Saturday, November 7, 2009

Adhesives

There is often a lot of confusion when it comes to adhesive for making mulberry paper tear bears. The following adhesives will work fine on your mulberry paper critters. You can use your favorite adhesive if you are making cardstock bears.

The adhesive you choose should be from the list below. Keep in mind that mulberry paper is similar to fabric. Certain adhesives will not bond to the mulberry paper and may seep through and ruin your creation.

  • Glue stick:  I never recommend glue sticks for scrapbooking, but for the purpose of creating mulberry paper tear critters, a glue stick works just fine. It is quick drying and economical. Make sure that the glue is acid free and safe for scrapbooking.  
  • Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue*:  An all purpose adhesive that that is perfect for layering your mulberry paper critter and attaching parts. This glue dries clear and quickly and is my personal favorite for tear bears. Use for mulberry paper only, not cardstock. It will warp.
  • Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (for eyes and nose)*:  This is an option adhesive that you can use to adhere the eyes and nose to your critters. This adhesive may also be used to make your critters. I like using this glue for the smaller pieces because it has a fine tip and is easy to control the amount you apply. Be careful not to use too much. It will seep out along the edges leaving very unattractive marks on your bear or critters.
  • Fabri-Tac*:  When in doubt, grab the Tac! This is by far one of my favorite adhesives. I use it for everything from making torn critters, attaching photo mats to my scrapbook layouts, and making mini albums. I recommend using this adhesive if you will be adding “clothing” to your bears. It is quick drying, and economical because you can use is sparingly. It is messy and has a bit of an odor to it, but well worth dealing with.
What Not TO USE:
Do not use Glue dots, 3D dimensional tabs, a tape runner or thin liquid adhesives when assembling your mulberry paper bear. Glue dots, tape runners, and photo tabs will not bond to the paper. And may cause your parts to “shift” or fall apart over time. These adhesives are okay for attaching your finished bear to your projects.

Thin liquid adhesives will seep through your paper and damage your paper piecing making in look very unattractive.

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