Archive for August, 2015

How to Make Nearly Invisible Art Repairs With Super Glue Gel

August 26th, 2015
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Restore your precious art pieces with the strongest bonding glue.

[Image Source: Andreas Praefcke]

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.

Share Your Art Restoration or Tell Us Your Tale About the Gel

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How to Choose the Best Glue for the Job

August 19th, 2015
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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 12th, 2015
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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

Did you also use Super Glue to bring your broken jewelry back to life again? We’d love to hear about your “from junk to glory” story. Please share the details with us on our Facebook page!

The Glue Reveals The Clue

August 5th, 2015
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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!