Saturday, October 19, 2013

Glues in Review

Stay tuned folks, next week I'll be posting my toilet paper tube hat tutorial! Combining such hobbies as toilet paper tube art and quilling. Today I'm reviewing a good sampling of the glues I own, to find the best bonder for toilet paper tube art projects!

First let's start with the winning combination, then you can read individual reviews after the jump (if that kind of thing really interests you).


My super magical combination: Hot Glue + ZAP Thin CA 
I found that this combo gets you the best of both worlds: Ease of application + the resulting strength and flexibility of thin rigid plastic.

Directions:
  1. WORKING IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA:
  2. Apply a thin layer of hot glue to one piece of toilet paper tube, then connect VERY quickly to another piece. Working time is only a few seconds long.
  3. Next drip ZAP glue along the seam cracks until paper is saturated through and through.
  4. Once everything in your project is complete and dry, saturate the remaining paper completely with the ZAP glue.
  5. UNPLUG THE FREAKING GLUE GUN.


If there are other highly suitable glues that you might suggest, please drop me a line!


(Individual reviews after the jump!)










Research and Development

Glues/Epoxies/Bonders to test:
  • Loctite - Professional Heavy Duty - 5 Min Expoy
  • ZAP Thin CA 
  • Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Amazing E-6000
  • Mod Podge - Paper - Gloss
  • J-B Stick (or other putty Epoxy)
  • Hot Glue (Are there different types of Hot Glue…?)

I'll be testing each for:
Application: Speed, Ease, Drying time, Misc (fumes, mixing, messy, etc...)
Cured: Strength, Flexibility, Rigidity, Deforms easily, Tears/Rips/Peals



Loctite - Professional Heavy Duty - 5 Min Expoy
Application:
Use a coffee stir stick to apply to both sides, then clamp together.
- Con: Toxic vapors
- Con: Slow to set (5 min)
- Con: Slow application
- Con: Doesn't grab and hold - need clamps while drying
- Con: Short working time - need to mix small batches and remix new ones frequently.

Cured:
+ Pro: Strong hold
+ Pro: Somewhat flexible
+ Pro: Strengthens paper
- Con: Tears easily when ripped
- Con: Peals easily - not bonded through and through



ZAP Thin CA 
Application:
Clamp first, then drip glue along the seam cracks until paper is saturated through and through.
+ Pro: Fast to set - still needs clamps while drying
+ Pro: Easy to apply - squeeze bottle, and fills into cracks quickly
- Con: Toxic vapors - made my eyes water!
- Con: Doesn't grab and hold - need clamps while drying
- Con: Messy - Glued my fingers to the object

Cured:
+ Pro: VERY Strong hold - Through and through bond+ Pro: Rigid - Stiff at the bond
+ Pro: Doesn't deform
+ Pro: Doesn't tear when ripped
+ Pro: Completely soaks through and hardens paper tube
+ Pro: Water proof?
+ Pro: Somewhat flexible - like thin rigid plastic
- Con: Snaps completely when broken



Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue
Application:
+ Pro: No fumes!
+ Pro: Easy to apply - squeeze bottle
- Con: Slow to set (10 min)
- Con: Doesn't grab and hold - need clamps while drying

Cured:
+ Pro: Doesn't tear when ripped- Con: Weak hold
- Con: Takes too long to cure completely (24-72 hours)
- Con: Deforms easily - holds the deformation
- Con: Peals easily - not bonded through and through



Amazing E-6000
Application:
Using a coffee stir stick, spread thin layer to both sides, wait 2 min, then clamp together.
+ Pro: Grabs quickly - still needs clamps while drying
- Con: Slow application - 2 min wait time
- Con: Toxic vapors - Seriously, I couldn't stand this for more than 5 min
- Con: Slow to set (5 min)

Cured:
+ Pro: Flexible at the bond
+ Pro: Doesn't tear when bent
+ Pro: Medium Hold
- Con: Tears easily when ripped
- Con: Takes too long to cure completely (24-72 hours)
- Con: Peals easily - not bonded through and through



Mod Podge - Paper - Gloss
Application:
Use coffee stir stick to apply thin coat to both sides, then clamp together.
+ Pro: No fumes!
- Con: Slow application
- Con: Doesn't grab and hold - need clamps while drying 
- Con: Slow to set (15-20 min!)

Cured:
+ Pro: Rigid - Stiff at the bond
- Con: Weak hold
- Con: Deforms easily - holds the deformation 
- Con: Tears easily when ripped- Con: Peals easily - not bonded through and through



J-B Stick (or other putty Epoxy)
Application:
Cut small slice, blend between fingers, put a thin "snake" between sides and clamp together
- Con: Doesn't bond well to paper.
(Review should really end here.)
- Con: Very slow to apply
- Con: Too thick and ridged
- Con: Messy - requires rubber gloves and special clean up
- Con: Short working time - need to mix small batches and remix new ones frequently.
Cured:
- Con: Weak hold
- Con: Thin application cracks easily
- Con: Too thick and ridged
- Con: Peals easily - not bonded through and through



Hot Glue (Are there different types of Hot Glue…?)
Application:
Apply thin layer to one side then connect quickly.
+ Pro: No fumes!
+ Pro: Easy to apply - Hot glue gun
+ Pro: Fast to set
+ Pro: Grabs and holds - no clamps required!
- Con: Painful - Burnt my fingers. A lot. ("Hot glue is hot.")
- Con: Messy - Lots of hot glue "threads" coming off of the piece

Cured:
- Con: Very weak - breaks off easily
- Con: Rips easily - peals off
- Con: Deforms easily



Hot Glue + ZAP Thin CA 
Application:
Apply thin layer of hot glue to one side then connect quickly; next drip ZAP glue along the seam cracks until paper is saturated through and through.
+ Pro: Easy to apply - Hot glue gun THEN ZAP squeeze bottle along seam, no clamps required
+ Pro: Fast to set
+ Pro: Grabs and holds - no clamps required!
- Con: Painful - Burnt my fingers. A lot. ("Hot glue is hot.")
- Con: Less messy - fewer hot glue "threads" coming off of the piece
- Con: Toxic vapors - made my eyes water!
- Con: Less messy - Don't need to hold the joint when super gluing - won't glue fingers together as often

Cured:
+ Pro: VERY Strong hold - Through and through bond+ Pro: Rigid - Stiff at the bond
+ Pro: Doesn't deform
+ Pro: Doesn't tear when ripped
+ Pro: Completely soaks through and hardens paper tube
+ Pro: Water proof?
+ Pro: Somewhat flexible - like thin rigid plastic
+ Pro: Doesn't snaps completely when broken (bends before breaks wherever there was hot glue)

2 comments:

  1. How about some photos of completed projects?

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    1. I am working on it... In the mean time, here's a really cool page that my friend Christian sent me to: http://www.thistothat.com/

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