From DT Online
Gluing is the process of sticking things together - usually this is regarded as a permanent bonding but there are exceptions (e.g. antique restorers tend to use Animal Glue to ensure that any restoration work can easily be undone if required). The glues, or adhesives, used most commonly are water, solvent, heat or chemical based and can be used to bond together most materials - and materials of different types to each other.
The key to successful gluing is careful preparation - and using the right glue for the job!
Gluing Paper and Card
- Always pre-crease and fold everything before attempting to glue it. Try out the best assembly sequence dry before applying adhesive.
- PVA type adhesive can be used on bare card, paper or wood but materials with a glossy surface will often require a solvent based adhesive or adhesive tape. A water based contact type adhesive is available however, and this is safer to use.
- Use a scrap of paper to mask off when brushing glue on to tabs. Glue one flap or tab at a time if possible. Don't over-glue, allow for the bead of glue to creep out when squeezed.
- When joining an edge to a surface, use a cocktail stick or toothpick to trail a bead of glue along the contacting edge. Use clothes pegs, bulldog clips, weights, rubber bands or masking tape to support the joint until the adhesive dries.