Archive for March, 2010

Happy Easter – Happy Spring!

March 30th, 2010
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Easter-Egg-Anemometer-Wind-Speed-Meter[Photo Credit:  Instructables]

Ah!  The signs of Spring are everywhere … YAY! … The snow is melting, new leaves are sprouting on the trees, flowers are blooming in the gardens, new baby birds are chirping away …. and of course, in many parts of our country, the winds are vigorously helping usher in the season …

We love this seasonal Easter Egg anemometer (instrument for measuring wind force and speed).  All it takes to make it is an inexpensive analog multimeter, some super glue, and a few other supplies you probably already have, on hand, in your tool chest.  (For complete instructions click on the Instructables website link here.)

Another sign of Spring is that Earth Day is approaching.  April 22, 2010 will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  The inspiration for Earth Day came about as a way to celebrate our environment and this amazing planet Earth!   Today millions of people celebrate by spending the day cleaning up beaches and fields; planting trees; walking to work; helping educate children about recycling and the importance of maintaining a healthy environment and a multitude of other ways.  There are lots of websites dedicated to helping people learn about things they can do, on an individual or group basis, to make the world a better place.  Check out the U.S. government’s Environmental Protection Agency website for some history and tips about this special day.

Super Glue is a great product to have on hand for your reuse/recycle projects.  So many people use it to fix and repair things that would otherwise have to be thrown away.  It’s amazing how easy it is to bring things back to their original condition with just a drop or two of super glue.  It is instant gratification and helps save the Earth a little bit each time, too! 

Super Glue can also be used to make something new out of something old.  We love to hear from the creative crafters who use our adhesive products to make something entirely new.  Often these new artifacts are created using recycled items.  We love to highlight these projects in our blog as they are really impressive. 

For this blog, we’ll close with a clever, cute, recycle idea using the same plastic Easter Eggs that created the Easter Egg anemometer we discussed earlier …. Easter Rattlesnakes!

Easter-Rattle-Snake

[Photo Credit:  Instructables]

It’s a silly idea, but it looks like a fun project that will keep the kids busy long after the last Easter Egg is found at the end of the hunt!  Directions for this great reuse/recycle project can be found on the Instructables website.  All it takes is glue and YOU!

We’re heading into a brand new season of the year!  We wish you and yours all the joys that a spectacular Spring can bring!!

Balsa Wood Super Glue Bridge Project – Challenge For Students

March 15th, 2010
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balsa-bridge-2[Photo Credit:  Green Hobby Model]

Here’s a fun, competitive, project idea for creative engineer students of almost any age.

The challenge:  Create the best (weight-bearing) engineered bridge, of any group, using:

– (20) 2 foot long pieces of balsa wood
Super Glue*
– Cutting Knives*

*adult supervision required

The competition can be structured a variety of ways, but it is most fun when students are divided into teams, with two to four students on each team. The collaborative, synergy of the group often produces the best results.

Schools can add to the excitement by making sure the event is covered in the local newspaper like Gulf Shores Middle School did in this article.

Every year there is a Technology Student Association competition in the county. Each school brings three teams of two students to the competition which is about structural engineering. They get to use 20 pieces of two-foot balsa wood, a cutting blade, and Super Glue, to create a bridge design no bigger than eight inches long and three inches wide. They also have to put it together in only two hours. After all the projects are done the judges have to test them to see if they are eligible. The judges test the projects by using a bridge tester which will pull down the bridge to see how much weight it can hold.”

There is no better way of learning than by doing!! We applaud schools, and clubs, that offer students challenging, hands-on projects like these to help teach complex concepts!

Send us some pictures of how you used Super Glue Corporation products to construct your balsa wood bridge (be sure to detail how the bridge held up to the weight and which super glue product worked best for you) and you may win some sample products!

Super Glue Makes Everyone Seem Handy!

March 4th, 2010
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We were chuckling when we read a recent post by Lynne, author of the Stealing Mom blog.  Lynne recounts in amazement how her “not a handyman” husband was able to repair several home projects in one day by using super glue.

Here’s how Lynne starts the story:  “Scott called me at work to ask me where the Super Glue® was and he would not tell me why he wanted it. My heart dropped to my feet at the thought of what all he could do with glue in his hands. As I’ve already mentioned, he is not a handyman. These little home projects usually create havoc when he attempts them. Later in the day I met him at the Mall and he was actually giddy and boasting about some home projects that he had completed.”

There is nothing like the satisfaction of being able to see instant success!  Luckily we at Super Glue Corporation often get to hear stories just like Lynne’s.  People are amazed by how easy super glue works and how easily, and quickly, it restores things back to working order in seconds!  It’s the handiest tool around.  And the good thing is it makes everyone who uses it seem handy as well!

This story has a very happy ending …. Lynne’s husband, Scott, was able to reattach a plastic piece to make the refrigerator vegetable bin work again and also fixed the mailbox just by using super glue!

What about you readers:  What have you magically repaired using super glue?  Does super glue make you feel handy?  Do you consider super glue one of the handiest tools in your toolbox?  We’d love to hear from you – Tell us your story!

Wolf Carving Sticks To Driftwood!

March 4th, 2010
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wolf5[Photo Credit:  North Idaho Carver]

This gorgeous wolf carving is mounted on a finished piece of driftwood found off the coast of Washington.  The North Idaho Carver artist/blogger, Ed, says, “The wolf is pinned on the driftwood with brads and super glue.”

Quite a beautiful piece — love it!