Archive for January, 2017

Home Centerpieces: How They’re Possible with Super Glue

January 10th, 2017
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The key to designing a room or decorating any space is how you tie it together. Accents, negative space, and varying color palettes all function together to bring aesthetic wholeness to your living space. Naturally, the heart of any room is the centerpiece. A thoughtfully placed flower arrangement or candle layout can instantly gift your dining room with added personality and charm, but why spend your money on centerpieces you can’t change when you can make your own for a fraction of the cost?

Dish Centerpiece Decoration

Dish Centerpiece Decoration

These DIY centerpieces utilize both household items and inexpensive accessories to create eye catching enhancements to your living room, dining room, or kitchen. With a little bit of Super Glue and some creativity, you can get crafting and create something you’re proud to show off.

Flower Ball Bouquet

Great for end tables or shelf decorations, these petite bouquet ornaments are easy to make and look beautiful. Gather these materials:

  • Zap-O Foam Safe CA
  • Foam Safe Kicker
  • Artificial, silk flowers
  • Candle holder
  • Ribbon
  • Styrofoam ball (toy whiffle balls work great as well!)

Begin by separating your flowers, cutting the stems down to an appropriate size. Once all the flowers are cut, trace the rim of your candle holder with Zap-O Foam Safe CA. Don’t overapply, as the glue will spread once your ball is placed on top. Spray some Foam Safe Kicker all around the Styrofoam ball. Place the ball atop the candlestick holder and apply light pressure, letting the adhesive dry.

Next, apply a small amount of Zap-O Foam Safe CA to the end of your flower stem and stick onto your Styrofoam ball, maintaining even coverage. Once the entire ball is covered with flowers, tie an appropriately colored ribbon around the stem of your candle holder and you’ve got yourself a perfect little accent piece for any small space in your home.

Recommended Product: Zap-O Foam Safe Glue and Zap-O Foam Safe Kicker – This odorless adhesive is perfect for all kinds of crafts and dries in only 15 seconds. Works on foams, ceramics, and wood.

 

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Dish Décor

The most rewarding home décor are often those you create yourself. Using nothing but common kitchen plates and glassware with adhesive, turn the center of your table into a unique accent that highlights varying shapes and colors. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Assorted dishware and glasses
  • Super Glue
  • Dish cloth
  • Dish soap
  • Rubbing alcohol

First, organize your plate ware into a mock arrangement of what you think you’ll want. Don’t be afraid to mess around and get creative with your design. Larger saucers tapering up to smaller glassware like a candlestick, densely stacked dishes for a bold and simple look, or a platter-style arrangement using glass tumblers – all can offer a different feel for your table. As a general rule of thumb, it’s typically a good idea to vary your objects in size, height, and texture for a more dynamic centerpiece and aim for odd numbers (ideally groups of three).

Wash all the pieces you will be arranging with dish soap and a cloth, then let dry. It is recommended that you also give your dishes and glasses a once-over cleaning with rubbing alcohol to guarantee a clean working surface for your adhesive. Using a dime-sized amount of super glue, adhere the flattest surfaces to each other in the layout you desire. Carefully hold your plates together for the amount of time specified on your glue packaging to ensure a strong bond.

Recommended Product: ACCUTOOL Super Glue Gel – Housed in a squeezable dispenser, this adhesive gives you fine control that won’t drip or run. Works well on ceramics, china, metal, pottery, rubber, and plastics.

 

For a full look at Super Glue’s complete & diverse family of adhesives, click here.

Shedding Light on the Winter Months with Super Glue

January 5th, 2017
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Summer is long gone, fall is behind us, and winter has once again taken over with cold days and chilly nights. While there’s nothing more fun than going out with friends or taking a family vacation, there is something about these winter weeks that just begs us to stay inside and simply get cozy.

Candles not only make an easy accent to any shelf or table, but lend themselves beautifully to personalization. With a virtually endless choice of size, shape, and color, DIY candle holders are the perfect homemade project for those looking for a cheap and charming addition to their home. Why be confined to cuddling up by the fire when you can spread the warmth?

 

twinkling-twigs

twinkling-twigs

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Gettin’ Twiggy With It

Golden leaves, crisp air, and amber-tinted evenings are perfect excuses to break out the crafting supplies and make use of some surrounding nature. With just an inexpensive small candle and some twigs from the yard, bring some rustic personality to your mantle or end table. These unique accents will bring some of the great outdoors inside to keep you cozy for those long, chilly winter nights.

Gather these materials before you begin:

  • Glass jar candles
  • Super Glue
  • Thin twigs/branches
  • Pruners
  • Twine

First, collect your twigs from outside. They don’t all have to be identical, but try and collect ones of similar thickness and that are relatively straight. This will both make it them easier to adhere to the candle jar, and will keep your final product looking cohesive. Next, using your pruners, cut your twigs so that they will stick a half inch to an inch above the lip of your candle jar. Keep in mind you are using wood near a fire, so you don’t want your branches sticking up too high.

Apply your Super Glue in vertical strips around your candle jar and attach your twigs one by one and as close together as possible around the candle. Keep them close to the same height, but not identical, and let dry. Slightly staggering their height will give your candle a more natural and “wild” feel. Finally, you can tie your twine in a bow around the waste of your candle to complete the look. What you’re left with is your own personal campfire to complement your home.

Recommended Product: Super Glue ACCUTOOL– Precision applicator and 20 second dry time makes this a great choice for DIY crafting. Ideal for Ceramic, hard or soft wood, most plastics, pottery, and porcelain.

 

mason-jar-prism-candle-holder-vase

mason-jar-prism-candle-holder-vase

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Mason Jar Lantern

If you’re missing the beach or just looking for a crafty and contemporary decoration for your room, this one is for you. Nothing beats the ambiance of working by lantern light. A soft glow radiating in all directions is both calming and beautifully illuminates any corner of your room.

Collect these supplies:

  • Mason Jar
  • Super Glue
  • Small candle
  • Transparent fire pebbles
  • Ribbon (optional)

Apply a horizontal band of your Super Glue around the circumference of the jar and begin to stick the fire pebbles around, one by one. Work your way down and around your jar, making sure to allow each pebble to adequately dry before moving to the next. It’s a meticulous project, but the more time you invest in making sure your pebbles are even and stay put, the longer your finished product will last and the better it will look. When your jar is sufficiently coated in clear pebbles, place your candle inside, leaving the lid open.

For additional garnish, you may choose to tie a ribbon around the rim of your jar. The true satisfaction comes when you finally light up your new lantern. Rays from the candle shine out in all directions, creating a hypnotic prism of candlelight. Though it is a bit more time consuming than the others, the final result couldn’t be more worth it.

Recommended Product: Dries Clear Glass Adhesive– This glue dries crystal clear and sets in 5 seconds. Water resistant and excellent for small beads. This adhesive works best bonding glass to ceramic, glass to glass, and glass to metal.

For more information on Super Glue’s diverse family of adhesives click here.

New Year Repair Resolutions with Super Glue

January 1st, 2017
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With the New Year upon us, it’s once again time to compile your annual list of things to improve on. A new start often brings with it promises of going back to the gym; laying off certain foods; or dropping any nagging, bad habits. What many people don’t think about are the small fixes around the house that need attention.

These repairs are all too often neglected because they’re not always noticeable, and the excuse “I’ll get around to it eventually” is just too easy to make. If there was ever a time to get around to it, it’s the New Year. Start 2017 by getting your hands dirty and putting your Super Glue to good use, because the best resolutions are the ones which truly make you feel accomplished.

blue coffee mug with broken handle

blue coffee mug with broken handle

Add some of these easy home repairs to the top of your New Year’s resolution list and get fixing!

Broken dishware

 

If you’re anything like me, you have your go-to mug. No longer do you have to send your favorite broken mug to the ceramic cemetery. Dishwasher Safe Super Glue is made for these exact repairs. Bonding instantly and crystal clear, this adhesive is more than capable of restoring your favorite wine glass, coffee mug, or stained glass plate.

Dishwasher Safe Super Glue works best on:

  • Ceramics
  • Crystal
  • Glass to Glass
  • Tinted Glass
  • Stained Glass
  • Glass to Metal

Wood

For wood repairs of any kind, Super Glue has consistently been the go-to solution for decades. For example, unsightly nail holes can be filled with a mixture of Super Glue and sawdust. Of course, you should make sure the color of the sawdust matches the wood you are trying to blend, but this old carpenter’s trick has been proven effective time and time again.

For other miscellaneous furniture around the house, cracks, breaks, and loose joints are all too common. Add the original Super Glue adhesive to your arsenal to give your ailing furniture a renewed and long-lasting strength. You’ll first need to rid the furniture of any loose screws that are no longer structurally necessary, make sure you are working on a stable and flat surface, and apply your Super Glue to the affected areas. Super Glue dries completely transparent in 10-30 seconds, and is ideal for use with wood, metal, rubber, aluminum, and ceramic.

They may say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But if it is broke, fix it with Super Glue.

For a full look at Super Glue’s complete & diverse family of adhesives click here.