Product Type: Pritt household products
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Very useful product
Member Name: ladyradley
Advantages: Very useful to have
Disadvantages: dries out if lid not put on
I have tried a variety of different glue sticks over the years for when either myself or the grandchildren have been doing arts and crafts but nothing has ever compared to the quality of this brand so although you may be able to find cheaper alternatives I definitely don't think that they compare to these at all!
This glue is what my grandchildren refer to as 'twist glue' as it comes in a plastic tube and is twisted up to get more out. It is a dense, thick glue which you wipe onto the paper or lolly stick or whatever it is you wish to stick and it leaves behind a sticky residue. Twist glue is no where near as messy as runny glue which is a liquid based glue and can end up all over the place and create a lot of cleaning up if you are using it with young children! I also find that twist glue it is easier to use during crafting because it is dry you are less likely to end up with a creased effect on your paper or card so it has a more professional finish to it. You need to twist the bottom part- which is black and has good grips on it- to twist the glue stick up out of the tube. This isn't hard to do, my grandchild who is 2 has mastered this and can do it just fine! Eventually the glue wears down and the plastic of the tube gets in the way so you'll need to wind it up again to get more out.
There will come a point where the glue runs out though and there isn't really any indication that this is coming. You may notice the tube feels lighter but very often I don't notice and suddenly mid-creative session it will just stop twisting up and I'll have ran out! This causes upset with the grandchildren so I always make sure I have a reserve one in the drawer! This is the only feature of this that I think is a shame, it would be good if it began to click as you were running low or if you could see the amount of glue that you have left like you can ink in pens or something.
Pritt stick comes in a variety of sizes. I personally find that the smaller one is the best as you can get into smaller places with it whereas the larger one is more cumbersome. However, this may be better if you are intending for young children to use it as a bigger tube means it's better at being gripped by their small hands. It also means it will last longer and little children tend to be quite heavy handed so use more glue than necessary so a large tube may be more appropriate. For doing fine arts and crafts though I recommend the small size.
How well it works.
I think this works much better than other cheaper versions of this glue stick. I have tried a wide variety but ended up getting very frustrated with them as they just do not do the job at all well and just end up making a mess! I find this pritt stick works well when making pictures with glitter on, when the grandchildren make cards and collages and when doing other paper/card crafts. It isn't so sufficient at harder items such as pom poms- these tend to just fall off as they need something more moist to stick them down- or if little wooden objects are attempted to be stuck down. For paper craft though they work really well indeed!
A great glue stick which is suitable for fun time with children but also for crafting adults too. It lasts quite a while although the smaller ones obviously run out faster and there is no clue as to when this will be so to avoid there being an upset make sure you have a spare in your house! It is far better than any other brand that I have tried so it is worth paying the extra money for. It will stick a good variety of materials down and will be long lasting- once the glue has dried the items should stay stuck down and shouldn't fall off.
Always put the lid back on after use else it will dry out and will be useless.
I bought a large one from Tesco last week and it cost £3. I find this quite expensive really and you can probably find it cheaper elsewhere but at least I know it is reliable
Summary: 5 stars