So the genesis of this review came from an unlikely place- Twitter! Once of my followers asked me if I knew of a non-toxic glue to use with kids that would adhere as well as E-6000 for sticking pin backs onto ceramic pieces.Â After a lively back-and-forth, I set out to see what I could find- and there at JoAnn’s, there I found Kids Choice Glue by Beacon Adhesives.
I read the fine print on the back of the packaging- it reads as follows:
|â€¢||Winner of the 2000 Crafts/Craftrends Award of Excellent for Best Adhesive of the Year.|
|â€¢||Great for paper, wood, felt, leather, shells, beads, sand, fabric, cork, glitter, papier mache, cardboard, and much more.|
|â€¢||Super thick and never runny for instant grab.|
|â€¢||Great for paper, wood, felt, leather, shells, beads, sand, fabric, cork, glitter, papier mache|
|â€¢||Non-toxic formula; no unpleasant odor.|
|â€¢||Easy clean-up with just soap and water.|
Sounds like just the thing!
So of course I buy it, take it home , and crack it open.
I was surprised at first that it was white glue- for some reason I thought (like E-6000) it might be clear. I also took a good whiff- and the package is right. There is almost NO odor. Really! It’s amazing, considering other wet-adhesive odors. Certainly a plus.
Just a word about viscosity- while this is a white glue, it is NOT what you are used to! This is a SUPER thick glue. It’s so thick that I made a puddle of it on my work table and was able to pick up a large bead of glue using a toothpick. It’s thicker than honey but not as thick as say, toothpaste. When you put this glue on, it stays put. You could easily use a palette knife to apply it!
I made a quick swatch sheet adhering different surfaces to cardstock:
The Kid’s Choice glue held them all snugly- especially the foamies! This was a surprise, because usually a regular white glue doesn’t adhere to foamies. I even tugged at the little heart, and it held fast!
Because our main concern was adhering a non-porous surfaces, I went straight for my ultimate test: stacking buttons to make rings.
After letting the glue set dry for 24 hours, I checked the button rings first. Out of the 3 I glued, two held fast even when applying moderate pressure. However, the third one came loose. I think that there was an air pocket in between the ring base and the button stack, so I think the trick is to make sure that all the surfaces are well-covered with glue AND have the most surface contact they can.
Now, as for the polymer clay piece, it held marvelously. I totally would use it for this application again.
Now, my only real ding to the product is because of the packaging. It’s packaged in a foil-type tube, so once you apply some pressure, that glue is going to glob out. There’s no way of applying it from the tube, either, because there’s no tip- just the 3/8″ opening. Lastly, you can’t even stand it up to try and save the product from spilling onto your table. My advice? Keep a sheet of freezer paper or a paper plate handy to slide underneath to keep your table clean!
Sadly, this glue will not replace E-6000- it just doesn’t have the same sticking power as a solvent-based glue. HOWEVER, if you work in an institution (ike a hospital, nursing home, or daycare) and making sure that your products are non-toxic, Kid’s Choice glue is a must. It’s definatly thicker and has more staying power than, say, Tacky Glue, and is odor-free, too.
So why is it called Kid’s Choice? I dunno. Maybe “Crafter’s Choice” was already taken!
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