Archive for June, 2014

Summer’s Here and So is Seashell Art

June 27th, 2014
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[Photo Credit: www.lushome.com]

Summer is officially here, providing the opportunity for arts and crafts DIYers to create some seasonally-inspired pieces. One of the best materials to use this time of year is seashells. Using rare shells or a variety of shells, you can create virtually any decoration you can imagine. Although some seashell art may be a little challenging to pull off with your kids, you can create a fun crafts project using anything you have handy. For instance, create a unique seashell candle (like the one pictured above) to serve as a centerpiece on your outdoor table during summer picnics.

Using Super Glue Glass Adhesive, you can easily bond a variety of shells to the outside of a glass candle holder and its base. Make sure your shells are clean and free of sand before gluing. If you are working with your kids, make sure to supervise them as they glue the shells to the glass. The Super Glue Glass Adhesive cures after about 10 minutes; just make sure to work outside, as the glue needs UV exposure to cure. Once your candle holder is decorated in summer style, enjoy a nice outdoor dinner by candlelight. Arts and crafts followed by dinner under the stars sounds like the perfect summer day to us.

Foam Models Made Easy with Zap-O Foam Safe CA and Zip Kicker

June 20th, 2014
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[Photo Credit: www.hotwirefoamfactory.com]

In the past, we’ve shown you some great applications for Super Glue products on wood, metal, plastic, ceramic, and even paper products. But what if your hobbies include making models out of foam? After all, foam is a durable and lightweight modeling material that’s perfect for things like model boats or planes. Unfortunately, regular Super Glue is usually not suitable for adhering pieces of foam together. That’s where the Zap-O Foam Safe CA (cyanoacrylate) and Foam Safe Kicker come in.

Zap-O Foam Safe CA is, as its name implies, completely safe to use on most foams. It creates a strong bond that will keep your model together in even the toughest conditions. In fact, it’s more likely for the foam itself to break than the bond created with this special adhesive.

Use the Foam Safe Kicker in conjunction with the Zap-O and you will have a bond in seconds!

Pro Lok is Perfect for Model Helicopters

June 12th, 2014
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Pro Lok Thread Lock is a must-have for many model hobbyists, especially if your model of choice is a remote control helicopter. As the video above demonstrates, using a threadlocker is essential to keeping your helicopter in the air. This is because a product like Pro Lok keeps nuts and bolts in place, resisting loosening due to vibration. This will keep your model in the air, and save you the hassle of having to make repairs because of a crash. Although the video deals with RC helicopters specifically, this is also good advice for model planes and even model cars that might have similar moving parts.

Pro Lok is best used for metal-to-metal applications. It goes on easily, sets fast, and holds strong. There are some instances where Pro Lock is inappropriate for threadlocking applications. Toward the end of the video, you’ll notice that the host suggests using “CA” if you’re bonding metal to plastic. “CA” stands for cyanoacrylate, which is a fancy way of saying Super Glue. Essentially, if you have Pro Lok and Super Glue, you can keep your models from rattling loose in mid-flight.

Buttons and Super Glue Make Beautiful Art

June 6th, 2014
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[Photo Credit: Stylebandit Diaries]

Are you looking for a DIY craft project that’s fun, simple, and looks great? If so, then creating your very own mosaic out of assorted buttons may be the perfect project for you. This project calls for only a minimum of materials, and the result is always unique and colorful. And because the process is so simple, the potential for customization is virtually limitless. This is a great craft to do with the kids; just make sure to supervise all Super Glue use.

First, use a pencil to draw an outline of your design on the canvas. The mosaic above is a stag, but you can design anything with a large outline and minimal detailing. Once you have your design, all you need to do is adhere the buttons in place using Super Glue, use one of our precision applicators to perfectly place each drop. You can get a large amount of assorted buttons on eBay if you don’t already have them lying around. Fill in your outline with the buttons in random order to create the effect of the sample mosaic. Or, arrange the colors in patterns to create a design within your design. The only limit is your own imagination.

Have you ever tried this DIY craft at home? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Send us your pictures and we might feature your projects here on our blog. Happy crafting.