When I am card making or scrapbooking I usually use double sided tape but when I want to attach a small embellishment the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen meets my needs better.
It looks just like a pen and feels just like a pen. It is the same size as a pen and has a thin nib like a felt tip pen has. The thin nib makes it perfect for sticking crystals on. I also use it to write something, like a name, and put glitter on. You would struggle to do that with a glue stick.
When the glue comes out it flows well and is blue and sticky. It dries quickly so you have to work out what you're sticking onto it before. The glue usually dries within a minute and when it has done so it will turn clear. This is good as it is not a good look when you can see the adhesive on a card.
The pen glides over paper or card easily but I'm not sure how well it would work on other materials.
The glue pen lasts a long time because you need very little at a time. I bought mine last year and i'm still using it now.
I believe the glue pen cost me around £3 from a local craft store but I cannot be certain what I paid.
The glue pen comes in handy for applying glue for detailed work. I would recommend this for anyone that enjoys scrapbooking and card making.
My main hobby for the past few years has been making handcrafted cards which I make mainly for various charities but also for close friends and family. Over time I am convinced that paying a little more for certain crafty items is well worth it and this includes glue. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of good enough glues on the market and I buy PVA from Wilko's and Poundland too, but when it comes to finishing cards with fiddly embellishments there is nothing I like more than a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen.
They retail at around £3.99 each which may sound a lot but they last for ages. I am still using the one I bought before Christmas even though I reach for it most days. It does not dry up or go gungy around the tip as many cheaper glues do over time.
For layering and matting (ie doing the base of my cards) I use regular cheap glue or double sided tape which is good for larger areas and save my Sakura when more precision is needed for instance when I need to add little gems/diamantes, glitter, small buttons, flowers, small toppers or tiny embellishments.
The pen itself is a simple design as shown in the picture and does not look particularly exciting but when I use it I am always pleased with how well it works. The glue itself is blue when it comes out which is great because I can see exactly when I have put the glue so there is no guesswork involved, but it dries clear which is important. The drying time is only a minute or so which is brilliant as it means I can move on to the next project without having cards everywhere!
I mainly use thickish card (around 300 gsm) plus mirror card and paper so cannot say whether it works well on fabric although it is great for sticking organza and satin ribbons. I also like the way it does not smell especially as i live in a small place and have mild asthma.
I really like my Sakura pen and would recommend trying one if you are a card maker, scrapbooker or crafty person who need a glue which goes exactly where you want it to and sticks extremely well.
The Sakura Quickie Glue pen is a pen with a precise nib which is used to glue very small embellishments such as pearls or gems or to use with loose glitter for precise application. It is used in cardmaking and scrapbooking. It is widely available in craft shops and online retailers such as Amazon and prices do vary but a pen is usually around £4.
Both its appearance and use is identical to that of a standard pen. The glue itself has an ink like consistency and is blue until it dries when it becomes clear. It dries quite quickly in around one to two minutes. It is a lightweight glue so only suitable for small lightweight embellishments or glitter.
I like to use this glue pen with loose glitter for very precise application on small areas for example the tips of flowers, or flower centres, the rim of a hat, or other small details on an image or even to create and outline. It is by far the best glue I have come across for use with loose glitter.
It is also my favourite glue for adding gems or pearls as it is so easy to use and to get the glue exactly where you want it. However another major advantage is that if you do happen to get glue where you don't want it on a project the marks are not particularly obvious as there are with some other glues such as Glossy Accents.
I find that even with regular use a pen does last a quite a while and is good value and I highly recommend this glue pen for precise detailed work.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.