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Hiking? Don’t Forget To Pack Super Glue!

May 28th, 2013
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[Photo Credits:  Hiking:  San Diego Magazine & Super Glue:  Super Glue Corporation]

It’s summer and it seems that everyone is taking a hike!  Whether it’s daily hiking; weekend trail hiking; or week long treks into the Sierras, hiking has gained great strides as a popular activity for all ages.   Here’s some information we published in our blog a year or two ago that we thought we’d send out again in case you missed it the first time … check out why taking a little tube of super glue with you on your hike could prove to be the smartest thing you can do for yourself AND your fellow hikers …

If you’re hiking it’s important to carry some supplies with you as convenient stores aren’t available on every switchback (thankfully!), however, you don’t want to load yourself down so much that your supplies become more of a burden than a blessing.  Making sure that your supplies are small, lightweight and serve more than one purpose is key.

According to our readers, and other reliable sources, super glue fits all of these criteria and is one “must-have” for hikers.  Here’s why:

  • BLISTER RELIEF:  Hikers tell us that when they begin to feel the early burn of a blister coming on, inside their boots, applying a drop or two to the sore area provides a buffer from the moisture and friction that can eventually lead to a full blown blister.  Additionally, if a blister develops, and ruptures, a thin coat of super glue serves as a temporary bandage for the inflamed area.
  • HIKING BOOT REPAIR:  Comfortable hiking boots are key to a good hiking experience, however, comfortable hiking boots may also be old and broken in, and therefore, likely to split or separate at the sole.  Super Glue bonds well with metal, rubber, and leather and can be used to repair shoe soles and get you back on the trail in seconds.  Similarly,  if shoestrings are frayed, and ragged, a drop of super glue on each end of the shoestring will pull all that fray together so that you can easily thread the laces through the eyes on your boot.
  • WALKING STICK CREATION:  A good walking stick is important for hikers.  You can make your own simply with a straight tree limb, some cloth or cord and some super glue.
  • DENTAL CROWN SALVATION:  We don’t condone using super glue in your mouth, but our readers OFTEN send us their stories of how super glue saved them, and their teeth, in difficult situations.  If your dental crown falls out while you’re hiking a little super glue can help lock it back into place temporarily until you can get yourself into a dentist.  Having your crown back in your mouth will ensure that you won’t lose it and that you can still eat while on your hike – another key to a successful hiking experience ;) !
  • TORN DOG PAD REPAIR:  Hiking with man’s best friend is fun, and great for safety reasons as well, however, dogs can easily get cuts, scrapes and torn pads along the trail.  A few drops of super glue on their pads provides some quick pain relief for your pup!
  • CUT & SCRAPE RELIEF:  Along with blisters, cuts and scrapes are always likely to occur along the trail.  Whether it be from a tree limb, bush, or rock as you’re hiking, or from a sharp knife cut while you’re cleaning the fish for dinner over the campfire, a drop of super glue applied to an external cut or scrape helps stop the bleeding and also serves as a barrier against bacteria getting into the cut.  Again, it’s just a temporary, emergency fix until you can see your doctor, but one you may be grateful to have at your disposal.
  • FLY TYING:  Fly fishers are known for hiking into isolated rivers and streams to catch that elusive brown trout and his friends.  Flyfishermen tell us they love to use super glue to create the perfect fly for fishing.  Having some super glue along ensures that you can replicate any fly, on the fly!

So there you have our top reasons to take super glue hiking with you.  There are probably lots more.  Are you a hiker?  Do you carry super glue along the trail with you?  If so, tell us your story and you may win free samples.  What other supplies have you found to be essential and versatile for hiking?  We’d love to hear from you!

HAPPY HIKING!

Remember Your Trip in 3D!!

May 23rd, 2013
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Heading to the beach this summer?  Collecting shells and driftwood is so much fun, but what do you do with it all when you get home (or even before you leave)?  … We suggest you tuck a tube of super glue and a wooden picture frame or two in your suitcase before you leave home …. then when you have a great collection of shells, driftwood and maybe, if you’re lucky, a piece of seaglass or two you can quickly make up a couple of 3D frames for your favorite pics from your trip!

What a fun craft idea and great way to preserve actual, tangible, memories of your sunny days and cool eves spent by the seashore!

 

Lego Travel Box

May 23rd, 2013
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Traveling with kids can be a challenge primarily because of all of the gear you need to tote along.  Clothes and car seats are important, but let’s face it … having TOYS with you can make the difference between easy going and not-so-easy going ;) …. We love this Lego Travel Box idea we found on Pinterest.  This treasure chest fits easily into a child’s backpack and will provide hours of fun whether you are in a car, boat or plane!

Check out the actual blog source for details on how to make the cool box.  If your travel box is plastic, like the one shown here, be sure to use The Original Super Glue Plastic-Fuse to glue the board to the lid … it’s specially formulated to work on plastics, especially kids’ toys!

Happy Trails!!

 

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Framed Fish Tank!!

April 29th, 2013
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[Photo Credit:  Glitter 'N Glue Blog]

Check out this terrific gift idea for Mother’s Day we found on Twitter:  a framed fish tank … so clever!!!  We love the idea of action art and we think moms of all ages will love it, too!!

According the the Glitter ‘N Glue blog, here’s what you’ll need for the project:

- a rectangular aquarium

- a rectangular frame

- mounting tape (try ours it’s amazing!)

And then, of course, you’ll need the fish, rocks, and decorations for inside the tank (we have an amazing waterproof epoxy that you can use to attach any castles, trees or coral to the bottom of the tank).  Go to the Glitter ‘N Glue blog for more step by step photos and directions for this project.

We so appreciate creativity and we think mom’s (and even dad’s) will, too!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the MOMS out there!!!  You ROCK!!!

What Does American Idol’s Randy Jackson Have In Common With Super Glue?

April 27th, 2013
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[Photo Credit:  Fox/Michael Becker via Digital Spy]

Ok … we love, love, love American Idol like millions of the rest of you reality tv fans and so, of course, we love the last remaining original judge on American Idol, Randy Jackson, as well … dude, he is #inittowinit!!

So what does American Idol’s Randy Jackson have in common with Super Glue?  Is it that his opinion STICKS in the viewers’ minds and has the most powerful influence on their voting?  Or is it that he BONDS with contestants? 

Well, these things may be true, but the real answer is the one given by Randy himself, “I’m the super glue of American Idol.”   Randy is the only original judge still on the panel and he just “loves the show” and thinks “it’s the greatest talent show of its kind” according to Digital Spy.   He’s dealt with all of the different personalities on the judging panel and has stuck with the show season after season!  We agree that he creates the strongest bond between all of the diverse judges on the panel and the contestants themselves …. Randy has stuck by the show since the very beginning and continues to support the contestants long after the season ends.

We concur that Randy is the super glue of American Idol and we (the makers of The Original Super Glue(R)) are thrilled he compared himself to us!!  He is first rate, #1!!

Now, back to the voting …. Who do YOU want to win this season??  Angie, Amber, Candice or Kree?

Earth Day 2013

March 25th, 2013
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Earth Day is April 22, 2013!   This year’s theme is “face of climate change”.  We know that recycling has had a positive effect on our environment.  Repairing, reusing, and recycling are some of the main reasons consumers are stuck on Super Glue Corporation products!  Over the years we’ve blogged about many different types of recycling projects …. Here’s a recap of just a few of our favorites:

BUILDING A MINI HOVERCRAFT using old cds, bottle caps, balloons and super glue ** FUN **

BIRDFEEDERS made from old cd cases, and super glue ** CREATIVE **

DECORATIVE SWITCHPLATE COVERS reusing old neckties and contact cement to decorate plain switchplate covers ** FASHION FORWARD IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME **

VASES polymer clay flowers attached to old glass jars using super glue and paint ** WOW **

EASTER EGG ANEMOMETER (instrument for measuring wind force and speed) you’ll have to see this one to believe it .. just click the link ;) ** SPRING & SCIENCE **

You can find more Earth Day project ideas by going to our blog and seach “recycle” or check out our PINTEREST board titled “Recycling with The Original Super Glue“!

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world.  In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Like New! Super Glue & Plastics

February 23rd, 2013
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[Photo Credit:  Shirl in Dallas]

We were thrilled to receive this photo and testimonial from one of our cherished customers in Dallas, Texas.  “Shirl” wrote in to tell us how super glue was able to repair one of her household treasures:

“Hi!  I have a ‘super glue testimonial’ – I have a Lucite ice bucket that has a detachable lid.  The lid fits into the bucket with a small Lucite fob.  In my haste the other day the lid fell and the fob broke away from its ‘place’.  I used the glue and allowed it to dry and ‘eureka’!!! it worked!!!!  Is that good or what???”

Shirl, we think that’s not just good – it’s GREAT!  THANKS for sharing your story!  Our customers are the most valuable resource our research and development team has in its “toolbox”.  Customer stories provide THE BEST product feedback and help us tailor our products to meet the wide variety of challenges our customers encounter on a daily basis.  We especially liked this feedback as certain plastics have posed a problem at times, in the past, for super glues

Plastics today can be made out of many different chemicals and consist of a variety of substrates as many plastics (particularly kids’ toys) are often made from recycled materials.  This can be problematic when developing a glue for the general category of ”plastics” because the term ”plastics” can actually reference a lot of different materials and substrates.  We’re glad that The Original Super Glue(R) worked for Shirl’s Lucite ice bucket, but you may appreciate knowing we also have a unique super glue made just for plastics, too.  It is called Plastic-Fuse and works when other super glues won’t.  The key to this glue is the primer that you apply to the surface of the plastic prior to applying the Future Glue Gel(R).  It works best for use with polyethylene and polypropylene based materials also known as “plastics”.  This unique product solution – job specific to plastics - came about as a result of customer feedback.  We can’t overemphasize how much we value this type of  input!!

If you have a story about how one of our products worked to solve one of your project challenges, or if you haven’t yet found an adhesive product that works well  for one of your project challenges, tell us – we want to hear from you - and you may win some free super glue!

 

Guess Super Glue Isn’t The Only Way To Rescue RC Planes!

February 19th, 2013
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Excuse the language in this video entitled HELICOPTER FISHING, but we know our RC airplane enthusiasts will be blown away by this dramatic rescue video so we have to share it!  Super Glue and RC (Radio Control) Airplane hobbyists have always had a strong bond largely due to super glue’s ability to help with repairs in times of trouble, specifically crashes … but this takes the term rescue to all new levels!  Check it out as this helicopter team jumps in to retrieve the RC plane from the tree top!  Whoa!  Again, excuse the language!

[Video Credit:  Helicopter Fishing Rich Ogy via You Tube

Super Glue Making Health News for Multiple Uses!

February 14th, 2013
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An article by Sharon Worcester, in the January 2013 issue of Skin and Allergy News states “A cyanoacrylate adhesive-based implant is feasible, safe and effective for the treatment of great saphenous vein incompetence, according to 1-year follow up data from the first study of the product in humans….. Of 38 patients with an incompetent great saphenous vein who were treated with a proprietary formulation of cyanoacrylate adhesive (known as superglue), 100% deomonstrated complete closure of the vein immediately and at the 48-hour follow-up, as measured using duplex ultrasound and clinical examination; after 1 year, 92% maintained complete closure, said Dr. Proebstle of Hirschberg, Germany.” 

Additionally a report, written by Bruce Jancin, in the December 1, 2011 of Skin & Allergy News  found that “Applying a fast-drying cyanoacrylate glue to the proximal nail fold once or twice weekly is an inexpensive and effective treatment for the habit-tic condition of onychotillomania … often categorized as a compulsive psychiatric disorder … The likely mechanisms of benefit from the cyanoacrylate glue, such as Super Glue or Krazy Glue, are twofold:  the built-up layer of glue creates a physical barrier that helps protect the proximal nail fold against the patient’s mindless repetitive picking, and, at the same time, the artificial layer promotes self-awareness of the tic habit, said Dr. Blatiere, a dermatologist at the University of Montpellier (France).” 

This amazing health news comes as no surprise to the makers of super glue at Super Glue Corporation.   Cyanoacrylates, commonly referred to as Super Glues or CAs, have been used for decades in a wide range of industries.  Dr. Harry Coover serendipitously discovered the original product in a government research assignment to find a better way to cast gun sights.  He discarded the product for that purpose because it was too sticky to be practical.  Six years later he went back to the product he had developed knowing that he had discovered a new class of adhesives.  According to Dr. Coover, “it is probably the best single material that has more uses than any other material we have.”  Check out this video

One of the first uses of cyanoacrylates was for wound closure during the Vietnam War.  It is a very “potent hemostatic agent” according to Dr. Coover and was initailly used extensively to topically stop bleeding.  Since that time it has been used in conjunction with deep stitches in a wide range of surgical procedures.  Additionally, cyanoacrylates are used topically by hikers, musicians, athletes and others, providing relief from pain, and protection from infection and fungus, on blisters, calluses,a and paper cuts.  Cyanoacrylates have been used in the cosmetic nail industry for years in a variety of ways including nail tip application, nail repair, silk wraps, acrylics and powder applications.  Most recently, cyanoacrylates are being used in conjunction with a color gel to produce a glossy smooth finish that dries in minutes.  Studies have shown that topical use of cyanoacrylates is safe although the product should not be used near lips, mouth, or skin exposed to hair or body fluids.

We know that eventually cyanoacrylates will break down with extended exposure to water or alcohol, but consumers have sent us eyewitness testimony that our cyanoacrylates have held their dental caps on for years.  Coral fraggers have told us about their success in using our super glue products to propagate coral underwater for long periods of time, so while we know the product breaks down with exposure to water it seems to hold for a reasonable length of time.

We are proud to be associated with this truly exceptional, safe, effective, multi-use product and were happy to be in attendance when Dr. Harry Coover was presented with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for discovering it!

Kintsugi – The Art of Mending

November 15th, 2012
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The Japenese way of mending pottery and china pieces becomes an artform of its own.  This video describes Kintsugi, the art of mending using resin and gold paint, to create even more beautiful pieces of art!  What an incredible process and beautiful “repair”!

[Video Credit:  Listening To Leaves blog]