puddle just grab some pliers and with a little muscle it will come right up.

3) It works on almost everything including glass, metal, wood and plastic.

4) Waterproof

5) Clear

6) Flexible

CONS:

1) Very messy. It tends to ooze from the bottle with just a little bit of pressure.

2) It’s thick and takes time to get used to. (that’s what she said)

3) I wouldn’t recommend it for use on children’s projects because of its strong smell.

4) It needs 24 hours before it’s completely dry. It will feel like it’s dry in 30 minutes but you have to give it time.

5) Pretty Expensive but a well taken care of bottle will last a long time.

6) Not made for paper. Don’t even try. It’s to thick.

TIPS:

1) Put the glue on a plate and use a toothpick to apply it. Try not to have a fan on or be next to a air conditioner vent. This will make it goopy on top like pudding.

2) The glue tends to ooze from the sides when your gluing 2 things together but if you wait for it to dry your can just pull of the excess with tweezers.

3) The glue works best on a porous surface. For best results give the item your gluing and were your gluing a little sand and your bond will be pretty much permanent.

4) Try and keep your glue in a drawer. It it’s exposed to to much cold the bottle will go bad. even if the bottle is closed.

5) Always wipe off your bottle after every use. That or just try and be quick about closing it. The glue is so strong it will seal your bottle shut. If it does get a little hard to open just use some pliers.

UN-DU

February 18, 2011

UN-DU sticker, tape and label remover is one of those products that I can’t even believe exists sometimes.

We used to sell it at the craft store I work for. It sold really well and there where half used bottles of it all over the store because everyone loved it so much. We deleted this product about 3 years ago and I have no idea why. It’s not carried in any of the major craft stores that I know of so if you want this baby your gonna have to buy it online and believe me if you do it’s well worth the money.

What it does:

Ever put down a sticker and almost immediately regretted it. Just put a little bit of UN-DU on top, let it dry (which only takes seconds) and the sticker will come right off and get this…… It will even be stickier then when you first put it down. How? you ask. I have no idea but it’s really cool.

Why it’s great:

1) Acid Free and photo safe.

2) Great for home and office.

3) One bottle lasts forever once you realize not that much solution is really needed. The solution is really thin. Like water almost so it just flows out of the bottle. It takes some getting used to.

4) This may sound silly but it’s fun to watch it work. The fact that the solution disappears so fast and doesn’t harm, wrinkle or discolor your project is really cool. Almost like a magic trick.

Cost:

Prices start at about $7 plus shipping but boy is worth it.

Craft Adhesives

February 16, 2011

Crafters use some sort of glue for almost every project but lets face it some glues just aren’t worth their hefty price tags and most don’t stay on the market very long.  I could go though and name off every glue that’s out there but instead I’m going to focus on what I feel are the best amd worst glues on the market. Starting off with my favorite. The all mighty E-6000!

E-6000 – I use E-6000 for pretty much everything. I haven’t gone without a bottle in my house since I was introduced to it over five years ago. All of my jewelry is made with this glue and my mom uses it when she makes her mosaics. Between the two of us I can honestly say we’ve used over a 100 bottles in our crafting career. Works on wood, metal, plastic and ceramic. I featured E-6000 in my Workers section. Click here for more information.

G-S Hypo Cement – Is another one of my favorite glues with the best applicator I’ve ever seen. Perfect for fine work like setting rhinestones.

Elmer’s School Glue – You can’t go wrong with plain old elmer’s school glue it has so many uses. Add it to grout to make it stronger or water it down and use it to make paper mache but please stick to the elmer’s brand. I’ve tried cheaper versions and it’s just not the same.

Aleene’s Tacky Glue – I like to think of tacky glue as just a step up from school glue. I’d use it on things like felt and cardboard.

Now on to some of the other glues on the market that I just wasn’t very happy with.

Gorilla Glue – It foams up and if you read the instructions it tells you it works best if you use a vice. Maybe I would use this for large wood work but in my book I just don’t think it’s crafter friendly.

The Amazing Goop – It works as Shoe Goo and that’s about it. I would expect more from the people that make E-6000.

Aleene’s Fusion – Probably the worst glue I’ve ever used. Everything I used it on fell right apart with the pressure test I perform on my jewelry. Another thing that really bothered me about this glue is a pretty famous crafter was in a promotional add for this glue and I totally bought it thinking it had to be good. Now I think she didn’t even try it and just took the money and ran, tsk tsk.

The Glue Gun – Works great for floral and feather projects but other then that it’s the worst. The thing that bothers me the most is watching craft shows and seeing them decorating a jewelry box or a frame with a glue gun. I have been known to yell at the screen and say “Your shit is gonna fall apart dumbass!!!” Ok if you just want to glue something together for the time being or don’t care about the quality of the things you are selling or hanging on your walls go crazy.

Super Glue – Now let’s be honest you guys. Have you ever used any form of super glue and it actually worked? You know what I lied it’s great for gluing my fingers together.

Expect a blog on scrapbooking adhesives in the near future and if there is a glue you’d like me to review or you think I left something off this list let me know in the comments below.