Saturday 4 April 2015

Spray Adhesive Review

         Hi Crafters, Dr Sonia here back to the crafting world after a brief sabbatical and special thanks to all who messaged and mailed me to ask why I was missing!Shalini announcing the new dynamic DT was just the impetus to get me back to crafting! Thank you Shalini for being such an understanding and wonderful person to work for!
Glue Spray
This is a super long post but if you have been following my blog and my DT posts here at Crafters Corner I guess you will be used to my photo packed reviews and tutorials!
Adhesives are every crafter's necessity and I had always been intrigued on reading about spray adhesives on craft sites so it was especially exciting to get my hands on a spray E6000!
Spray adhesive
In case you missed the other adhesive reviews here are the links: Super Adhesive E6000 glue Review and 12 Uses of Red Tacky Tape
What is a spray adhesive...?
Simply put  its a glue you can spray on real quick and easy! If you are like me and love spray painting you will understand my excitement when Shalini got spray adhesives  to Crafters Corner !
What is especially cool about E6000 Spray adhesive?
Not all spray adhesives are the same. Many spray adhesives are toxic and I even saw one in the local market which even had a scary label saying it was inflammable!
The E6000 spray  is non toxic ,has no smell [ unlike the E6000 tube glue],and you dont have to use it outdoors [since most crafters work indoors this is especially advantageous!].And the big plus point for me is you can use it with children around and yeah even little crafter can have a go at spray gluing as its nontoxic and so easy to use!
Tips to use E6000 Spray
It is super easy to use the E6000 spray adhesive but here are a few tips I would like to share
  • Keep your project to be sprayed on a  plastic sheet to protect the surrounding area from the glue spray - the spray is like a fine mist and yes it will fall on adjacent areas but it can be easily cleaned with plain water if needed.
    Spray Adhesive
    • Keep a glass of water at hand while using the spray. Once you finish using the spray.....unscrew the cap, dip the nozzle with the tubing into the glass of water and spray...the water will spray out of the spray mechanism and it will clean it so that your glue spray bottle nozzle does not get clogged.
       Nozzle cleaning
    • Drying time depends on the material you are using it on...metal and plastic can take hours to dry while paper dries in minutes.
    Materials you can use it on
    The E 6000 spray can be used on a huge range of materials : Paper, Wood, Cardboard, foil,Fabric,Foam, Thermocol[styrofoam], Glass, Plastic,Metals etc
    Special Properties 
    • Photo-safe 
    • Dries clear
    • Fairly strong adhesive
    • Does not Yellow
    • Non toxic
    Sharing a few of my experiments with this awesome Spray Glue
    1. Gluing Glitter and Sequins
    The first thing that came to mind on thinking of a spray glue was trying it with glitter and sequins.
    My little girl is ever ready to try out new products and she is the one who eagerly inspects all the DT goodies Shalini keeps sending us!
    Spray glue
    Spray the glue from a distance of 8- 10 inches from the surface. Here we chose the super slippery CD to glitterify![yeah there is no such word as glitterify...but I am sure there will be in a few years time!!]I originally wanted to stick on a circle of felt on to the CD but the felt seemed to slip off and we didnt have the patience to put a weight on it or allow it time to dry.
    Add sequins and glitter
    So on went a generous sprinkling of glitter and sequins.
    gorgeous glitter - sequin  covering
    Dont you just love the thick shimmery coating! But if you poke at it some sequins will fall off! 
    Verdict- avoid sequin- glitter combination while spray gluing or alternatively spray between the layers.And glitter sticks better to paper and plastic than a CD.
    Sospeso Transparente 
    I added Sospeso Transparente blooms and a few heat embossed parchment flowers and pearls  to my glittery red background .
    Sospeso Transparente 
    My kiddo was quite critical of how this altered CD looked and kept suggesting how to improve it but try as I might it didnt quite reach her standards!
    Sospeso Transparente 
    2. Altering curved and odd shaped objects
    Many of us love beautifying objects we buy or have at home. Covering with pattern paper and painting are the most popular ways to alter something but if the object had lots of curves regular gluing can be quite tricky .
    Altered art
    Here is the boring cello-tape cutter and pen-stand my kiddo and I altered using E6000 spray and good old glitter.
    Spray glue
    Here is my little crafter using the spray glue .When I spray paint I usually dont allow her anywhere in the vicinity so that she wont inhale toxic paint fumes but since the spray glue was non toxic I allowed her to use it to her hearts content!
    The glue dries pretty fast so you have be ready to sprinkle on your glitter on the sprayed surface!
    See uniform cover of glue and glitter
    I love how the spray glue leaves a thin uniform layer of glue on the object it is sprayed on [ as you can see by the white film of glue in the picture above] and this helps to get a beautiful uniform covering of glitter.
    Glittered Stationary set
    We used silver and blue glitter to get a 2 toned effect.
    Heartfelt creations flowers
    The heat embossed parchment[vellum] flowers were made using the heart felt creations sun kissed fleur stamp and die set.
    Heart felt creations flowers
    I inked the embossed flowers with distress inks to match the glittery blue background !
    Pen Stand Set
    3.Using with Stencils
    If you are a seasoned crafter you will be well versed with different ways to use stencils but if you are a novice here are 2 simple tutorials showing how to use Stencils: Stencil Art tutorial , Stencil Glitter Art tutorial
    What is especially wonderful about using spray glues with stencils is its super quick and easy
    Though I have shown 2 small sized projects here , you can hand-cut / die cut or use store bought stencils [ Crafters Corner has some beautiful Stencil designs] to quickly decorate large surfaces for eg a birthday party. Wouldnt it be fun to stencil a child's name  in glitter on balloons or banners for a fun birthday party...the ideas are unlimited!
    Stencil + Glitter
    Tape the stencil to paper/ cardboard/ thermocol/ balloon or whatever it is you want to add glitter to . You can use any kind of glitter.....sophisticated glitters such as the yummy distress glitter I have shown above or local glitters for your first experiments.
    Spray stencil
    Place the Paper- stencil on a plastic sheet and spray from a distance of 8- 10 inches. I gave just 2 squirts and got a nice even coverage as shown below.
    Sprayed stencil
    Pour glitter on the stencil

    You can smear the glitter on gently with your fingers to help improve adhesion.

    Tap off glitter
    Tap off excess glitter and remove the stencil from the paper.
    Stencilled Lord Ganapathi
    I was surprised myself at how beautiful it looked
    Stencilled Glittered Ganapathi
    Here you can see the neat mess unlike liquid glue and it was so quick too!
    Spray Glue Art
    Since it was my first experiment and frankly I hadnt expected such good results I hadnt taken much care to mask off areas of the die cut , so if you look closely you can see glitter on the edges of my die cut where the spray glue had fallen and glitter adhered!
    And since my first try turned out so good , here is another one using a Christmas tree stencil.
    Stencil + Spray glue
    Tape stencil to paper
    Stencil + Spray glue + Glitter
    Add glitter generously and even smear gently with your fingers[ yeah maybe you dont need to touch and get your fingers glittery... its just an obsessive compulsive habit of mine!]
    Glitter + Spray Glue
    Tap off the excess glitter, whip off the stencil and "Ooh and Aah " at the beauty you created!
    Glitter + Spray Glue
    Now a super important tip: Dont forget to wash your stencils quickly. In my excitement at the gorgeous results of my experiment I forgot about cleaning my stencils and found that the glitter had stuck on quite fast and strongly to the plastic surface of the stencil! I had to actually use a brush and vigorously scrub for several minutes before I could get the glitter off! Goes to show that the glue spray is pretty strong!
    Glitter stuck on stencil
    4.Gluing something extremely thin 
    Plastic sheets
    Spray glue is the ideal adhesive if you want to glue something super thin and flimsy such a plastic wrapping material or foil quickly and easily.
    You could use red tacky tape too for that but red tacky tape gives you no leeway..once you stick something on cant change your mind and try and re-position it! With glue spray you do get a little margin of time to fiddle around with your positioning [ very handy for the perfectionist trait in all of us!]as it does not create an instant bonding but takes a little time like other wet glues.
    Spray glue and stick
    I had this roll of wood grain design plastic sheet which was so thin I really couldnt use it for anything apart from wrapping gifts[ a waste to use such a pretty design to wrap gifts!]Sprayed the E 6000 glue on the plastic and  gently stuck it on a sheet of card.
    Super adhesion
    I was thrilled at how easy and mess free it was and I didnt even get wrinkles! This one is yet to be turned into a crafty project.
    5.Gluing Metal and Foam
    Metal Cans
    Metal and foam are both especially tough materials to stick things on. Normal PVA glue is messy and takes a lot of patience and time. Red Tacky tape is perfect to glue metal and foam and I have shared projects in this post : 12 Red Tacky Tape Projects but I wanted to see how well the glue spray worked so
    I tried to alter the tin cans shown above by spraying glue and sticking textured foam sheets
    Foam on Metal
    In a review I like to share exactly what a product does so that when you use it you know exactly what to expect.In the picture above you can see the foam sheet lifting up at the edges and if you pull it at this point it will lift right off the metal tin.....well does that mean the spray glue wont work on metal...well works beautifully on metal...but you have to actually hold the surfaces together to allow it to bond! I was expecting a super quick adhesion like the red tacky tape forgetting that the spray glue is actually a mist of liquid glue.
    Metal + foam
    I used masking tape to hold the edges together in the yellow tin and just plain finger pressure on the orange tin and within minutes I got perfect adhesion.
    Heartfelt creations Flowers
    Added Parchment flowers made using my current favorite Heartfelt creations sun kissed fleur stamp- die set.
    Parchment flowers
    6.Gluing intricate punch outs and die cuts
    Nowadays die designs are becoming more and more intricate and beautiful  but gluing them to your projects with normal white PVA liquid glue can be tricky especially if your die cut is white!
    Intricate die cuts
               Gluing delicate Martha Stewart punch outs and lacy die cuts  using regular glue can be so time end up either missing lots of those delicate curves or end up squishing too much liquid glue which oozes out and leaves marks on your project when you stick it. I am sure you have wished like me that there was an easier way to firmly glue down those delicate paper cut outs we all love.
    Delicate Die cuts
            The spray glue comes in quite handy here as you can get a gentle mist of glue on your delicate die cut/punched out paper with just one or 2 squirts and stick it on easily . When I read some of the online reviews on the spray glue this particular use of the spray adhesive seems to be quite popular among crafters
    Tombow Glue Pen
          Another alternative adhesive for gluing delicate die cuts is the glue pen...the one shown above by Tom bow can be used just like a pen to roll over a thin line of glue over tiny areas.
    When you hear decoupage...the ever popular adhesive -sealant "modpodge" or other specialzed decoupage liquid glues come to mind! But successful decoupaging with Modpodge is a process requiring patience and finesse!
    Decoupaging Plastic
    Well how about if you are in a mood for a quick decoupage session with minimal mess, no brushes and little fuss....get out your  glue spray and spray it on!!
    Decoupaged Box
    In this altered project I sprayed both the paper and the plastic box with glue spray and while I sprayed the paper I made  sure I had a glue mist on all the edges so that it wouldn't lift off at the edges in future .
    Decoupaged Box
    I used only my hands to firmly adhere the paper on to the plastic surface as unlike Mod podge there  is not much liquid glue to squeeze out or wrinkle your paper.
    Decoupaged Box
    Kept the embellishment simple with just a handmade rose and some Sue Wilson faux quilled die cut leafy branches
    Spellbinders Rose
    The little shimmery white flowers are again embossed parchment flowers made using the same Heartfelt creations sun kissed fleur set I have been using in many of the projects in this post
    Decoupaged Box Set
    And here is the glue spray decoupaged box with matching penstand and paper holder decoupaged using actually cant make out any difference!

    Yeah that's it for now folks...7 ways to use the Glue Spray E 6000. Thank you so much for staying with me till the end!
    I do hope you enjoyed this lengthy tell me how it is.

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    1. Another absolutely amazing post and review by you, Dr.Sonia. Thank you so much for all this indepth detail regarding the E6000 Spray Adhesive. You have created such gorgeous projects using it and your little helper really shines! :)

      1. Thank you so much Hussena...your words mean the world to me

    2. I totally agree with Hussena...thank you for sharing all tips n ideas...loved all ur projects... N your little one is as talented n ready to help as you..:)

      1. Hehe yes Daksha...she loves to try out new crafty supplies!

    3. well explained review dear. thanks for clearing all my doubts

      1. Thank you so much for the kind words little info is there on the net I had to really experiment on this one!

    4. What a detailed review.... you make product shine from all the angles. Always love to read your posts. Thanks for sharing.

      1. Thank you so much nice to hear such kind words..since I was not was a struggle to think up creative ideas and was not at all confident how the post would turn out!

    5. Excellent post Doc! As usual extremely well explained! Thanks for sharing :)

      1. Thank you so much are always a sweetheart!

    6. Dr Sonia u r blessed with tutorial skills...i m sure u know very well how to write complete thesis ......
      The dedication which u have in explaining things is just commendable.
      Thanks for another well prepared post .....

      1. Thank you so much fact the spray has so much potential...I have left quite a bit un explored like fabric and you are a fabulous boss to work for!

    7. This is such an amazing review.. I think I want to lay my hands on this for sure.. thanks for the amazing review doc..

      1. Thank you so much Khushboo...always a delight when your name pops up in a comment to my have always been such a supportive blogger pal

    8. Awesome sonia now I know where u were missing all these days, welcome back n back with a bang!! very informative and lovely review.

      1. Hehe Sharada...I was not missing because of the projects...they actually didnt take that much time and my lil girl was there to help!

    9. Each of your creations is unique and stylish! I loved the decoupage box too! Gorgeous die cuts and glitter work. Amazing art Sonia!
      Suchi xx

      1. Thank you so much Suchi...loved dropping by your blog and seeing the paintings and mural work!

    10. Another fantastic review doc! Only u could do that.... Hats off

    11. Wow one more well written post ! I think shalini can combine all your posts and make a buyers guide ;) Guiding buyers on +ve n -ves of a product with some beautiful samples ! I loved all your projects and pen stand being my favorite !

      1. Hehe Thank you Pooja a guidebook!! what an awesome idea!


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