Reported by Peggy Marsh
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A while back, a card-making friend introduced me to Zip Dry Paper Glue manufactured by Beacon Adhesives. Until that time, I only used mono tape dispenser adhesives and found that once I placed my paper on my project, I couldn’t reposition it for perfect alignment. Needless to say, I immediately fell in love with Zip Dry because it was forgiving, and allowed me to move the paper around ’til it was in the perfect spot. I was also able to use it for adhering ribbons, buttons and other embellishments. Since I was creating a lot of cards, I was using Zip at lightning speed. Zip sells for $6.50 – 7.50 for a 2.0 fluid ounce bottle at my local stamp stores. Yikes!
While searching for alternate places to purchase Zip at a better price, I came across Beacon’s 3-in-1 glue. It definitely looked interesting! It was the same manufacturer, the same crystal clear appearance, and at a fraction of the cost. In this economy that meant a lot! So off I went to give it a try.
My biggest concerns: having the ability to reposition my paper for a few seconds before the liquid dried, and ensuring embellishments would stay in place. It was perfect! It performed just like Zip Dry, allowing me the needed time to set my paper and embellishments in proper alignment.
- Cost of 3-in-1 is a fraction of Zip Dry. Beacon’s 3-in-1 is a 4 fluid ounce bottle (retails for $3.99) and sells for approximately 57% of the cost of a 2.0 fluid ounce $7.00 bottle of Zip Dry, and twice the amount of glue. Half the price… and twice the glue! That’s a huge difference.
- It ‘grabs’ instantly, but is re-positionable for a few seconds.
- It works well even in damp areas. With good coverage, the paper will not lift off the project.
- 3-in-1 is readily available and found in most craft stores (Michael’s, Joann’s, Hobby Lobby). Zip dry is a little bit harder to find.
- Excess glue is quickly cleaned up using a rubber adhesive remover.
- 3-in-1 is recommended for: ceramics, fabric, glitter, leather, papers, stone and wood.
- 3-in-1 glue will ooze out through the tip in warmer weather even when upright and with the cap in place, probably due to expansion. It just seems to bubble up a bit at the nozzle. I haven’t had it spill over to my work surface, though.
- It’s not archival (lignin-free), so it’s not recommended for items such as scrapbooking. Don’t use it on those precious family photos.
- When the bottle of 3-in-1 is half full it’s much slower to come through the applicator tip. I use a second bottle to keep refilling.
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