The Crafter’s Guide to Glue: Techniques & Projects by Pattie Donham, published by Sterling Publishing Co. 2007
As Pattie says in the preface to this book, “If you can’t glue it, I won’t do it!”. I believe her. Before reading this book, I hadn’t really given glue much thought. I have used lots of different kinds of glue to help with other sorts of projects, but never thought of glue as a medium or tool of or by itself.
This book has over a hundred pages of glue related projects. Starting with the traditional best friend of glue i.e. paper, the book also has projects involving outdoor living, glass, jewellery and gems, fabric and fashion, home décor, decoupage, projects especially designed for children, and a chapter completely devoted to using a glue gun. Most of the projects are very busy looking, and might not be everyone’s taste. If I were quickly flicking through this book, I would probably put it back on the shelf, thinking that I wouldn’t do many of the projects. But on closer inspection, the beauty of this book for me is examining the techniques that Patty uses to create her projects. There is so much to learn about glueing! I would never have known what sort of glue was suitable for attaching a ceramic plate to the top of a copper pipe to make a bird feeder (two-part epoxy) or if a product existed that would permanently bond paper napkins to fabric – would you believe that there is a glue called “Paper Napkin Appliqué Glue”?
All the projects in this book are set out so that they are very easy to follow. There are clear photographs of all projects, a straightforward list of supplies needed, and step by step instructions. There are also templates and patterns where needed.
The absolute best part of this book is the first chapter, “Crafter’s Guide to Glue”. This section is a very detailed guide to so many types of glue, and includes a description of the glue, its characteristics and uses. There are also photographs of many types and brands of each glue, making identifying and shopping for the right glue so easy. I would happily buy this book just for this section. And if that wasn’t enough to get me all excited, there is also a section with recipes for making all sorts of sticky things, like grout (with glue as an ingredient, of course!), glues, pastes and slimes.
I now look at glue in a very different way! (like I need another crafting addiction…)
About the reviewer: Kate is a busy mother of three (soon to be four) and has far too many craft projects on the go at any one time. These could include, but are not limited to, crochet, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate also has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.