“ Manufacturer: Galt / Type: Craft Supplies - Spreaders „
These Galt Glue Spreaders are an easy way of, as the name says, spreading glue.
When I didn't have glue spreaders I would use a paint brush but as there purpose is to spread pain the glue was really hard to get off and would end up ruining the brush.
The advantage of these glue spreaders are that even if you don't clean them straight away, they can still be cleaned easily. Easier than cleaning them instantly as when the glue dries it peels off.
The spreader is quite small but the right size for children. The length of them is about 10cm. The problem with them is that because they are small they manage to go missing.
Children find them easy to use but as, unlike a paintbrush, they are not round children often try to get glue on sideways and not flat in the pot. This can make it tricky to get enough glue on to spread.
The glue which we use is PVA which I believe is the only glue it would work with.
The end of the spreader is thin and flimsy which helps to spread the glue easily.
As well as having some at home I also use them at work. We do crafts regular and almost always need glue and these handy spreaders.
We have a lot of them in both blue and white. I don't remember ever seeing them in any other colours. The children don't take much notice of the colours though as the messy glue is more exciting to them.
Occasionaly we let children use them with play doh as a kind of knife to cut it up.
These are by far the best things for spreading glue.
For my daughters 5th birthday my Grandma asked me to help her put together a box of crafty bits for her even though she could probably stock a craft shop with what she has. One thing that she didn't have was glue spreaders and we used to use a lolly stick or paintbrush for using glue.
I found these spreaders on Amazon although you had to buy them in a pack of 10 which seemed a little too many in my opinion but considering they only cost about £2 for the pack it wasn't a bad price.
I remember glue spreaders from school and apparently these are still what the schools use according to my daughter although the ones I bought are bright pink in colour rather than the boring white ones we used to use at school.
The spreaders came packaged in a sealed plastic bag but the type that is unable to reseal so once they are open they are then loose although this didn't bothered us as they just go in the arts and crafts box with everything else.
The spreaders are made of hard plastic for the handle and have a flat end which is more flexible for the spreading. The spreaders are easy for little hands to handle although I find they are a little too small for adult hands. My daughter finds it easy to spread the glue but if your glue is too runny it does drip off the spreader so I have taught her how to scrape the excess glue off to prevent this.
My daughter loves that she now has something to use glue with properly and she loves the fact that she has pink spreaders since pink is her favourite colour. The spreaders are really easy to wash after use and if you forget to wash one the glue peels off really easily once it's dried. The spreaders are really good value and she has been using the same one since June and it is still going strong so I would say it is going to be a fair few years before she manages to get through her supply.
I've always had a love of creating things, from scrapbooks to crafts, to photo frames and collages. But I've always either used a small piece of cardboard or an old paint brush to spread glue. It's almost always never gone right. The glue has gone everywhere and made a mess and a much trickier job than what it meant to be. However i then remembered something i used to use in primary school to spread glue... Glue spreaders.
I had a look around online and found Galt glue spreaders (Pack of 10) on ebay for £4.99, so i gave them a try. After receiving them they were securely kept in a plastic packet to stop them from moving around in their packaging and protecting them from damage. After removing them i gave one a try.
I normally use just standard PVA glue, maybe with some water depending on what project I am working on. But with the paint brush and cardboard methods i have been using I have found that the glue doesn't spread evenly and creates bumps under the mediums i am trying to glue. However i first tried using these on some photographs in a book... I was amazed at how easy they spread the glue and with so much easy. When using them, it's almost the same as using a paint brush except without the messy and tricky cleaning up afterwards.
Another point i noticed was how strong and lasting the glue sticks were. Because they are made from plastic they are very tough and resistant. Also because the spreading part of the stick is flexible plastic its very durable. I've been using them for a few weeks now and they are still as strong as they were when I first bought them. Even though at first i thought they would break or snap during first use but they didn't. They handle very well under pressure and i have yet to have any problems.
Finally if you like to wash all your instruments after use or feel that you need to wash your glue stick, because they are flat and soft. There is no having to scrub over and over again to try and clean these. One quick wipe with some soap and it's done with minimal fuss or hassle.
These are perfect for all ages from young children to adults. These are perfect for any types of arts or crafting you might do whether it's as a hobby or during school. If kids are using these i will say these are VERY child friendly however adult supervision i would recommend when young kids are crafting.