Glue – sticking it all together

Fri, 11 Sep 2009

For paper modelling the most useful glue is PVA. The type used as white school glue. PVA glue is water based, so there are no strong fumes but if over used it can make your paper models go wrinkly. When sticking paper or card you need only a thin layer of glue on one surface. Once your parts are lined up correctly, nip the parts together to make drying quick.

Is glue a tool or a material? Whatever, the glue spreader is a tool – for sure!

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  • Shiseiji January 23, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Rob, a tool option I’ve been meaning to pass on. A cheap emptied bottle of clear nail polish makes a great glue container/small brush glue spreader. In the USA we have these Dollar Stores. So a bottle is $1, another gets you a bottle of nail polish remover to clean the bottle with, and a 3rd $1 gets you glue. Fill the clean dry bottle with white glue and you never have to shake a plastic bottle of glue again. Too much glue can be wiped off the brush back in the bottle.

    Some of the paper bases have deep narrow glue surfaces. Pricey, but very long hemostats work to clamp them. Less expensive is wood stirring sticks with a rubber band to make them pinch. If you go to a craft store to pick up clothes “pegs” or in the USA clothespins for the Junk Automata, you can also get some mini wooden clothespins. Found mine at the local craft store, same place to pick up regular clothespins.

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