For papercrafters, adhesive is important. Which glue to use with which project can make or break a scrapbook page, mini-book, or altered art piece. In my quest to bring you the best adhesives for your project, today I’m trying out Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives.
It’s a clear (if hazy) liquid glue- about the consistency of fresh honey that has a moderate odor. However, the odor is not readily apparent when you are using it. (I actually had to get really close to it before I could smell it. But when I did, it was moderately stinky.)
Here are the product highlights from the Beacon Adhesives website:
|â€¢||Fast drying for fast results on almost all paper types.|
|â€¢||Never wrinkles paper, ever! Dries crystal clear.|
|â€¢||Mistake-proof; easily removable when wet without leaving any residue.|
|â€¢||Bonds metal stampings, beads, glitter, wire, and other embellishments to paper.|
|â€¢||Acid and lignin-free: archival quality.|
|â€¢||Special precision applicator tip for accuracy.|
I also noticed that you need to clean it up with paint thinner or turpentine. A-Ha! That’s why it’s stinky. That also means that it’s flammable, and you shouldn’t use it near an open flame and should use it in a well-ventilated area. (This also means you shouldn’t get real close to it to smell it. *Ahem*.)
So let’s give it a whirl. How about some handy swatching??
I let everything dry for an hour, just because I had some errands to do…then I gave each sample a light tug. So here’s the deal- everything stuck! Even the babypop glossy card. And the fabric held well enough that I’d give it a vote of confidence when using it for using fabric or ribbon on cards, etc.
One last note- right after I glued the “Foamie” square down, the edges started to curl up.Â There was obviously some kind of reaction happening with the solvents and plastics….but it dried flat and stayed stuck! The only one I would recommend against is vellum, and that’s because you can see the adhesive through the vellum- a common problem and no surprise here.
I was making some envelopes for my Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board review, and so I used Zip Dry paper glue on those:
It “grabbed” quite nicely- meaning that the glue is sticky enough that the paper isn’t lifting up and needs to be weighted down. And, true to the description on the front, there was absolutely no buckling or wrinkling of the paper.
I made some labels out of paper to glue to the front of the envelope:
I used my bone folder to smooth out the label and distribute the glue underneath. A little squeezed out, but I wiped it up with a paper towel-but when it dried, there was no trace of the glue. I then made a card and used Zip Dry on the paper-punched lace. Again, I was a little sloppy and some squeezed out the holes- but no sight of it once it dried.
Lastly, I wanted to make a rosette from paper and I thought I’d use Zip Dry to glue the ends of my pleated cardstock together. After all, it says it dries in 5-10 minutes. However after letting it sit for 10 minutes, I tried to form my rosette. If you’ve done this, you know that there is a lot of stress on that join and sadly, Zip Dry just didn’t hold up. Maybe if I’d let it rest and dry a little longer- 20 minutes or so- it might have been fine. But as it was, I dropped back 10 and went with white glue for that purpose.
All in all, Zip Dry is a great glue to have on hand for at-home crafters who want a glue that is both archival and wrinkle-free. My only “ding” to the product is that it is fume-y and needs ventilation and is flammable. Not good for kids, health facilities, or those with lung problems. But I kind of see this as a paper version of Fabri-Tac- really good for what it does, but not the best for every situation.
As for cost, it runs between $5-$7.50 for 2 ounces, which is about right for a specialty glue. And the good news is that you can find it everywhere- big box stores and all the major craft chains carry it.
I really like Zip Dry and it has earned a place on my crafting table- it’s so great for last-minute projects and cards….and honey, lately I’m all about “last-minute!”
I’d love to hear your impressions of Zip Dry- just leave me a comment below. Thanks!
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