To kick of Adhesive Week, I’m starting with a paper crafting adhesive, the Glue Arts‘ Glue Glider Pro. For those of you who might be unfamiliar, the Glue Glider is a dry-adhesive dispenser, unspooling a perforated line of double sided tape. It’s activated only by pressure, no triggers of buttons on this one. The GGP applies a line of adhesive about 1/4 of an inch wide.
I made a little brag book for my first project-so I was testing how the GGP worked on scrapbook paper, cardboard, cardstock, photographs, and even ribbon. The adhesive was easy to apply and held GREAT on all those surfaces!
I also used the Glue Glider Pro on my Travel journal- I used it to adhere the folds of the watercolor paper together. I did notice some separation when I put a heavier item in the pocket. But then again, it was 85 degrees and high humidity when I was using it! In any event, I removed the offending item, pressed the pages back together, and came home. Still sticking!
I felt like I’d used the GGP for most common papercrafting/ home use items. Did I try to stick a penny to a piece of paper? Well, no. Because I don’t think that the Glue Glider Pro is really meant for that. (Actually, they have other product for that, like Extreme Adhesive Squares. But that’s a review for another day!)
So now I’d like to go over some of the “comfort” and “ease” aspects of the review- specifically, how easy it is to use straight out of the package.
The handle is ergonomic and fits really comfortably in the hand. (Compared the the industrial tape gun I’ve been using, this thing is a Godsend!) The clear casing allows you to see exactly how much tape you’ve got left, too- no more getting halfway through a project and then realizing you’re out of tape!
For that matter, the GGP is a little larger than most of the little, cheap adhesive runners I’ve used, and it holds a goodly amount of product. It’s a nice size for medium are larger projects- you won’t have to stop and re-load as often. Again, compared to the other dry adhesive runners or guns I’ve used, this is a huge bonus. Either the runners are comfortable to use and don’t hold enough product to get through a project, or they are too large (like my industrial one) and it’s unwieldy to use and difficult to store.
And my favorite feature of the Glue Glider Pro? How easy it is to change out the cartridge. Take a look at this little video:
Isn’t that great? I mean, if the the adhesive is good, then ease of use is the next most important thing- and the Glue Glider Pro wins in that category, hands down! So for that reason….
I give it the Craft Test Dummies Seal of Approval!
So here’s the nitty gritty: the Glue Glider Pro retails for $14.99, and the refills come in for $8.99 in the following versions:
- Perma Tac (what I used for this review)
- High Tac
- 1/4 Perma Squares
- Fabric Bond (can’t wait to try that one!)
Have you used the Glue Glider Pro? Have an opinion to share? I’d love to hear from you…
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