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Review | Xyron Glue Stick

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I believe that Nancy (our Craft Critique angel) thought I lost my mind when I got very excited about reviewing a glue stick ! What she didn’t know is that I was after a glue stick which could cover corners for ages. I personally use a variety of glues – one alone doesn’t seem to be good to do it all. I do like to use glue stick to cover the front of my card with thin paper, and my tip for working with them is that you add the glue from the glue stick to the card base not to the paper you are trying to adhere.

Once you’ve applied the paper, you need to let it ‘cure’ for about 30 minutes under something heavy like a book, or even your craft mat should do the trick. There’s a good reason for doing that, since glue sticks tend to warp your cardstock and even extra sturdy stock might bend a little. Since you need to be quite generous with your glue stick to give it good adhesion for the paper to stick, I always felt that I made sure to go through all the corners but I used to put a blank sheet of paper under my card blank to avoid putting glue everywhere on my craft mat. Now that I have this Xyron glue stick – not anymore!

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The ingenious people at Xyron have created the perfect glue stick, which is shaped differently from the other ones commercially available. Most glue sticks are round, but one part of this Xyron one has a clever corner! Now you don’t have to go out over your edges to make sure that your item has proper glue coverage. You just use the corner side of it!

You can see from the picture below how the glue stick is shaped so that you’re not wasting any glue on your craft area or risking overlap over the edges. You can get coverage corner to corner on a piece of paper. You can also draw with the corner tip to allow you freehand shapes or doodle so you can use the glue for something like UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) or glitter.

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I also did a test for quick adhering as glue sticks are usually pretty poor in that respect. I used a piece of thin cardstock, folded it and burnished it for a few seconds. It didn’t come unstuck like I’ve experienced with other glue sticks, which tend not to adhere very fast. The day after I had to pull quite vigorously to prise it apart so that’s good news for a proper adherence.

The only area that is slightly disappointing about the Xyron Glue Stick is the value. Although the plastic container seems to be a pretty large size, it contains half the amount of glue (20g as opposed to 40g) compared to other similar-sized sticks. This puts it in the size range of most small glue sticks, but at a much higher price. Purchasing a six pack for $9.99 cuts the price significantly, but the six packs are not widely available. The design of this stick means less waste, which improves the value, and the adhesive is a much higher quality than the average basic glue stick, so you do in a sense “get what you pay for”.

If you’d like to see the Xyron Glue Stick in action, you can check out their You Tube demo.

The Xyron Glue Stick is a good glue to have handy if you like to cover the front of your card with a thin layer of paper or for simply matting or layering. It’s also a boon to reach those awkward areas using the tip. You do need to be quite generous with your application but that’s normal with all glue sticks.

Pros:

*Handy to use and lightweight

*Has a corner so you can reach everywhere on your paper or card base

*Good adhesion

Cons:

*Perceived value for the price

*The cap needs to be inserted to crank up the glue, and it might be tricky for people with manual dexterity problems to match up the flower shape inside the base to insert it

The Xyron Glue Stick is available from major crafts retailers for an MSRP of $2.99/ea, or $9.99/6 pack.

Let me know if you have used the Xyron Glue Stick and how you got on with it! As per all supplies, crafters get different results according to their needs, so I’d love to hear your feedback!

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Fabrizio Martellucci has been crafting for over six years and enjoys card making, Artist Trading Cards (ATC) and the odd scrapbook layout. He started paper crafting as a distraction to some health issues and never looked back since when he bought a Hot Off the Press kit getting the addictive paper crafting bug. Fabrizio (but please call him Fab for short) has been producing samples for a few companies to show on Shopping Television in the UK, one of his greeting cards was published on PageMaps 2 by Becky Fleck, and he produced various paper creations for Design Teams as well as being involved with live online paper crafting tutorial streams for The Odd Show Live and his own show Papermood Live. Not happy with only making cards Fab started an article based website called CardmakingNews.com where he stretches his writing muscle about card making tips and other useful posts for cardmakers. You can see a full list of Fab's blogs and other contact infos on his Kimtag page.

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8 Responses to Review | Xyron Glue Stick

  1. Ann Martin May 3, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Thanks for this review. I haven’t used this particular glue stick, but in general I love them when layering papers on cards. Sounds like they’ve solved the pesky corner problem – how nice!

    • Fab May 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

      Thanks for your input Ann, I agree they’re fun to use for layering light papers and the likes. The corner idea is great as I always missed those pesky corners ! lol

  2. Jan Castle May 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Great review…I have not heard or seen this product before, but will keep my eye open so I can give it a try.
    I presently use ‘Pioneer Extra Strength Embellishment Glue Stick’ and so far this has been the best.

    • Fab May 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

      Good to know Jan if I come across that one I’ll give it a go !

  3. Madeleine Menke May 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    I have been considering buying a glue stick as I see others using them & I imagine they, over-all have improved from the old days. Your critique is very timely. Think I’ll give it a try. Thanks

    • Fab May 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      Thanks Madeleine ! 🙂

  4. sheila May 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I am not impressed with this (or any other) glue stick. Who has time for a “curing time”? It just sits in a box now.

    • Fab May 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      I hear ya Sheila, but some people like glue sticks, matter of choice, I guess. Thanks for your input.