Precision Tip Glue Applicator Review

Precision Tip Glue Applicator Review

Precision Tip Glue Applicator Review

Precision Tip Glue Applicator

Precision Tip Glue Applicator

Have you ever bought something and wondered how you ever made it through life without one? Well, this is true of the Quilled Creations Precision Tip Glue Applicator.

I think the largest part of my time spent quilling is messing around with glue. Seriously. From the multi-step per-quill gluing procedure, to gluing down the quills, to keeping my glue liquid, I often feel as though any step I can eliminate along the way is going to help me get through my projects faster.

When I first started quilling I went through several months of what I call “Glue Horrors.” This was where I spent a minor fortune on glue failures and ended up back at the first one I ever tried – Elmer’s! Once I’d decided on my preferred glue, I used pretty much the same technique for a year. I would squeeze out some glue into a pile. Use my needle tool to flip back the end of my quill. Dip it in glue. Run the end along the paper. Use tweezers to clamp it down for a few seconds. When some of my artwork have had upwards of 500 individual pieces, you can imagine how much time I spent just gluing quills. Ugh!

And it didn’t stop there. Beyond the gluing of the quills there was the unclogging of the Elmer’s cap. The constant drying of my glue puddle. Making more puddles. Using only a fraction of them before they dried again. I started buying Elmer’s by the CASE because I was going through so much of it.

And then I happened to be looking for some supplies at my local art shop and saw an applicator bottle with a cone-shaped tip. It was large so it held a lot of glue. The tip was relatively small so I could apply directly to quills for gluing down. I could also smear it onto the background when working large areas. It helped with the time expenditure, but not as much as the Precision Tip Glue Applicator.

A month or so ago I broke down and bought one from Quilled Creations. Here is my opinion.


Excellent glue application. As in, I can apply the teeniest amount of glue possible and directly onto the strips or quills. This is a huge time-saver and I’ve since retired my needle tool. This is the best part and the reason I will never use anything else until I find one that improves upon this.

I can’t praise this applicator enough. When they say it’s a precision tip, they really mean it! I can dispense minute portions of glue, exactly where I want them, and this even means on the side-edge of the paper. For those of you who quill, you know how important it is to have glue, but not too much glue on your work. Any inconveniences I’ve experienced with the bottle pales in comparison to its usefulness. And, I really hope you buy one so you can see for yourself!

It is incredibly tiny. I know I have this in my con’s section too, but there’s a reason for it. The tiny size allows me to hold it in my hand WHILE I’m quilling and not feel like I’m going to drop anything. But the tiny size, coupled with it’s durability lands it in the con section below for two other reasons.


It is incredibly tiny. It is literally the length of my thumb and about twice the diameter. Itsy bitsy. So why is it $4.95? That’s a steep price for such a little item and because of the issues below, it makes me feel like it should be priced a little lower. But, I don’t decide prices, I just give my opinion. And that is: you will likely want a couple of these on-hand so it’s one of the more expensive quilling products Quilled Creations sells.

It’s not very durable. The cap is a wonderful thing. It keeps the glue from drying out in the metal barrel tip, but it’s attached to the cap with a flimsy piece of plastic. I managed to break mine off within just a few days. Once I broke the cap off, it became less convenient for a number of reasons.

  1. The cap is small and easily lost. I spend more time finding the cap than quilling, LOL.
  2. Losing the cap means dried out glue. Trying to free the very thin metal barrel of dried glue is an act of Congress to say the least.
  3. Using pins to seal the barrel isn’t the best idea unless you have stainless steel pins. The water content in the glue will oxidize the pin shaft and discolor all of your glue.
  4. Using a pin that is too narrow will only result in the pin welding itself to the metal barrel tip. This was a pain to free up.

I ended up buying two more to keep as spares because this is seriously the most useful new tool I’ve found in a long time. But… once that cap breaks off. Ugh!

So in the end I say buy this (actually at least two). Suck up the cost, it’ll be worth it in the end. But don’t expect it to be as long-lasting as any of the other products you get from Quilled Creations. Usefulness gets two thumbs up. Durability and price… I’ll give it a single half-flag thumb.

My art is for sale. If you would like to purchase something you see on my site, or want an entirely unique quilling made just for you, please contact me. I have some listings for original artwork and prints available on my Etsy Shop, and can always create a custom listing for you. Do you have any comments, questions, or suggestions? Please feel free to let me know what's on your mind. Or, you can contact me directly. Please visit Quilled Creations for all your quilling needs. They offer some of the best products on the market including premium quilling paper, high-quality tools, kits, and much, much, more.

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