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RE: glue -PVA?


From: Jeanne Voltura (jvoltura_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Feb 21 2004 - 13:02:46 PST

actually...pva glue is supposedly acid free...its the glue that is most used
in book cover the board the is used for the covers and the
spine...there are several brands of this glue...usually they are only
available at fine art supply stores...or book binding stores...i know that
light impressions used to carry it...and dick blick carries it...i think...

-----Original Message-----
From: Hillmer, Jan []
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 4:50 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: glue -PVA?

Found this at

PVA Glues
Plain old white glue

PVA (Polyvinyl acetates) are probably the most common adhesive on the
market. They come in a variety of formulas, all ever so slightly different,
and specific to what they are designed to glue. Here are some tips for using
Polyvinyl acetates.

All PVAs are designed to work on porous materials only
PVAs are water based, and clean up with warm soapy water.
PVA is only toxic to ingest, it does not emit any harmful fumes, and is not
hazardous to touch
PVA sets best in good air circulation, at room temperature.
PVAs need pressure to adhere, see our info on clamping.
Most PVAs are not water proof. The yellow PVAs have a higher moisture
resistance than the white ones, but neither are completely water proof.
Never allow your PVAs to freeze. This breaks down the polymers and your glue
will be rendered useless!

Yellow PVAs have a shorter shelf life than white PVAs.
Be wary of over priced PVAs that claim to be for a specific use. There is
very little difference from one PVA to the other, and nothing that should
increase the cost.
Although PVA is not a gap filler, in some cases you can add sawdust to it to
increase it's gap filling ability.


-----Original Message-----
From: C Gaul []
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 7:28 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: glue -PVA?

I keep hearing to use PVA glue, mostly on British shows and books, and I am
not entirely clear on what PVA Elmer's PVA?
If it is not, what is it and where do you get it? I was looking for it half
heartedly at one point for some papier mache thing I was going to try, but
gave up. This was a while back.

Any info?