Glu6 is made from those big blocks of styrofoam, like the ones packed around TV's and small appliances. Then it's mixed with plant-based ingredients that dissolve and shrink the styrofoam. The result, a gooey glue that dries clear and it smells like citrus. Science is awesome!
I received three types of glue: craft paste, non-porous glue and recycled school glue and couldn't wait to start crafting.
First, I used the craft paste to create paper beads that turned out lovely. I was even able to give them a shiny finish by coating them with a layer of the non-porous glue.
I also used the craft paste to make Christmas card ornaments. Again, I was very pleased with how the paste worked on paper.
I used the non-porous glue to create bottle cap magnets. I previously used hot glue when making bottle cap magnets and always end up singeing my fingers. Ouch! Then, over time, the hot glue usually peels away from the bottle cap, adding insult to injury. My Glu6 magnets, however, have held up for months and not separated.
Another project I now use the non-porous glue for is fairy garden houses. In the past I used silicone glue to stick the little metal doors to the clay houses, which works fine, but smells terrible when you apply it. Instead, I tried the Glu6 when I made the prototype for a class I am teaching in a few weeks. It worked perfectly and my students won't get headaches from the silicone fumes when we make them.
Recently, I used the recycled school glue to make paper flowers and a paper flower ornament out of magazine pages. They are a lovely way to celebrate Earth Day later this month.
Overall, I was very happy with all three varieties of Glu6. All of them have held my projects together well. I also like that all three dry clear so you don't have to worry if you are a little sloppy. You should know that a little of this glue goes a long way. I'm also happy that the craft paste and non-porous glue are now available on Amazon as well as the Nine Lives Products site.
I would recommend using the craft paste for big paper projects and the recycled school glue for more delicate ones. The craft paste's wooden applicator made it easy to evenly cover a large surface with glue. Whereas the nozzle on the school glue made it easier to apply more precisely to small areas.
The one concern I had about the non-porous craft was that the tip clogged up. I'll admit, it could have been user error. I didn't close the tip after using the glue and everything got gunked up. Fortunately, I discovered that the clear outer lid actually pops off if you pull it a bit. Then you can just use a pin or toothpick to remove any dried glue from the inner portion of the tip.
Many thanks to the folks at Nine Lives Products for the samples and for creating an effective and useful product that reduces waste in the landfills!