Posts Tagged ‘super glue’

DIY Fur Ottoman: Simple Steps with Super Glue

March 18th, 2016
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Super Glue is a crafty and resourceful way to revamp your home on the cheap. Its versatility lends it to endless possibilities—even transforming your furniture.

Follow these simple steps to make your own custom DIY fur ottoman for a chic update to any room:

1. Purchase a used or plain ottoman.

If you are planning on adding fur, simple is best. Used ottomans are perfect for projects like this: not only are they cheaper, but they also add character to your design for a truly unique piece. If you’re not an antique shopper, a plain ottoman will do just fine.

2. Remove the original fabric.

Strip down the ottoman to its bare bones. Once you’ve reached the cushioning, prepare your Super Glue. If the cushioning is too damaged, it may have to be replaced in order to achieve the look and feel that you desire. Fortunately, foam is very inexpensive and easy to find.

3. Prepare the fur and the glue.

Take precise measurements before cutting the length of your chosen fabric: you’ll want a continuous strip that covers the whole ottoman. Sheepskin rugs are also a great way to achieve the same effect without spending too much time and money.

Apply glue to the frame. Place the fabric over the top and make sure that it is properly secured. Trim the edges to your liking.

4. Let dry and enjoy!

Your ottoman is almost ready! You will want to let it dry for at least three days to ensure that the fabric has properly set. Once the fabric is securely attached, your ottoman is ready to enjoy.

For more DIY home inspiration, consult the crafting experts at Super Glue.

Right On Cue

February 12th, 2016
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If you tried to rack up all of Super Glue’s abundant amount of uses, you’d discover that, interestingly enough, the game of pool makes the list. Chocked full of skill, finesse, and strategy, pool is played, professionally and recreationally, by many people. Those who do play on a regular basis are no strangers to the issue of worn leather pool cue tips and their need for replacement. For a money-saving, D.I.Y trick, ZAP-A-GAP CA+ adhesive from Super Glue, can be used to effectively secure a new tip to the stick. That being said, let’s take a cue from the glue and dive into the step-by-step details of how this repair can be done.

Things You’ll Need

-Razor blade/knife
-2 types of sandpaper-medium grit & fine
-The new pool cue tip
-Nail polish remover
-Paper towel
-Pool cue tip clamp (optional)
-Tip shaper tool (optional)

Cue Tip Replacement

The first step to cue tip replacement, is to remove the old one. To do this, carefully use the sharp knife or razor blade to cut off the worn/broken tip. Once that is done, you will need to prepare and clean the ferrule. The ferrule is the part (typically made of metal or horn) located at the end of the cue shaft, where the tip is attached. Use your cutting tool to gently remove old glue from the top of the ferrule. Then use a piece of medium grit sandpaper on this area to make sure it is smooth and even.

Next, take your new cue tip and place the flat end on top of a piece of fine grit sandpaper. Without using too much force or pressure, briefly glide the bottom of the tip over the paper to get it smooth.

After those steps of preparation have been completed, you can move on to attaching the new cue tip. To do this, simply take the ZAP-A-GAP CA+ and apply a small amount that covers the surface end of the cue shaft. Next, attach the new tip flat side down. Press firmly, but not excessively hard, and quickly make adjustments to center the cue tip.

The glue will most likely pour out a little on the sides, but don’t worry. Using a bit of nail polish remover on a paper towel, clean off any extra glue that remains. extra care not to get the nail polish remover on top of the new tip, as that can be detrimental to its structure.
Let the newly glued cue stick sit for at least an hour before handling. For firmer and more secure tip placement, you can put on a pool tip clamp. Lastly, use the fine grit sandpaper once again to smooth the edges of the tip. And if the tip is slightly large and/or needs reshaping, you can use tip shaper tool or the sandpaper to perfect it.

What’s Your Unique Super Glue Story?

From fixing pool cue tips to repairing musical instruments, Super Glue products are constantly being used in helpful and innovative ways. Whether you’ve used them in a handy everyday repair, or in a unique application that’s way out of the left corner pocket, so to speak, we’d love for you to share your story on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Fly Fisher’s Essential Gadgets!

July 16th, 2015
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Summer is the best time of year for Fly Fishers, Hikers, and Campers!  So many adventures and wonderful places to go far away from crowds and confusion.  Packing light and smart is the key to all successful travel and these sports enthusiasts know how to do it best!

Recently, there was a terrific article in the Wall Street Journal (June 26, 2015) by Chris Kornelis titled, “Fly Fisher April Vokey’s Favorite Gadgets“.   Super Glue was honored to be listed, and pictured, as one of Fly Fisher, April Vokey’s favorite gadgets!  We know that fly fishers depend on super glue to reinforce knots on specialty flies, and all hikers and campers appreciate having super glue along as a fix all for tool, boot, and tent repairs as well as a great coating over blisters and calluses.   We wrote some tips about this in our June 2013 Newsletter … Check it out for more information!

Enjoy the rest of this amazing summer and don’t forget to take along some tubes of super glue with you … Let us know how super glue came in handy on your adventure and you may win some free samples!!!

Super Cool View from the Pilot’s Seat in a Mustang RC Plane

April 20th, 2015
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This is amazing!  So realistic!  Check out this Super Cool P-51D Mustang Remote Control (RC) Plane … You feel like you are in the Pilot’s Seat!

Super Cool P-51D Mustang RC Plane

How to Repair Shoe Damage with Super Glue

November 20th, 2014
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Super Glue for Heel

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At one point or another we’ve suffered from having damaged or broken shoes. What do you do when your heel breaks or when the rubber sole is separating from the rest of the shoe? Before tossing them, try Super Glue! Along with repairing furniture and other household items, Super Glue is strong enough to hold your shoes together and repair them for an increased lifespan.

 

Reattaching Your Sole

 

Step 1. Start by cleaning the area from any glue residue with alcohol and a cloth. Doing this step first will ensure that the sole adheres well.

 

Step 2. Apply Super Glue to the shoe and sole, and press them together firmly. Make sure to quickly wipe away any glue that is squeezed out.

 

Step 3. Put weight on top of the shoe so that the parts bond. You can use heavy objects you have around your house that fit inside your shoe and place them inside to apply the weight.

 

Reattaching Your Heel

 

Step 1. Super Glue works wonders in a high heel emergency as well. Prior to gluing, use some sandpaper on the heel and shoe to get rid of any glue residue.

 

Step 2. Apply Super Glue and make sure to take your time with aligning the heel properly. Super Glue dries very fast so don’t take too much time.

 

Step 3. Apply significant amount of pressure to hold the heel in place and let them dry for at least an hour before wearing to ensure proper bonding.

 

Super Glue can get you out of shoe emergencies when you have no shoe repair service near your home or office. It provides a strong bond that can leave your shoes looking as good as new! Show us your shoe repairs that you have done using super glue on our Facebook page.

 

Drawer Organizer Using Super Glue

November 13th, 2014
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Are you tired of having messy drawers but find it difficult to keep it organized? This simple project can help you organize any drawer in your house without spending a fortune. Using strong adhering Super Glue and cardboard you can create these dividers. Creating this drawer divider will be a great inspiration to keep everything organized; it will even help declutter your junk drawer!

 

Materials Needed:

Cardboard, foam board, or craft board

Super Glue

Contact Paper – optional

 

Step 1: Measure Your Drawer

Measure your drawer and determine the length and width of your dividers. Decide what objects will be placed in that drawer and lay the contents on the floor in front of you. Create a layout of what needs to be separated and decide whether you will need multiple dividers or if 4 will work. The amount and size of each divider is entirely up to you.

 

Step 2: Divide and Conquer

Measure and cut out the dividers. Using the same layout you created with your objects, glue the dividers accordingly. By using Super Glue to connect the dividers, you will have created a sturdier divider as opposed to using a hot glue gun which can come apart easily. Also, by gluing the dividers to each other it allows you to remove the dividers from the drawer whenever you want.

If you would like to add some colors to your drawers, you can decorate your dividers with contact paper.

 

Step 3: Get Organized

Place the dividers into the drawer and organize your belongings. This is a great way to stay organized and to see everything clearly inside your drawers.

We often have to repurchase things because we cannot find them in our messy drawers. With drawer dividers we are able to see everything clearly because each item now has a place! Show us your drawer divider designs on our Facebook page or share with us your crafty ideas about how to stay organized.

2014 Odyssey of the Mind Problem #4 “The Stackable Structure” Uses Balsa Wood & Glue

February 4th, 2014
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Each year creative students, from elementary school through college, participate in Odyssey of the Mind programs around the world.  Aspiring engineering students often choose the Balsa Wood and Glue structure building, weight bearing problem.  This year, as in year’s past, the Balsa Wood & Glue problem is being sponsored by Nasa.  Here’s the problem synopsis:

Problem 4:  The Stackable Structure

Teams will design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another.  The structure components will be made of only balsa wood and glue, and will be tested by balancing and supporting weights after they are stacked.  Teams will be scored for the number of components they use in their final structure.  Before they are stacked, the separate components will be integrated into an artistic representation of the Earth.  The team will include the stacking of the components, placement of the weights, and Earth into the theme of its performance.

You can see from the specific instructions that there are many problem-solving challenges involved with this particular structure building project.  One of the important decisions all teams will make is what glue they use to build their structure.  We recommend our ZAP CA glues (preferably medium viscosity although this is something teams should test on their own prior to building their competition-grade structure).  Here is an excellent video showing the best way to cut the balsa wood and apply the cyanoacrylate (CA) to the joints.  Note:  We love the tip of using the packing tape as a surface on which to apply the glue as the balsa wood and super glue can be lifted off of the packing tape with little or no sticking!  We also recommend using Zip Kicker as the accelerator for the ZAP CAs.

[Video Credit:  NC Science Olympiad:  How to Glue Balsa]

We encourage Odyssey of the Mind teams working on this challenge to share your stories with us as you progress through the local, state, national and international competitions.  Good luck to all!!  We support your willingness to take on these creative, problem-solving challenges in an effort to expand your thinking skills!!

Happy Chinese New Year: The Year of the Horse!

January 20th, 2014
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Friday, January 31,2014 is Chinese New Year.  This is The Year of the Horse.  Celebrations include:  reunion dinners; cleaning the house in order to make way for good fortune; lighting firecrackers; making, eating, and gifting fortune cookies; and giving away and receiving red envelopes filled with money.  It is a festive holiday celebrated around the world.

We thought we would share this video with you in honor of The Year of the Horse and making things new!  It’s a great DIY video with some helpful tips for you.  It shows a plastic horse being repaired using baking soda and super glue!  Baking soda and super glue together create a great substrate that bonds easily to plastic and can be molded and sanded once dry.  Check this out:

[Video Credit:  WickedMule89 via YouTube]

Here’s some more information about the upcoming Year of The Horse:

[Video Credit:  Arirang News via YouTube]

Wishing everyone a very Happy Chinese New Year and much good fortune to you and yours!

How-To Super Glue A Cut

January 2nd, 2014
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Using super glue to “stitch” external paper cuts, blisters, calluses and even knife blade wounds is something our readers and customers tell us about all the time.  Here’s a great “How-To Video” from a Super Glue Fan!

[Video Credit:  The Late Boy Scout on You Tube]

Take Super Glue Hiking!

November 18th, 2013
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This exciting story came to our attention from The Original Super Glue(R) customer, G. Neumaie:

“We were on vacation in Ecuador.  When we left for a hiking trip, I made sure to bring a couple of tubes of Super Glue.  To make a long story short, we drove from Quito out to the Mountain Tungarahua out past the city of Ambato.  This volcano is usually somewhat active, not like Mount Imbaburra where we were based.  So, out we went, climbing and looking at the boiling steam vents and the sights of Nature.  The volcano awoke, shaking the whole mountainside with a roaring low pitch sound like a thousand thunderstorms.  Some of us fell down on the sharp rocks.  We had to get out in a hurry.  There were wounds that were bleeding, but the priority was to get off the mountain.  Out came the Super Glue!  A few dabs on the wounds after a quick wipe and the bleeding stopped.  When we got down to the town of Banos, the Doctor said we didn’t need any stitches because the Super Glue took care of it.  My family was safe and sound, thanks to the quick acting super glue.  Later we had ice cream.”  🙂 ….

We say, “Boy, did you ever deserve that ice cream!!”

Thanks for sharing your amazing story with us and thanks for reminding us to TAKE SUPER GLUE HIKING!