What is it?
A lot of art or craft projects call for PVA glue... I don't know how many times I thought this was some sort of special glue. I figured if I didn't have it, I'd better just forget about the project until I could get my hands on some of this stuff.
Well, it turns out it's actually the most common white glue around. Gee, that glue we used in school, remember Elmer's Glue? That's THE glue they're talking about!
To start with, PVA stands for Polyvinyl acetates. Hey, I don't make this stuff up...I just read it somewhere.
So don't get all bent out of shape trying to find some super-special version of it. It's just white glue. (It comes in yellow as well, referred to as Carpenter's Glue.)
What makes it so good though and why it's recommended in all sorts of projects is this:
It's only toxic if you ingest it. So don't eat it.
It doesn't emit any stinky or harmful fumes.
And you can handle it safely without gloves.
It's pretty much acid-free which makes it ideal for archival work...In other words, it has a neutral PH.
It's pretty flexible.
It dries clear.
You can use it for paper, board, collage work, papier mache, book binding, crafts, wood, vinyl and as mentioned, archival work. It's even used in leatherwork!
This glue is really somethin'! :o)
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