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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Confessions of an Adhesive & Sealant Junkie

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World's Best Crafty Adhesives and Sealants That Should Be In Your Kit
*in my humble opinion*

Aleene's is one of those brands that you just know makes good stuff. If you're ever in doubt just get Aleene's and you'll be fine. No, they don't pay us to say things like that. But if you work for Aleene's and you want to send me a giant box of magical glues and sprays, please go right ahead. The ones I can't live without:

Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue, $1.72 for four ounces. The fall back glue for when you don't know what to use. Super strong and it's very useful that it is clear when your attention to detail is poor like mine.

Aleene's Crystal Clear Tacky Spray, $4.49. Spray Adhesive is one of those things you don't think you need until you use it, then you're like, oh i should have always had this. It allows you to glue paper to paper (or other non-pourous stuff) with no lumps and bumps, and dries almost instantly. I like this one the best because you also have a few seconds to lift the item and re-position it before it dries.

Aleene's Stop Fraying, $2.88 for four ounces. This is a white glue that dries clear that you use for fabric edges to keep them from fraying. It is handy if you serge to place a dot where two stitch lines meet. Also useful if you have a tiny hole in something and you want to keep it from getting bigger. I also use it on the edges of cotton webbing (like when I made the replacement Doll Stroller seat). It's just a great thing to have if you sew.

Aleene's Fabric Stiffening and Draping Liquid, $5.70. This isn't something you MUST HAVE but it's pretty fun. It hardens fabric, from a little hard to hard-as-a-rock depending on how you use it. You can make firm bows and doily bowls and snowflakes, which make lovely gifts and cost so little. Just a fun thing to have!

Best Test Rubber Cement - $7.19. Honestly I just love this because it reminds me of being a kid in school and getting it on my fingers and peeling it off into a little ball.

And of course a Hot Glue Gun, $4.85. I've had a super cheap mini one for over six years and it's all I've ever needed - from little paper projects to my king size headboard.

Krylon Clear Polyurethane, $4.79. This sealer basically puts a plastic coating on top of whatever you spray it on. It's very thin but it protects your finished project from moisture and the elements. I have noticed over time that it turns a slight shade of yellow, possibly only visible to me, but I have stopped using it for mod podge projects that are white or bright. I think it is best for wood projects and things meant to go outdoors and get rained on, in which case it is invaluable. I just picked up the can and it says "adds a warm luster" so I think that means "turns it slightly yellow" ha.

Aleene's Spray Acrylic Sealer, $7.02. This is what I now use to seal all those Mod Podge coasters and vases and step stools any other decoupage project. Dries quickly, easy to apply, keeps the moisture out and retains the original color. If you decoupage you NEED THIS. If you don't use it your decoupaged items can suffer water damage, or worst of all, melt.

Mod Podge. I'm not going to bore you by explaining why you need this again. Just get some in glossy and matte and make some stuff! Search "mod podge" in our search box for projects.

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At January 30, 2012 at 2:42 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks for your suggestions! I'm planning to make some Mod Podge coasters and am excited to try Aleene's Spray Acrylic Sealer like you mentioned. How many coats do you typically use and how long to do let them "cure" before they can be used? (I tried using some other sealers that melted when I put a hot drink on the coasters, so I'm excited to try the Aleene's sealer!)


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