Reported by Taylor Usry
I recently discovered these Uhu Office pens on sale at a Barnes and Noble College Bookstore. My initial attraction was their size, and what the package promised:
- plastic chisel tip for precise application
- will not clog
- ideal for paper, cardboard, and arts & crafts
- washable, acid-free, and non-toxic
I did a little price checking on the internet and found that these pens typically retail anywhere from $2.50 to $4.00 and are available in single and double packs (each pen is .68 fl. oz of liquid glue). They really are easy to store, as they fit prefectly in a pen/pencil tray in a drawer.
Now, for the tests. Do the claims on the package really hold up? Once I brought them home I got a little nervous after I read this Craft Critique review of the UHU Scrapbooker’s pen. But I figured I’d give it a chance before surrendering them all to the kids’ craft bin.
The first thing I tried was a simple cardstock test. How well would it work if I adhered an image I had cut and colored? As it turned out, not well. I used Prismatics cardstock for my base, and Stampin’ Up cardstock for my image – both readily available, widely used items. As you can see, the end result was less than desirable. The pen applied the glue very well. It went on smoothly and did not appear to be too much. However, when I flipped the image over and placed it on the cardstock I noticed glue strings and excess glue seeping out from under the image. The cardstock immediately bowed upwards.
Here is a side view of the image. You can see how poorly it stuck to the base – it actually began to bow worse as it dried. The glue strings are just plain messy, as is the excess glue. I could not figure out how to prevent the glue from seeping out the way it did. Controlling the flow from the pen did not seem to be an option.
Here is a picture of how the pen adheres ribbon. Again with this sample, I used Prismatics cardstock for my base. The ribbon is by American Crafts. It is easy to see the darker spots where the glue soaked through the ribbon as well as the edges where excess glue seeped out. When I applied the glue to the cardstock I tried to take card to make a single, light stroke so this would not happen. It did not work.
I also made a sample piece with several different embellishments on it, and let it dry overnight. Disappointingly, all of the embellishments either came loose or fell off all together.
I can see perhaps that this glue may be functional for my daughter and her craft projects, but I worry that those, too, will fall apart. I do not recommend this product for papercrafters.
Here is my recap:
- good size
- easily storable
- leaves behind glue strings
- difficult to control flow of glue from pen
- items do not stick well after the glue is dry
Have you tried the UHU Office Pen with better results? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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