“ Brand: Wilkinsons / Type: Glue Stick „
Since Wilkinson's has opened near to my home, I shop in there quite a bit and usually I am pleased with their own brand stuff. However, I have to say that I am less than impressed with their Glue Sticks. Every year at this time, my daughter and I sit down at the kitchen table to make our own Christmas Cards. Sarah loves to do this and she will happily sit for hours sticking various bits and bobs to folded card and then writing her own little Happy Christmas messages inside for both friends and family. I usually use a fresh Pritt stick from Staples which costs about £1 for a tube. This year, however, I made the mistake of thinking I'd save a few pennies and buy Wilko's own 40g glue stick for only 45p.
The glue stick itself looks a lot like any other glue stick. It's larger and fatter in shape that the Pritt one I buy but it works on the same format. You remove the top, twist the glue up till it pokes out of the top of the tube And then apply to the paper and 'get sticking'. Always think these sticks look a lot like fat lip salves, and the glue comes out in exactly the same way.
Both Sarah and I have found it really frustrating this year making our cards. We usually really enjoy our time making and creating our own personalized greetings cards but more often than not, whenever either of us have tried to stick even paper to paper - it's simply fallen apart once the glue has had time to dry. We have tried using the other side of the card, thinking that it wasn't sticking to the smoother side, but it makes little to no difference at all. We have tried to get the glue to set' by holding it down in place with heavy objects, but the items still fall off the card.
I couldn't possibly recommend this 'glue' to anyone. It's really useless and certainly doesn't do what it claims to do. There is little to no stickiness or tackiness to it at all and it was a waste of money. I am going to go back to my usual tube of Pritt tomorrow and start all over again.
Pease don't waste your money on this.
If you have been kind enough to read any of my craft-related reviews you will know that I am a keen card maker and am always on the look-out for well priced but good quality bits and bobs. I am a member of a few volunteering organisations and have been inundated with requests for personalised greetings cards but am rapidly running short of essential items especially glue. As I sell cards for non-profit I need to cut costs without compromising on quality so decided to go for this glue stick on my last shopping trip to Wilkinson's.
I am used to using Pritt sticks at over £1 per tube but when I saw the 40g own-brand sticks at just 45p I thought I would try one out but I will not be buying any more because the glue unfortunately just did not stick well enough for my purposes. I use a stick for matting and layering paper and card onto plain card to make a base before decorating and using toppers and embellishments but, although it appeared the glue had worked well, I found that a couple of hours later the paper and card had lifted at the edges which meant I had to re-do the job using double-sided tape.
I would not use a stick for sticking down embellishments such as diamantes or sequins (a liquid or precision silicone is better) but would have thought that the glue stick would have performed better especially when sticking paper so I was disappointed. I would say that the stickiness was slightly better than you get when using post-it notes but not good enough if you need something more permanent eg while crafting or scrapbooking etc.
Shame though because the glue itself is easy enough to apply and the lipstick-type container works well and does not clog up easily plus the glue does not smell - but it just is not sticky enough for my purposes so I can only award 1 star.
Over Christmas I looked after my nieces and nephews while their parents helped Father Christmas with a few secret tasks. We decided to make some Christmas cards and decorations from pieces of card etc to keep ourselves busy, so naturally I needed some glue. I decided that as we were primarily sticking paper and thin card together, a glue stick such as Pritt Stick would do. When I went to Wilkinson to buy some, I noticed that they offered an own brand glue stick for just 45p for 10g. As this was much cheaper than the Pritt equivalent, I decided to buy one to try. I also wanted to use it myself to use in a scrap book where I keep ideas and plans for my allotment and another garden that I am responsibe for.
The "Quick Stick" glue does not specifically say on the packet what it is intended to be used for, but I presume that all glue sticks would be suitable for paper at least. It doesn't mention the fact it is non toxic either, which isn't to say it is hazardous to use. All the children I used this with are old enough not to put things in their mouth and know not to eat glue! In any case, they are not left unsupervised. It is recommended for those over 3 years because of a "choking hazard" which would be refering to the cap presumably. The one thing the packet does say is the fact the glue is washable - always a blessing where children are concerned but this is true of most similar glues in my experience. It comes in a typical wind up tube and is in a solid but soft state. I am sure everyone has used a Pritt Stick before - and if you have, you will see this glue is exactly the same. It is easy to use and quick, and relatively clean too. There is no danger of spilling any, and you don't need to find a tray/tub to pour it into. Perfect for children who are apt to be a bit heavy handed with a glue spreader and PVA type glue. It can lead to slightly sticky fingers if a newly glued area is prodded but it soon comes off the hands with a quick wipe from a moist tissue. From my point of view, it dries quickly so if I am cutting and pasting in the old fashioned way in my own scapbook and garden organiser, I can get through a lot of pages in a short time. If you are quick, you can lift a glued piece up and move it if it doesn't look right which is handy but you can't wait too long to do so. It looks white when applied so perhaps some people would prefer one of those glues that are coloured so you can quickly see where you have glued already, but this doesn't bother me. It dries clear and looks neat enough. So I have no problems with actually using the glue but unfortunately I found it doesn't last very long as an adhesive.
I found that we didn't need to use large amounts of glue to get our scraps of paper and card to adhere to each other in the first place. I was perfectly happy with the glue then. It wasn't strong enough to stick sequins on to paper but I have used other glue sticks that wouldn't manage that either. Sadly I found that pieces of paper that I had stuck in my scrap book lifted away after a few weeks. I just opened up the pages and they were loose. I re-stuck them and used much more glue than I would normally have applied, but the same thing has happened. My little Christmas helpers reported that some of their decorations had lost some glued on bits too. I have repaired my scrap book with Pritt and the cut outs remain firmly in place.
I would recommend the Wilko glue stick for simple craft projects where you don't need the glue to last for very long. If you have to keep re-applying it, it doesn't work out so much of a bargain. It is easy to use, doesn't smell strongly, and the wind up mechanism has stayed in good order. It hasn't dried out since purchase in November and the lid stays in place securely. It is perfect except for the fact it isn't sticky enough! I will stick to Pritt in future, or the ELC version which I seem to remember is quite good from my days as a nanny.
[This review is also under my user name on Ciao.]