(cont. from previous post)
Because I molded the horns of the Triceratops as separate pieces, they had to be attached with glue. I didn’t sweat it since I have a super crazy glue that promised “amazing” adhesion. The goofy thing was that when my son got ahold of the knocker, he snapped a horn off way TOO easily. Standing in the glue isle staring at the 30-40 different glues and epoxies that all guaranteed to have the strongest and most advanced formula, it occurred to me that I didn’t even really know the difference between epoxy and glue… do you?
With all said and done, I can safely say: If you’re making something out of paper or cardboard, use glue. If you’re trying to fix something that will never be touched or have to face the elements, go with the glue. But if you’re trying to make/fix something that will be handled or see some kind of action, epoxy, epoxy, epoxy!
I had never used epoxy (which ALWAYS comes in 2 parts: a resin and a hardener), I figured why keep track of two caps when the glue only has one and claims to do the same thing. Epoxy looks pretty messy to me, I get the impression from the directions that it’s a 3 handed process. I Google, “what is the difference between glue and epoxy?” and within the cellular black hole that is HomeDepot, I hit it on the first seach: Glue resists direct pulling and Epoxy can resist off-angle stress (and fill voids). So glue is like that karate guy who says “you’ve gotta come at me like this or else my move won’t work.”
Despite the multiple caps issue I got the epoxy and I’m glad to report that it worked like a charm. It seems to hold better than any one part glue I’ve ever used. It figures, when I tightened the lids of the epoxy I snapped BOTH OF THEM. They seem to be okay in plastic bags now, but they won’t stop oozing… it’s even messier than I dreamed!