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Glue + Time = Long-Lasting Bonds

Kathleen Thometz

Posted on July 4, 2018 07:23

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Choose the right glue and give it time to cure, when bonding your furniture or family together.

 

"Glue is not your friend," is one of my mantras. I say it time and again because the kids in my art classes have the tendency to practice a 'more is better' approach and ruin their projects with globs of dripping glue. They use glue sticks in school because they're neat and clean, but they don't hold or teach the value of moderation. When used properly and given the time to cure, the right glue will hold pretty much anything together for a good, long time.

What is the right glue for things? That depends on what you're gluing. When putting wood objects together, use Elmer's Yellow Wood Glue and some clamps. I find that if you need Super Glue, you might as well just throw out or repurpose whatever it is. I've never successfully super-glued anything; the repairs are always noticeable and my fingertips destroyed. My feeling is that glue is best used for building and beautifying things, but with one exception: the pricey Sugru moldable glue. It reliably patches up expensive eyeglass frames and iPhone cords and comes in a rainbow of colors.

One of my favorite products is Mod Podge, a glue and sealer for adhering paper to things and making collages. It comes in a dishwasher safe variety for tableware! I've recently discovered Weldbond Universal Adhesive, which comes in a gray, industrial-looking gallon jug at Home Depot. I opened it with trepidation but was pleasantly surprised that it looked and smelled like Elmer's but is strong enough to hold glass tiles when making mosaics.

I use a lot of glue in my art classes, and for this instant-gratification generation of kids, hot-glue is by far their favorite. They will power through blistering burns to get their projects done, instead of waiting for traditional glues to dry. The quick drying time is at a cost to quality, with all those webby strings, and durability, but they won't wait and they love that it comes out smoothly every time, unlike the clog-prone tips of traditional glue.

What glue do you use to hold your relationships together? Follow the same directions as you would for Elmer's and you'll have long-lasting, durable bonds with the people you care about. But choose your glue wisely, don't use flimsy glue sticks, messy-but-quick superglue, and certainly no blistering, hot-glue-gun glue. 

Relationship glues can be people who link and hold everyone together, like the tenacious siblings who organize family gatherings, year after year. The glue can be an annual event, location, common interest or, in the case of my sibs and me, a vacation home given to us by our mother. Our house is the glue that connects us through the shared experience of owning, maintaining and enjoying it with each other.

Our mom, who's in the late stages of Alzheimer's Disease, is the old and cracked glue, still holding us together for the time being, hopefully long enough, until the other glues cure.

Kathleen Thometz

Posted on July 4, 2018 07:23

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