Archive for December, 2015

Creating a New Year’s ‘Wishing Wand’

December 31st, 2015
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As people all over the world ring in the new year, they reflect upon the passing of time, yet celebrate the prospect of upcoming changes and fresh possibilities. Family and friends join in the festivities with confetti in hand and resolutions in mind. A great way to also involve little youngsters in the season’s merrymaking is by helping them create something fun and cute like this Wishing Wand craft. Using ZAP-A-GAP CA+ adhesive and a handful of materials, the Wishing Wand encourages kids to express some of the hopes and goals they have for their future, as you all start off the new year with some enjoyable family time.

What You’ll Need

  • Different colors of cardstock
  • ZAP-A-GAP CA+
  • A marker
  • An assortment of sequins, rhinestones, and other sparkly stuff
  • Scissors
  • A dowel or stick
  • Some curled ribbon or garland (optional)

The Crafty Countdown: Making the Wand

Like many other crafts, the first step to creating the wand is to prepare a suitable space for you and your child to work. Covering a surface with newspaper or an inexpensive tablecloth is a good idea, as things can get a little messy.

Next, grab the cardstock and scissors. You’ll need to make 2 different star pieces; the first one will be sort of the border of the wand and a place for your child to write their goals for the upcoming year. Star shapes can be tricky, so you can learn how to cut out a 5 point star hole with this tutorial.

Once the hollow star border is ready, get a different colored piece of cardstock to make the solid star shape that will display all the glittery bits. Trace the outline of the star border onto the fresh piece of cardstock and cut it out.

After both of the pieces have been prepared, use the ZAP-A-GAP CA+ to glue the star border to the front of the solid star. Then, have your child write a few of their wishes around the star border using a marker. Offering the opportunity to talk and to be creative, this often results in ideas that are unique and maybe even humorous.

Next, it’s time to add some sparkle and bedazzle. You can help your child adhere bigger, shiny pieces one-by-one using the Zap glue, or you can apply some adhesive to the star center and then let your child sprinkle the sequins and things all over the glued area.

When the glue has dried and the star sparkles to satisfaction, you’ll then need to attach the wand handle. Using the ZAP-A-GAP CA+ once again, adhere the selected handle piece to the back of the star. If you don’t want the connection spot to show, you can always glue another star-shaped piece of cardstock on top of it.

Lastly, once the handle is connected, add some colorful ribbon or a little bit of wired foil garland for a whimsical touch. Then you can enjoy the moment of watching your child wave in the year 2016 with their Wishing Wand in hand.

We Wish to Hear From You

Did you also use ZAP-A-GAP CA+ glue for a repair or to create something memorable? Tell us all the details on Super Glue’s Facebook page. We hope to hear from you, and wish you a very happy New Year!

 

How to Repair the Weatherstripping on Your Car

December 21st, 2015
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Wintertime’s cold air, chilly rains and falling snow certainly all know how to make an entrance. Some people adore this type of weather and welcome it with open arms, while others would simply prefer to avoid it at all costs. In any case, one thing we can all safely agree upon, is that the blustery elements of winter belong outside of our cars and not in them.

Weatherstrips are pieces of rubber that prevent rainwater from seeping into a vehicle’s interior, as well as also keeping out drafts of air. Installed around areas such as car windows and doors, these strips of rubber also stop glass from rattling and reduce the sound of road noise. However, when these rubber seals become damaged or worn with age, the outside is able to work its way inside. Pro Seal’s Super Weatherstrip Adhesive can provide a strong and secure seal which keeps the piece of rubber and the intruding wintry weather both in their rightful places.

Steps to Repair

Sometimes, weatherstrips can tear from a door or window frame in a certain spot, but the condition of the rubber is still springy and sufficient. In these cases, a repair may be all that’s needed. But when a weatherstrip has become worn out or cracked, then replacement is most likely necessary.

If your weatherstrip does not need to be completely replaced, but just reattached to do its job, follow these few, simple steps. First, you’ll need to use a gentle cleaner to clean the rubber and the surface area in which the strip has become loose. Once that has been done and has been dried, apply a small line of the adhesive to the back of the rubber and to the channel. Next, allow the adhesive to dry somewhat until it’s of a tacky consistency.

Then, reposition the strip and press it into place. Use masking tape to secure the rubber seal while the adhesive dries. Pro Seal’s Super Weatherstrip Adhesive is quick drying, but some people leave the tape on for a little under an hour before removing.

Seal Out the Weather, But Let The Sticky Stories Pour In

Weatherstripping does a good deed when it comes to keeping the elements on the outside of your car. With El Nino in our midst and the wet and wild ways of winter in our path, it’s important to maintain and/or replace these useful rubber strips before our vehicle’s interior is affected.

So, if you’ve also used Pro Seal’s Super Weatherstrip Adhesive for such a repair, we’d love to hear your tale. Please share it with everyone on Super Glue’s Facebook page. Oh, and don’t forget to try and stay warm this winter season!

 

 

 

Your Best Super Glue Sports Fixes

December 14th, 2015
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Sports and various athletic activities play an integral part in the lives of millions of people. Not only can they provide benefits when it comes to aspects of health, but they also have the capacity to offer an enormous amount of fun. However, let’s be honest, what’s not so fun is when these activities leave your gear in need of repair or a quick fix. Such circumstances are all a part of life, but thankfully sticky situations are what Super Glue Brand Products do best. Here’s a look at how these fast bonding adhesives can put wear-and-tear on the bench, and keep you in the game.

Ready, Set, Repair!

Tennis, Anyone? Return after return, tennis racquets can take a bit of a beating. But a loose grip doesn’t have to result in a sudden end to this “love” story. Replacing a worn grip with a new one is quickly and easily done by applying a small amount of Bondini Glue.  Its ability to provide a strong bond even through dirt and grease makes it an excellent adhesive to choose for this type of racquet repair, as well as mending fishing gear and other sports equipment fixes.

Another great fix for the grip on your tennis racket, golf clubs or racquet ball smasher is E-Z Fuse Tape. In fact, this versatile tape can be used on anything that needs a better grip. So if you find your hands slipping and sliding, wrap a bit of this around your handle and swing away in confidence.

Aces for Laces Skateboarders also commonly apply Super Glue to their shoelaces in order to protect them from busting or falling apart so easily when doing tricks.

Rope it Together To prevent those who sail, CrossFit, or exercise from being at the end of their ropes, Super Glue can come in handy for various rope fixes. Sailors can use it to repair fraying rope ends. And by applying some of the adhesive to a boxer’s or CrossFitter’s speed rope, it can altogether keep the rope well, all together.

Be a Sport, Share Your Story

From the dirt-defying powers of Bondini, to the high performance properties of The Original Super Glue, these powerful adhesives know how to hit a homerun when sports repairs throw a curve ball. If you, too, have used them for a sport fix or know of a unique repair that should make this list, please share it with us on our Facebook page!