Elmer’s Glue has come a long way.
I remember when I was in first grade, we didn’t really have glue. We had paste. The paste came in a tiny little jar with a tiny little spoon. It was kind of a flat spoon and it was supposed to be used for scraping the paint out of the jar onto the paper.
Some people skipped the paper and just used the spoon to eat the paste.
I remember being fascinated with the paste-eating kids. There was one in particular who ate it on a regular basis. All the time. Every day. I waited to see what would happen to him. Would his hair fall out? Would he turn sticky? Would he start eating the crayons, next?
The weird this was nothing ever happened.
All that glue and he still knew that the capital of California was Sacramento.
Why waste your glue on something like that when you could be using it to crackle your table top.
Remember this table from the turtle-filled-field-fried-chicken-eating photo shoot?
I crackled it with glue.
A crackle finish for only .97.
And it’s so easy.
Crackle Glue Finish
1. Paint your base coat the color you want to show through on the crackle. With this table, I didn’t paint it. I just left it yard-sale white. You’ve seen yard-sale white before. It’s on all pieces that were once pristine white and now have faded and aged and look a little forlorn.
It’s one of my favorite colors in the universe.
2. Paint the glue on where you want it to crackle. Hint #1: use a lot of glue. I used almost the whole bottle. The more glue you use the more it will crackle.
Don’t be shy.
Glump it on.
(3) This is not a good picture of the glumped on glue, but trust me.
And now you wait for the glue to almost dry. This is an important step. Hint #2 you want the glue finish to be sticky. If you let the glue dry all the way it will not crackle and if it doesn’t dry enough it will just be a gluey glump.
This is one time when tacky is perfect.
(4) After the glue is tacky, you brush on your top coat. Hint #3 brush it in one direction. When you apply the top coat, don’t brush back and forth because this prevents the glue from crackling the paint properly. Where your glue is more thickly applied, you will have heavy crackling.
Where there is a lighter coat of glue, you will have lighter crackling.
That’s the long and short of glue-crackling.
Wasn’t it so easy?
….I still wonder about that first-grade paste eater.
Where is he?
What is he doing now?
Is paste still a delicacy to him?
I feel like I need to DVR “My Strange Addiction” just in case 🙂
PS If you want a much better tutorial on different glue crackling effects without any random paste eating stories click here.
PPS If you want to see a totally one-of-a-kind project using glue click here.