I personally like this stuff (not the exact brand, i use office depot brand, nonetheless effective). Its like that roll on white out, except it dispenses strong, instant bonding adhesive that will grip onto any kind of surface. also it dries instantly so no waiting around. there is a downside. You need to apply pressure for it to work so its not too good for doing things like attaching arms and legs (like on the ninjatoes Midna model, augh what a nightmare.) But general purpose glueing on larger tabs it works GREAT!
I prefer this stuff, myself. It's got a pretty accurate nozzle that rarely gunks up, the glue dries near instantly once pages are pressed together (leaving enough time to adjust).
Also, despite the solid plastic casing, the green things move really easily and allow a bit more control to the flow of glue without too much strain.
I still need to burn their offices to the ground.
As do I…
The only thing liquid elmers would be good for is assembling life size models, even then why not just use other means? Neways, I used highschool geomtry to scale up a Pyramid head papecraft onto pieces of sheet metal. Im currently assembling it for my wlding project @ school. I was also thinking of using fiberglass, but sheet aluminum just seems more badass you know?
I just use elmers. Despite the complaints, I havent had too many bad experiences with it, its just a matter of how much time you need for it to adjust…more glue=more time. My only bitch is warping when working with large areas. (Then again, I use 65 lb)
Also, I dunno if y'all pour your glue onto a piece of paper before application, but that might help some…
Whats wrong with Elmers anyway?
I've never had a problem with Elmer's, myself. The only beef I have with it is that if I'm not careful, the excess slips out from the tabs and I wind up leaving fingerprints or smudge marks near the seams. My main problem is with the container, and not the glue itself… those regular liquid glue bottles. Seems like it either lets out nothing or a whole freakin' crapload of glue. After some fidgeting and letting some glue out I can get it to just spit out small amounts at a time, but it takes forever, and once it's sat for a minute or so (while I'm waiting for tabs to dry) the nozzle dries up and I have to do the whole thing all over again. In the end I usually wind up using my fingertips as impromptu brushes, both applying glue and wiping away excess, but you can imagine that gets pretty messy after a bit.
I bought a bottle of bookbinding PVA in the art and archival supply section in the store on my campus, and it doesn't do too bad. It doesn't come with a nozzle, so I have to apply it with a paintbrush. When it sits for a while the water becomes separated though. As it dries it gets a quality almost like rubber cement, but without the smell or anything like that. I'd recommend the stuff, but it doesn't have a brand name. It's just in a small container with a cheaply printed black and white sticker on it. Dunno if they make the stuff on campus or what's up.
I'd kind of like to try using superglue one of these days, maybe on a larger cardstock project. I'm kind of intrigued to see what it's like to work with something semi-permanent. I remember I used some clear tape once…That was a nightmare. Don't think I'll be trying that again any time soon.
Because I'm poor, I'm using Scotch's Quick-Dry Adhesive. It's pretty good, unless you get too much on. If that happens, you're screwed and have to wait for everything to dry. Problem is, there's really no way to tell what's too much and what's not.
I'm about to try out Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue.