How to Make Nearly Invisible Art Repairs With Super Glue Gel

August 26, 2015 No comments »
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Restore your precious art pieces with the strongest bonding glue.

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Art is all around us, much more than we realize. It can be found in the forms of delicate figurines, colorful pottery, and cherished family heirlooms. These decorative pieces of art have a way of beautifying a home and at times wind up in pieces. A broken work of art does not always have to end with tossing it in the garbage. Super Glue Gel can be an effective tool to use for patching up your favorite masterpieces.

Materials This Gel Bonds With

Compared to liquid Super Glue, the gel’s consistency is thicker and it does not drip or run allowing you more precision. It works well on porous surfaces such as leather and other artwork such as:

• Ceramic
• China/Porcelain
• Metal
• Pottery
• Soft & Hard Wood

Hints & Steps to a Near Invisible Repair

The road to a successful art repair should begin with some careful preparation. Start by making sure your pieces are clean and dry and that you are working on a protected surface (aluminum foil works well).
Next, plan out your repair project by ensuring all of the pieces fit together. While the thickness of the gel will work well for filling in gaps, it won’t do much good if the wrong pieces are stuck together.

Hint

Keep in mind that unless you are a restoration expert, the repair may not be completely invisible. However, don’t be discouraged. Super Glue Gel is applied without color, so there should not be a significant difference after it cures. Just remember that putting the pieces together as precisely and evenly as possible, is a major part of achieving a successful, near invisible repair.

Steps

Once you are ready to begin gluing, open the tube away from your face and then complete the following steps:

1. Apply 1 drop of gel per inch to one surface
2. Connect the pieces together and apply some pressure for about 15-30 seconds
3. Full strength should be achieved in 24 hours
4. Voila, you can go back to displaying your beautiful artwork, in one piece.

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How to Choose the Best Glue for the Job

August 19, 2015 No comments »
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We can help you find the right glue for the job.

Adhesives can truly save the day when it comes to repairs, quick fixes, and creative craft projects. As there’s a large selection of glue types to choose from, it’s important to pick the best one in order to ensure a successful result for each particular job. Many of us have tried using a random adhesive we had within reach, attempted to repair something, and discovered that the pieces failed to bond.

Check out these handy tips and facts that will hopefully help make your next sticky situation … stick:

Adhesive Hints & Helps

Hint: The Materials Matter - This may sound obvious, but it’s definitely worth stating. The type of glue best suited for a project depends on the kinds of materials being adhered and the chemical properties of the adhesive. Pay attention to the specific kind of materials you wish to bond and let that fact guide you to the right glue.

Hint: Note the Needs of Your Repair – Choosing the best glue for the job, also depends on the project’s parameters. For example, ask yourself questions such as, “Do I need the adhesive to set rapidly or will I need more time to arrange the pieces?”

Additionally, think about whether you will require a waterproof adhesive or one that withstands extreme temperatures. Answering questions such as these will help you narrow in on the adhesive that will work best for your repair.

Glue Mini-Overview

Super Glue: Also referred to as cyanoacrylate, this adhesive creates strong bonds and sets quickly. It’s best on non-porous materials for a wide variety of household, industrial, and innovative uses. Super Glue can be used on rubber, metal, china, jewelry and more to repair clean breaks.

Epoxy: Epoxies are composed of separate parts: hardener and resin. These parts will need to be mixed or dispensed equally from an applicator. They provide a strong bond and are excellent at filling in gaps. They are able to meet a large number of applications because they come in different formulas. To name a few epoxy types, some are delayed set, providing increased time to place all the pieces together, while others are quick-setting metal adhesives, designed to bond different metals for appliance repairs or similar projects.

Silicone: Silicone adhesives and sealants create durable and flexible bonds. In terms of temperature they are extremely stable and can be used for many applications, such as window, automotive, and bathroom repairs. They bond, caulk, and seal and are resistant to moisture.

Super Glue’s Here to Help

We covered just a few of the many useful adhesives available. If you’re still stuck, no pun intended, we want to make sure you find the right glue for your specific project needs. Use the Glue Guide to select the correct glue quickly, or call 1(866) GLUE-911 for assistance. We’re here to help!

Bring Your Broken Jewelry Back to Life with Super Glue

August 12, 2015 No comments »
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Steampunk your jewelry in a few simple steps.

Wearing jewelry offers up a great opportunity to dazzle up your outfit, make a fun fashion statement, and express your unique sense of style. However, when an emotionally valuable piece breaks, its final destination is often doomed for the junk jewelry drawer or the bottom of the wastebasket. Instead of simply tossing these bits and pieces away, gather them up and do a little DIY design.

What You’ll Need

With the help of Super Glue, you can bring old and broken jewelry back to life in creative and inspiring ways. Here are some additional tools and elements you can use to redesign your jewelry in no time:

  • Gold or Silver Toned Chains
  • Old Watches
  • Worn Jewelry Pieces: charms, lockets, pins, beads, and gems
  • Vintage Items: small padlocks, keys, and key rings
  • Tweezers

Steps To Steampunk Your Jewelry

If you have the jewelry style in mind, creating steampunk jewelry may be right up your alley. In a unique blend of Victorian and industrial/mechanical styles, steampunk jewelry captures the essence of the past and the future and transforms “junk” into art. Steps to making these masterpieces include:

  1. Choose Your Pieces: Focus on old watches, gear charms, vintage keys, and lockets for a stylish steampunk look.
  2. Disassemble Old Watches: Remove watch faces and gears from your busted timepieces.
  3. Plan Your Design: Layer jewelry elements, like the watch face or glitzy charms on top of watch gears, or vintage keys hanging from a keyring. Next, determine which combinations look best and fits your style.
  4. Glue Them Together: Applying small drops, and begin to glue down your design. Super Glue works well on nonporous materials such as metal, and sets in seconds, providing a strong bond for your jewelry creation. Use tweezers if necessary to attach tiny beads and gems. You can also use the adhesive to bond the layered gears and charms directly to the chain, or attach a small connector link to the gear if you desire dangly movement.
  5. Dry Before Wearing: Although Super Glue bonds instantly, it’s best to let your design set for about half an hour or so before wearing. After that time period, you can either decide whether to wear or share your steampunk masterpiece!

Other Tips to Creating Innovative Jewelry

Remember that DIY jewelry design is the perfect chance to create unique pieces so don’t be afraid to explore the possibilities.

If you have broken chains that vary in link style and color, try connecting portions of different chains together to create one interesting strand.

You can also try using unexpected elements like old locks, coins, bottle caps, and buttons. You just may be surprised at how much they enhance your creation.

Share Your Redesign Story

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The Glue Reveals The Clue

August 5, 2015 No comments »
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Glue helps crack the case by lifting fingerprints from weapon.

Many of us are familiar with the popular entertainment trend of criminal investigation programs, showcasing the art of forensics and the process of catching criminals. As riveting as they may be, it’s not always so simple. However, as shown in the New Scientist article, “Vapourised Super Glue helps lift fingerprint from gun trigger,” sometimes life really does pan out like it would onscreen.

Playing a vital role in forensics, super glue is used in a method called cyanoacrylate fuming to reveal fingerprint evidence. It can be difficult to obtain fingerprint evidence from firearms, especially around the trigger, but in this case, the adhesive worked to bring about a successful result. You could say that the “sticky” helped solve the tricky.

How exciting is it that this everyday product found in tons of households, can also be utilized in the name of justice to catch criminals? Discover how to use our favorite bonding solutions in your own fingerprint finding activity, fun for both children and the amateur detective-at-heart.

Also, do tell us how you used this adhesive for your repair rescues or inspiring innovations, and you could win some nifty free samples!

An Office Quick Fix: Repairing a Drawer with Super Glue’s Fix-All Adhesive

July 22, 2015 No comments »
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Repair broken drawers with Super Glue quickly.

Many people have been here: you pull that desk drawer open and the drawer face comes completely off. Once the initial shock has worn off, and the scattering of papers and debris has been cleaned up, next comes the game plan. A broken wooden drawer can’t easily be replaced, especially if the desk is older. With Super Glue’s Fix-All Adhesive, that gaping hole in the desk can easily become a quick-fix.

Steps to Desk Drawer Repair

First gather the drawer face and remove the entire drawer from the desk. If drawer contents haven’t already been emptied, do this now or things could get messy. Then, move the parts to a protected work area and let the repair begin.

The tube of Fix-All Adhesive will need to be pierced before applying it, so use the outer cap to penetrate the seal. Be careful to do this while pointing away from the body and face.

Next, apply the adhesive generously to both surfaces, the edge of the broken drawer face and the drawer itself. Then press the pieces together, you can leave the drawer face down during the drying time of 10 minutes.

Lastly, let the adhesive cure for 24 hours before returning the drawer to the desk and back to its full-time position of clutter keeper.

Multi-Purpose Solvent & Sealer

Used for glueing, sealing, and repairing, Super Glue’s Fix-All Adhesive has several applications and works on many additional materials such as:

  • Brick
  • Canvas
  • Glass
  • Non-Porous Materials
  • Porous Materials
  • China
  • Concrete
  • Fabric and lots more

Tell-All About Fix-All Adhesive

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Fly Fisher’s Essential Gadgets!

July 16, 2015 No comments »
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BN-JC780_teches_J_20150626111835[Photo Credit:  Wall Street Journal (June 26, 2015)]

Summer is the best time of year for Fly Fishers, Hikers, and Campers!  So many adventures and wonderful places to go far away from crowds and confusion.  Packing light and smart is the key to all successful travel and these sports enthusiasts know how to do it best!

Recently, there was a terrific article in the Wall Street Journal (June 26, 2015) by Chris Kornelis titled, “Fly Fisher April Vokey’s Favorite Gadgets“.   Super Glue was honored to be listed, and pictured, as one of Fly Fisher, April Vokey’s favorite gadgets!  We know that fly fishers depend on super glue to reinforce knots on specialty flies, and all hikers and campers appreciate having super glue along as a fix all for tool, boot, and tent repairs as well as a great coating over blisters and calluses.   We wrote some tips about this in our June 2013 Newsletter … Check it out for more information!

Enjoy the rest of this amazing summer and don’t forget to take along some tubes of super glue with you … Let us know how super glue came in handy on your adventure and you may win some free samples!!!

These Boots Were Made for Bonding with Bondini Everything Gel

July 15, 2015 No comments »
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Repair the soles of your boots with Bondini Everything Gel

Split shoe soles have a way of tripping people up, literally. When a favorite pair of boots or footwear suffers that moment of separation, the dirt may fly and the heart may sink just a little bit. Some take their shoes to get repaired professionally, which can be expensive. Others donate or even dispose of the pair. However, Super Glue’s Bondini Everything Gel can make shoe repair simple and effective, and not so much of a “soul” splitting experience.

Abundant Bonding Applications

When it comes to bonding, Bondini Everything Gel’s name says a lot. It works on just about everything, including materials such as:

  • Leather
  • Cardboard
  • Rubber
  • Ceramic
  • Metal
  • China
  • Wood
  • Most Plastics
  • Corkboards
  • Jewelry and much more

Footsteps to Footwear Repair

First gather your boot or shoe that’s in need of fixing. There’s no prep or cleaning needed with Bondini Everything Gel because it’s able to create a strong bond through grease and it works on dirty or oily surfaces. This product is ideal for footwear repair as shoes come in contact with a lot of grime and dirt.

Next open the bottle of adhesive and apply the gel to the inside of the split sole. Firmly press the sole against the boot and in seconds it should bond. Wipe away any excess gel that may have seeped out onto the exterior edge of the sole. Wait 24 hours before wearing the repaired footwear again.

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How to Fix Weather Stripping with Super Glue’s Super Weather Strip Adhesive

July 8, 2015 No comments »
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Weatherstripping done right with Super Glue's best adhesives.

Weatherstrips that are used and worn can come loose – it happens. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to replace them. That’s where Super Glue’s Super Weatherstrip Adhesive, from their Pro Seal line of products, comes in handy.

This product is ideal for securing worn or damaged weatherstrips. It’s also high strength, fast drying and can bond to several different surfaces.

Tips For Weatherstripping

For starters, if you’re looking to secure your weatherstrip to your door, you want to position it high enough so it doesn’t drag any rugs. It would be ideal if you mark the placement beforehand.

Secondly, you’re going to want to make sure the surface area of your weatherstrip and your door or window are dry and wax free.

Then apply the Super Weatherstrip Adhesive to both surfaces, and allow it to dry for 3 to 5 minutes. When you’re ready to secure it, apply a thin second coat to the weatherstripping and attach it to its proper position immediately.

The once pesky, detached weather strip will now be secured and should stay in place, even on the most frequently used doors or windows.

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Find out how you can Super Weatherstrip Adhesive or similar products that we offer. If you have any tips or tricks on how Super Glue has helped you out when you are stuck in a bind, share them with us on our Facebook page.

Packing for Summer Adventures? Remember Your Super Glue

June 28, 2015 No comments »
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Fly Fisher April Vokey recently interviewed with the Wall Street Journal. She spoke of her favorite items to have with her while fly fishing. Among them was Super Glue!! We have always known it is a must have for any travel kit. Share how it helped you on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear your story!

For the full article click on the below link.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/fly-fisher-april-vokeys-favorite-gadgets-1435334024

Using Super Glue’s Model & Hobby Cement for Car Model Construction

June 18, 2015 No comments »
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Car model done right with Super Glue

For many people, model building is an art form, a challenge, a passion. Connecting all of the intricate plastic pieces takes not only dedication, but also a strong adhesive. Super Glue’s Model & Hobby Cement rises to this car model-building challenge and meets it with flying colors. Through several key characteristics, it proves itself an ideal product to use for this kind of project.

Model & Hobby Cement Features

Whether it’s a car or warship, a successful construction obviously requires an adhesive that will hold the pieces together. No one wants their model to end up in a slew of scattered parts. In comparison with other adhesives, Super Glue’s Model & Hobby Cement creates a superior bond when dealing with certain plastics and it is:

  • Quick setting
  • Dries hard
  • Works well on Polystyrene models/toys & ABS Plastic
  • Welds plastic together
  • Works on cardboard, wood, & ceramics

Tips for Use

Before beginning to build the model, make sure all the plastic pieces are both clean and dry and the project area is ventilated. For best results, use fine sandpaper to roughen surface. Next, once the parts are ready to be joined, pierce the sealed cover of the cement tube with the end of the cap. Make sure to keep the tube directed away from the face and to not squeeze the tube while piercing.

Apply a small amount of cement to one model part and then either press, or use a clamp, to connect to another piece while the adhesive sets. In this case, the way Super Glue’s Model & Hobby Cement creates such a strong bond as it grips the plastic, welds and fuses it together.

Due to its power, not a lot is needed for such small areas of application. Lastly, after drying quickly, full strength should be achieved by the 24-hour mark. And hopefully with all the plastic pieces firmly in place, it will be a model of perfection.

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