Monday, 9 July 2012
Fancy silicone? A review...of sorts.
Mention on WOYWW of my relatively new attachment to silicone glue sparked quite a lot of interest. So I thought I'd try to summarise some of the comments and my experience of the stuff.
First, this brand is craft specific and is odourless. I couldn't use the DIY stuff because the smell is awful and it comes in too large a quantity for me to deal with it without a tantrum. You can see that the glue in these two syringes is not entirely clear...that's because I leave them on my desk or in a basket in daylight and it does discolour eventually. Fresh from the tube it's crystal clear. If you use the glue in normal use it won't last years and you won't notice any change in it. If you leave it in a draw for a couple years, expect it to smell horrid. It's air drying, so if you lose the lid or the syringe top, might as well kiss it goodbye....or put a blob of blue-tack over it...it must remain airtight. Unless you like picking at tiny apertures with a pin to remove plugs of oddly shaped glue.......
The manufacturer of this product sells the syringes too...indeed a tube and a syringe together as a starter kit if you feel the need. If you don't have the syringes, you can squeeze the tube and pick the blob of glue off with a cocktail stick or the like.
It's a great dimensional glue. Does the job of a foam pad, in a slightly more sophisticated way. If you're sticking onto creased ribbon for example, the glue will take up the 'slack' and fill the valleys so that your embellishment will sit evenly. Or of course, you can stick things at angles by applying more glue in one area than another. Useful too if you have shaped stuff to stick..like a few die cut leaves that you've carefully shaped - the glue sticks and holds their shape, and you can dictate the height of overlapping and overall finished height. Useful. If you can get used to not squashing it flat - you have to trust that by placing the 'thing' on top of the glue blob, it will stick without having to apply pressure. It does. But it is sort of counter-intuitive.
Because it's relatively slow drying, excess glue needs to be wiped off onto a scrap or area that you aren't going to work on, lean on or put food onto. It tastes awful and feels slimey. If you get the glue onto a section of card that it shouldn't be on...argh..it needs to be removed without panic and finally taken off with something dry. Go back to foam pads if you're using mirror card. It shows up every silicone weakness you have and then magnifies it to make you feel foolish. Ask me how I know all these things.
So that's it really...I like it a lot. I could live without it, but there's about 8 kerjillion things on my desk that I can say that about. At least this one has a practical purpose.