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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Glue

We crafters know the importance of adhesives when it comes to papercrafting. From tape rollers to liquid glue, double sided rolls and hot glue, to decorative washi tape, there are many different kinds of items that fall under the category of glue and adhesives. 

We may know the whens, whys, and hows of adhesive application in regards to our papercrafting projects, but we bet you might be surprised by more than a few of these lesser-known adhesive facts we’ve managed to uncover! 

Glue yourself to the nearest chair and stick around for 10 things you didn’t know about adhesives! 

1. There is a Difference Between Glue and Adhesive

The terms glue and adhesive are oftentimes used interchangeably, however there actually is a difference between the two, linguistically speaking. When it comes to the name, “glues” are technically made with natural materials, such as animal byproducts and resins. “Adhesives,” according to the definition, are created with synthetic, man-made materials. 

Though this is true, companies often also use the words interchangeably, so don’t take this as a definitive rule when it comes to terminology!  If you’re ever concerned about what your glues and adhesives are made out of, never hesitate to read the label or contact the company directly. 

2. Historically, Glue Was Made From Fish


Throughout time, glue has been made with a sprinkling of seemingly random materials. From tree sap and beeswax, to egg whites and animal blood… and surprisingly fish. The first commercial glue company within the United Kingdom, in the 1700s, created glue from our aquatic acquaintances, sturgeons. 

Most of us have heard that glue is made from horse hooves, and though this has truth to it when looking throughout history, these days most glues are created with man-made materials and/or an animal byproduct, such as milk. 

Even Elmer’s Glue, which was originally created with casein (the protein found in cow’s milk, hence why the cow is their symbol), is now made entirely out of synthetic materials. 

3. Duct Tape Was Created For WWII Troops

Duct tape is a favorite throughout the world due to its strength, long-lasting quality, ease of use, and its waterproof nature – but it didn’t always start out that way. 

On the battlefields in World War II, troops often had to repair machines, weapons, even battle wounds, at a moment’s notice. Heavy tape alone was not doing the trick, as conditions were often rainy and wet. Therefore, Duct Tape was created – a thick, waterproof tape that was sure to help the troops in their unplanned, but necessary repairs. 

4. Duct Tape Was Actually Called Duck Tape


If you’ve ever had someone laugh at you for accidentally calling Duct Tape “Duck Tape,” you’re not alone. And, you’re also not wrong. Originally, Duct Tape was called Duck Tape, due to its waterproof characteristic: “like water off a duck’s back.” Plus, it was made from duck cloth. The name was only revised when the company later changed hands and the tape began to be used frequently for wrapping air ducts. 

Whether you’re Team Duct or Squad Duck, nowadays, both are technically correct – as duct tape is made by the Duck Brand. 

5. Super Glue Was an Accident

Super glue, scientifically referred to as cyanoacrylate, was not created on purpose. In 1942, Dr. Harry Coover was trying to create a clear plastic for gunsights to be used in the war. During his testing and experimenting, he accidentally created cyanoacrylate – more commonly known as super glue. Though you’d assume he’d be happy about this serendipitous moment, he was not. He was annoyed by how relentlessly sticky this new substance was.

He didn’t realize it could be a very helpful phenomenon until years later, when accidentally remaking it during the invention of something else. Two time’s the charm for Dr. Coover! 

6. Not All Glue is Acid-Free

In recent years, many papercrafting companies have learned about the harmful role that naturally-found acids can play on our documents, family photos, and memorabilia over time. In response to that, many companies have created and marketed acid-free papers, stickers, ephemera, and more. 

However, more often than we’d like to admit, we forget to check our adhesives! Many adhesives still contain acid, so make sure you always check the label for words like “archival” or “acid free.” We recommend these acid-free adhesives for all of your papercrafting projects, as it’s acid-free, extremely sticky, and surprisingly affordable. 

Read more here about why you should only use acid-free materials in papercrafting. 

7. Glue Saves Penguins’ Lives

When a penguin is nestled in its fragile egg, it always runs the risk of getting a small crack or fissure, subsequently resulting in the tiny chick not surviving past birth. However, some small cracks and fissures can be and have been fixed with the help of liquid glue! Elmer’s Glue, for example, is strong enough to fill in the small cracks on a delicate egg, but weak enough for the baby penguin to still miraculously emerge when he or she hatches! 

Thanks to liquid glue, we have more penguins in the world. And who doesn’t love that?! 

8. Glue Holds a Guinness World Record

Okay, so it’s not actually held by “glue,” but it’s about glue! In September of 2013, the German Aerospace Center succeeded in establishing the new world record for the heaviest weight ever lifted by glue – and it’s wildly impressive, to the point of feigning disbelief. 

A 15.5 x 15.5 square inch of a glued area managed to lift 16.09 tons. That’s 35,472 lbs and 6.4 oz! Now the important follow-up question: how many scrapbooking supplies would 16 tons look like?! 

9. Lipstick Inspired the Glue Stick

The glue stick was invented in 1969 after a German company was inspired by the easy application of lipstick. With its easy twist-up function all contained in a capped tube, this was a whole new world for adhesives. They say that life is short, so buy the lipstick – but we crafters will take a glue stick too, please! 

10.Geckos Are Teaching Glue Developers

We’ve all seen lizards and geckos scurry up the side of a wall, or stay put on one for hours at a time. It’s an amazing feat, due to the tiny, sticky hairs on the bottom of their feet! These little hairs are super sticky and much stronger than our stickiest synthetic glues. Each square millimeter holds 14,000 or more of these tiny, adherent hairs, allowing geckos to grip onto walls effortlessly, for as long as they’d like. 

Glue researchers and developers are trying to learn by studying Geckos to create something similar, synthetically, to create better, stronger, more long-lasting glue! We crafters can all cheer to that!

PaperCrafting 101

Mod Podge revisited



Dear Fellow Crafters,

I re-discovered a crafting product this past summer and in doing so opened up a whole new world. My daughter-in-law decided to make Styrofoam blocks for her daughter for Christmas and asked me if I had any Mod Podge. “Somewhere in my craft room” I replied. It was an older bottle but I still heard liquid in it when I shook it. The minor problem was the cap it was “glued’ to the  bottle. After some hot water and strong muscles (courtesy of my husband) we got it opened at last. “Mom, did you know that there are now more than 5 kinds?” “Really?” I asked, now fully aware that I was hopelessly behind my times in this area.  Of course, after she left with the bottle, I had to go on-line and here’s what I found out:

Mod Podge is made by Plaid Enterprises. It was invented in the 1960’s. It’s a glue that holds tight and dries clear for adhering paper, fabric and other porous materials to almost any surface. It’s a sealer that protects decoupage, acrylic paint, stain, fabric and more. It’s a finish that is durable, smooth and fast-drying. It’s a “go to” for parents because it is non-toxic and cleans up with soap and water. What’s not to like?

Here are the types they make:

Classic, Antique, Brushstroke, Dishwasher Safe, Extreme Glitter, Fabric, Furniture, Glow in the dark, Hardcoat, Kids Washout, Outdoor, Paper, Satin, Shear Colors, and Sparkle.

They also make special formulas that don’t glue but act as special finishes. They are:

Crackle Medium, Dimensional Magic, Photo Transfer Medium, and Super Gloss.

In the beginning, there were 2 finishes, Gloss and Matte, but it soon became apparent that other glues/finishes would need to be invented and so they did. In future posts we’ll discuss the various types and I give you a tutorial on how to use each one with a picture. So that you can have some knowledge when you visit your favorite craft store (with gift card in hand) later this month, I offer the following.

   Classic: All around “go to” . 2 types of finishes: Gloss – shiny finish and Matte- non-shiny finish.

Antique: Matte finish only – Your project will have a slightly brown tint to give aged look

     Brushstroke: Glossy or matte finishes. Very textured and clear dimensional.Your project will look hand-painted.

 Dishwasher Safe: This was a new product released in 2014. The formula glues, seals and finishes and the finished product can be put in the dishwasher. The finish is glossy. You would use this formula to add paper or fabric to something that you want to wash. Note: Keep the Mod Podge away from your mouth (3/4″ from the top of a glass).

 Extreme Glitter: This sounds like something I would like! The formula looks best on dark surfaces and is VERY Glittery.

   Fabric: Use this formula to prepare fabric for decoupaging to surfaces and for decoupaging things to fabric. It also prevents fraying – good for ribbon.

 Furniture: There are 3 finishes- glossy, matte and satin. Obviously, this one’s for furniture.

Glow in the dark: According to the manufacturer, you need to use several coats to achieve the desired result. To recharge, you just expose the project to light.

Kids Wash Out: The finish is glossy and will wash out of kids clothing if the liquid is spilled.

   Outdoor: This formula was made to protect outdoor projects, think clay pots, from moisture and the elements.

Paper: The 2 finishes are glossy and matte. Unlike the original formula, this one is for archival photos and papers.

 Satin: This formula gives your project a slightly frosty look. it is good for items where you want a non-glossy, soft appearance that wears well.

   Shear Colors: This is original Mod Podge with tints. There are only a few colors now but apparently it is good for dyeing glass.

and finally, there is Sparkle: This formula contains glitter and you only need one coat.

“Til next time,


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Dear Fellow Crafters,          envelope-liners

Today’s topic is designing envelopes. I have been designing envelopes for years. I always felt that after spending time making the card, I needed to “jazz” the envelope to showcase the card. Here are some of the things I’ve done. They’re all relatively easy, as you probably have the stamps, die cuts and paper on your craft table already.

  •      If the card has a simple design, say balloons and a simple sentiment, stamp or hand-draw a balloon or other birthday image on the lower left corner of the envelope.
  •      If the card has a lot of embellishments, stamp or hand-write a similar image on the back flap.
  •      Sending a card to a child? Try using the “to and from” stamp set or stamp the name in letters.
  •      Change the envelope flap by using decorative cut scissors or your cutter. Most envelopes have enough paper on the flap to allow fancy cutting but if you go “overboard” just use glue to the edge or seal.
  •      Be sure the address is clearly visible through any design.
  •      The entire envelope design should be stamped in lighter colors so that the address and postmark are visible.

The most fun I have had is creating liners for the envelopes. This is really easy.

  1.      Place an open envelope over a piece of your liner paper. Use paper not cardstock. Wrapping paper works well too.
  2.      Trace around the flap and down the sides about 2″.
  3.      Trim the flap edge to fit inside the envelope and test fit the entire liner.
  4.      Glue  the edge of the envelope.

*****Important: Place the glue on the flap liner only. This keeps the envelope lining from buckling when the envelope is closed.


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