In the new big catalog Stampin' Up! introduced a new type of adhesive called "Fast Fuse". When I first heard about it I kinda wondered why they did this because we already have a really great selection of adhesives already. I decided to order one to try it out for myself. The description in the catalog says "New super-strength adhesive that bonds instantly and neatly". Just that one sentence is pretty tough to live up to for adhesive. In the past, you kinda had to decide between messy application and strength of hold. After some experimentation I have come to the conclusion that this adhesive does live up to that claim and has a special spot in our arsenal of options.
I created this bag pictured to the right to test out the power of this adhesive. I actually assembled this three weeks ago and took the pictures the other day. I wanted to have the bag sit around for a bit so that the adhesive would have an opportunity to lose its grip, so to speak, before I made my final determination. There is nothing like a 3-D project to test the stick-a-bility of an adhesive. The best way I can describe is that paper wants to return to its' flat state, so it creates extra pressure on the joints and they readily come apart if the adhesive is not up to the task.
As you can tell from the picture to the left, the joints and seams in this bag are still sticking together really well. I have to say that I am very impressed! I will definitely be using the Fast Fuse more in the future in my projects. Below is a list of some of the various adhesive options that are available as well as pros and cons for each:
Very strong adhesive for any project
Refills are extra large!
|There is a bit of a learning curve with ending the application. You have to twist and lift to the right (or left if you are left handed) to get the adhesive to disengage from the applicator.|
|Multipurpose Liquid Glue||
Easy to use
You can adjust the placement on project as you work on it for a few seconds.
It can be messy and the glue can really stick to your hands if you have oozing on your project.
This contains natural latex, so it should be avoided by anyone that has a latex allergy.
|Snail||Super easy to use||Doesn't hold strongly enough for anything other than layers on a flat project like a card or a scrapbook page.|
|Sticky Strip||Easy to apply and pre-set up the adhesive before you are ready to stick pieces together because it won't be sticky until you remove the backing plastic.||You get those annoying red pieces of plastic that cling to everything – especially in the winter.|