Regular readers of my blog will remember that I have already blogged a Recommendation on Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss many moons ago. However a fellow blogging buddy [the wonderful and immensely talented] Astrid, wrote and asked me how well Anita’s Gloss stuck things. I couldn’t answer this truthfully as I hadn’t tested the Gloss for ‘stickability’ so we’ve been testing it (via emails – as she lives at one end of the UK and I live at the other) – and I’m back here sharing the results with everyone – so that you all know too, – and I’m Recommending this product again as Craft Product of the Week, simply because of the great results I got from this ‘costs way less than that other particular brand of Glossy stuff which you can buy from the hobby retail outlets‘.
I’ve taken before and after photo’s … but … they aren’t brilliant in standard. It’s dark and dingy weather here, and no matter what lights I had on or off, I couldn’t get a decent photo. So … my apologies for the rubbish photos, but they’re the best out of a bad bunch of over 40.
The ‘before’ photo – so that you can see what types of things I chose to stick with the Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss:
You can click on all of these photographs in order to make them load bigger – but remember to click ‘back’ in your browser so that you come back to this page to continue reading.
I scribbled on the scrap card so that I could show you what I stuck and where I stuck it.
- The Glass Beads selection of 7 types, are (as you’re looking at the photo) bottom left and bottom centre.
- All the 8 various different metal charms are top left and then trailing down into the middle of the card.
- Top right are a mixture of flat back plastic (pink) pearl. Flat back glass Dew Drop (in clear pink), and a little mix of plastic gem type stones.
- Bottom right is a green plastic button
The metal charms: Some are flat, but others are undulated or are more of a rounded back, and the Angel (in the top left corner) is hollow back – but I wanted something larger so that I could pour liquid all over it to see what happened – so this seemed like a great one for that test as it was all bumpy.
The Angel you can see close up in this ↑ photograph, and you can see how I totally smothered it – just so that I could see what happened. The two ‘Made with Love’ little heart charms – I put a smaller dot of medium on the uppermost one, and a large blob of the medium to stick the lower positioned heart – just so that I could test one against the other for stickability. The ‘doughnut’ or ‘polo mint’ embelli just had three tiny little dots of medium on it.
The glass beads: I chose two different sets to squeeze a little (and it was only a little) of the gloss over them, to see how it behaved and so that I could compare it to the to the other glass beads which I simply lay on top of some of the 3D Gloss which I’d squeezed out a tiny bead, and spread it slightly, then popped the glass beads on top of it and with my finger, I gently pressed to make sure that the beads were in contact with the medium. I then left them all over-night.
The following day, everything was stuck firmly. I turned it upside down and gave it a darn good shaking. Nothing fell off. I set it flat and holding on to the card, I pushed each of the items very firmly. Nothing moved. I took my index finger and flicked each one repeatedly with a good flick, over and over, and I know that with some other glues this action would have been enough to send some of those things flying across the room – but nothing moved.
The Glass Dew Drop was a real surprise to me, as I’d not found anything (up till now) which would stick those little b*ggers securely – but this 3D Gloss had done the job.
But the real test was to try some really rough handling. So since I hadn’t been able to move any of these things by the type of basic rough handling (which I would say they might possibly encounter on a postal journey) … now I wanted to really tug on them. I wanted to force them to part company with the card:-
The smothered Angel … she really was very well stuck and I broke a fingernail getting her off – but she didn’t come off the card, the card came off the card with her. She was still stuck to it.
The little metal heart which was stuck on more lightly than the other – also stuck fast. The metal hand – again so well stuck that it pulled the card off rather than it was pulled off the card. The metal charm I thought would be the easy one was the irregular shaped open heart with the arrow through it – but again – it pulled the card off with it.
The Dew Drop was probably the easiest – but that didn’t part with the card, it again took the card with it.
I couldn’t get the plastic gems off at all. (and didn’t want to risk another fingernail).
The glass beads … the only ones I got off ‘easily’ (but not really) were the big charcoal coloured round ones – but again – they brought the card off with them.
If you click on the ‘after’ photo above it will open up much larger so that you can see the results for yourself. (remember to click back in your browser again though so that you come back here).
All in all – I was stunned and amazed at what a great job it did of this ‘stickability’ test, and because of that I’m repeating my Craft Product Recommendation so that you can see for yourself the results of this test which Astrid and I decided needed to be done!
Link to my previous recommendation about this product: https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/anitas-3d-clear-gloss-my-recommendation-of-the-week/
Link to the wonderfully talented Astrid’s Artistic Efforts blog (you’ll fall in love with her too!):- http://astridsartisticefforts.blogspot.co.uk/
Thank you so much for sharing a little of your time with me, here today. I really appreciate your company, and if you’d like to leave a comment, please do – even if it’s only to say hello! I so love to hear from folks who come for a read.
Have a truly fabulous Tuesday. Do something today which makes you happy!
With all my love ~
7 thoughts on “Experimenting with Cobs and Astrid. AKA: Testing the Stickability of Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss.”
Hello lovely Cob and thank you so much for doing this experiment with/for me. You went way beyond anything I would have expected with that little question! I went to the Range yesterday and bought 2 of the tubes and I look forward to starting to use it later today! xxx and thanks for linking to my blog, that was very kind too!
We needed to know! I’m really glad you asked me in the first place Astrid. I don’t know why I hadn’t already tested the stickability. When I was sorting through some of my metal embelli’s I actually said out loud (to the cat I think) “Why haven’t I already done this? I should have done this right back then! Stupid thing!” (I’m the stupid thing – not the cat. But the cat agreed – a swish of the tail confirmed it.)
~ 😀 Cobs. x 💋
something to think about getting when my glue runs out.. thanks for the review
Thanks, I love seeing reviews like this with actual testing! My knowledge of different glues is limited, but I need to learn more. I usually do it by testing, and this saved me some time.
It was a really great to do experiment. You can bet your sweet bippy that I’d have been in the middle of a ‘make’ and then wanted to know if the 3D Clear Gloss would stick a particular item, – so I’m really chuffed to bits to have done all the testing now.
Thanks for the comment, LemonD. Love to see your name here.
Sending love and crafty hugs ~ Cobs. x
Thank you so much for you advice. I was given a small bottle to try, but until I found your site, I was not sure what to do with it. Clear advice and ideas, thank you. Eve
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Thank you SO much for leaving a message when you came to find out more about Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss, and I’m thrilled to pieces to have been of help to you. I hope you enjoy using this Glossy Accents type product as much as I do. I honestly never put it away. It’s a permanent fixture on my desk top.
There’s another post about this Gloss in my ‘Recommendations’ which I’m hoping you’ve already seen and had a bit of a read of – but just incase you missed it, I include the link here: https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/anitas-3d-clear-gloss-my-recommendation-of-the-week/ – (you may have to copy and paste that link into a new window in order to go straight to the post). That post talks about the glossy accent side of the product, and explains a little more about how to use it if you haven’t used it before.
Again, thank you so much for your lovely comment Eve. And … don’t be a stranger! Do come and visit again.
Have a blessed rest of your day ~ Cobs.