We recently came across this great idea for keeping your electronic cables organized. These days, most people have a handful of cables that they need at arm’s length at all times. However, these cables can often slip off the top of your desk and end up on the floor. Luckily, keeping these cables handy is fairly easy using a piece of metal, some Neodymium magnets, and The Original Super Glue.
Neodymium magnets can be taken from old electronics or purchased relatively cheaply online. These special magnets are much stronger than ceramic magnets and need to be handled carefully. If you have a pacemaker or use other electronic medical devices, you may need to avoid magnets.
To keep your cables organized, the first thing you will need to do is affix the Neodymium magnets to the cables. Using a drop of Super Glue, attach one magnet to the head of each cable (the end you need to have on hand). Hold the magnet against the cable for a few seconds to allow the glue to set.
Next, take a small metal sheet and attach it to the top of your desk. You can use double-sided tape, such as Front Porch Treasures Foam Mounting Tape, to make the job quick and easy. Then, just place your newly magnetic cables on the metal sheet to keep them handy at all times.
A broken toilet tank lid can be difficult to replace, especially if you have an older model fixture. So what do you do if you drop the lid, say on your tile floor? Just reach for The Original Super Glue, of course. Continuing its reputation as one of the most versatile adhesives on the market, Super Glue was able to put the pieces back together (and keep them there) after this unfortunate bathroom mishap.
From Tony D. in West Covina:
While doing some plumbing work we accidentally dropped the toilet tank lid. Lucky for us, it only broke in three pieces. Before we were going to make a run to Home Depot, we reached for the Super Glue. It set so fast, we didn’t even have to use a clamp. The cracks are still there, but the lid is solid.
With the quick set and firm hold, a broken piece of porcelain is an easy fix for Super Glue. To fix the appearance of visible cracks, we suggest using our White Porcelain Repair. Just sand off the excess glue along the cracks and apply the White Porcelain Repair evenly. It dries white, meaning you shouldn’t even be able to see the cracks when you’re done.
We recently came across this DIY gardening article about grafting a Bartlett pear onto a Keiffer pear tree, and it turns out they had great success using Super Glue to do so. And while we aren’t gardening experts by any stretch, the results shown above seem to speak for themselves. Judging by the picture and the information in the article, it seems like the grafted portioned of the pear tree was able to thrive following this simple procedure.
According to the article, the gardener started by cutting the branches at complementary angles so that they could be joined together. Then, he placed a dab of Super Glue on the surface to be joined together (not so much that it would spill out the sides when pushed together, he adds). We would suggest using our Leather & Wood Super Glue, as it creates the best wood bond. According to the article, the glue held well enough that it didn’t slip or move as he wrapped the area in paper medical tape and painted over it with tree wound dressing.
It’s good to know that Super Glue can be used to hold a tree graft together and still allow the plant to thrive. If any of you gardeners out there have used Super Glue in your gardens, we’d love to hear from you. Good luck with your growing adventures!
Our friend Frank Garcia over at Prima Marketing Inc. recently held another scrapbooking workshop using our Extra Thick Foam Mounting Squares. Many people turned out to learn Frank’s tried and true scrapbooking techniques, which regularly include the use of our Foam Mounting Squares. Check out the amazing depth achieved using these adhesive squares in one of the pictures above.
Frank has been using our product for so long that many of the people who take his class know him as “Foam Square Frank.” We were extremely proud to be a sponsor at Frank’s Prima ArtVenture event and would like to encourage anyone interested in scrapbooking to check him out at http://www.primamarketinginc.com/. His next event is being held in Canada on April 11th.
If you have any pictures of your own art projects using our Foam Mounting Squares, or any other Super Glue product, we’d love to hear from you. Please tell us your story any time!
Each year creative students, from elementary school through college, participate in Odyssey of the Mind programs around the world. Aspiring engineering students often choose the Balsa Wood and Glue structure building, weight bearing problem. This year, as in year’s past, the Balsa Wood & Glue problem is being sponsored by Nasa. Here’s the problem synopsis:
Problem 4: The Stackable Structure
Teams will design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. The structure components will be made of only balsa wood and glue, and will be tested by balancing and supporting weights after they are stacked. Teams will be scored for the number of components they use in their final structure. Before they are stacked, the separate components will be integrated into an artistic representation of the Earth. The team will include the stacking of the components, placement of the weights, and Earth into the theme of its performance.
You can see from the specific instructions that there are many problem-solving challenges involved with this particular structure building project. One of the important decisions all teams will make is what glue they use to build their structure. We recommend our ZAP CA glues (preferably medium viscosity although this is something teams should test on their own prior to building their competition-grade structure). Here is an excellent video showing the best way to cut the balsa wood and apply the cyanoacrylate (CA) to the joints. Note: We love the tip of using the packing tape as a surface on which to apply the glue as the balsa wood and super glue can be lifted off of the packing tape with little or no sticking! We also recommend using Zip Kicker as the accelerator for the ZAP CAs.
We encourage Odyssey of the Mind teams working on this challenge to share your stories with us as you progress through the local, state, national and international competitions. Good luck to all!! We support your willingness to take on these creative, problem-solving challenges in an effort to expand your thinking skills!!
Over the years, Valentine’s Day has become more and more about consumption and less about crafting. In years past, kids and adults alike would hand make and exchange Valentines with loved ones. These days, however, most people simply buy Valentines featuring the latest cartoon characters. So if you’re looking for a great holiday-related craft to do with your kids this year, why not help them create their own Valentines mailboxes?
To start, you’ll need to get a mailbox. You can purchase a plastic mailbox at your local craft shop, or use a shoebox, both of which are pictured above. You’ll also need a few common craft supplies:
You can also use pipe cleaners, colored foam, crayons and your other favorite craft materials to add embellishments to your child’s mailbox. If you’re using a shoebox, you’ll need to cut a slot in the lid to make your mailbox. After that, use the Front Porch Treasures Glue Tape Dispenser to attach Sweethearts, construction paper hearts, and any other decorations your child wants. As an added bonus, you can both snack on the leftover candy while you work.
This fun activity can put the crafting back in Valentine’s Day and let your child work out his or her creative side. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even make your own Valentines while you’re at it. Happy Valentine’s Day!
We recently heard from a customer who was having a bit of a marital problem. Fortunately for him, it was just the kind of problem that our Bondini Xtreme-3 was made for. With its maximum strength hold and precision nozzle, it’s the perfect glue for this customer’s particular need: repairing a broken wedding topper.
From the customer, M. Guerra:
We recently moved into a new house and, during the shuffle, the tiny bouquet on our wedding topper broke off. Needless to say, my wife was very upset. Luckily, I was able to find the little porcelain bouquet at the bottom of a moving box. I picked up some Bondini and, within minutes, was able to reattach the bouquet, no problem. Now, it looks like we’ll have this little reminder of our wedding day for years to come… as long as we don’t move again.
We’re so glad that Bondini Xtreme-3 could help him preserve this precious memory. How about the rest of you? We’d love to hear more stories about the ways you use our Bondini line of adhesives.
Friday, January 31,2014 is Chinese New Year. This is The Year of the Horse. Celebrations include: reunion dinners; cleaning the house in order to make way for good fortune; lighting firecrackers; making, eating, and gifting fortune cookies; and giving away and receiving red envelopes filled with money. It is a festive holiday celebrated around the world.
We thought we would share this video with you in honor of The Year of the Horse and making things new! It’s a great DIY video with some helpful tips for you. It shows a plastic horse being repaired using baking soda and super glue! Baking soda and super glue together create a great substrate that bonds easily to plastic and can be molded and sanded once dry. Check this out:
Have you ever had the rear view mirror in your car suddenly become separated from your windshield? If this has ever happened to you, then you know the lost feeling that often accompanies this kind of mishap. After all, rear view mirrors have no discernible means of attachment to your windshield. There are no bolts, screws, or fasteners of any kind, just a smooth windshield and the plastic rear view mirror. That’s where our Pro Seal Rear View Mirror Adhesive (also available under The Original Super Glue Corporation brand) comes in handy.
Once your rear view mirror comes off, you will notice that there are actually two parts: the larger piece that houses the mirror and a small metal bracket that it affixes to. In many cases, the bracket slides right out. Once you have removed the bracket, you are ready to reattach your rear view mirror.
Repair is simple and easy. First, you will need to clean the inside of your windshield and the bracket of old adhesive. To reattach the bracket, simply apply our Pro Seal Rear View Mirror Adhesive to the bracket as instructed on the packaging. Apply the bracket to the windshield in its previous position, making sure you will have enough space to slide the mirror back on. Once the glue dries, you should be able to slide your rear view mirror back on and be ready to go.
Pro Seal Mirror Adhesive creates a permanent bond that can withstand extreme temperatures, both hot and cold. Have any of you used Pro Seal to repair your vehicles? If so, we’d love to hear from you!
In a recent story published online by The College of William and Mary, they reported that the remains of a seven-million-year-old whale were unearthed along the York River in Virginia. The find was considered tremendous, both for the size of the specimen and the relative rarity of whales from this era in this region. But our interest mainly lies in the way they kept this large, fragile fossil intact throughout the excavation: Super Glue.
It might be surprising, but fossils are not always as rigid as many of us think. Although the bones of animals are often preserved through the process of fossilization, becoming permineralized (“petrified”), it turns out that fossils can also be deceptively brittle. In fact, excavators working on the dig described parts of the skeleton as “buttery,” so soft that you could put your finger through them. In order to keep these pieces from falling apart, they used a special diluted form of Super Glue.
When we think of all the possible uses for Super Glue – from home repairs to crafts to medicine – we are continually surprised by the resourcefulness we often find. It is truly wonderful to hear that more than 70 years after the development of cyanoacrylate, it is being put to use in homes, hospitals, and at dig sites. We’re sure the bond will be strong enough to keep this specimen preserved for future generations to see and study.