Archive for October, 2009

Barnacle Glue Cures Like Blood Clots

October 16th, 2009
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As adhesives manufacturers and distributors, Super Glue Corporation is always monitoring the science news for interesting “glue” related stories. The ability for things to adhere themselves to other things in nature is fascinating!

Here’s an excerpt from a recent e! Science News Article (Oct. 16, 2009) “Barnacles are a big problem for boats. Adhering to the undersides of vessels, carpets of the crustaceans can increase fuel consumption by as much as 25%. Ship owners would love to know how to stop these hitchhikers gluing on, but before you can learn how to disrupt an adhesive, you have to understand the curing process.”

Just getting things to stick is only part of our business. We, too, study the entire curing process so that we know how and when things become stuck and unstuck as well! It’s amazing how scientific studies like these help chemists understand the entire bonding, curing and disruption process of adhesives more clearly resulting in even more “job specific” (man-made created) choices for consumers down the line.

Cool study and potentially energy saving as well – Nice work! We’ll continue to follow.

Super Glue Used For Permanent Model Railway System

October 15th, 2009
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TRACK DESIGN SEQUENCE [Photo Credit: In My “Spare” Time Blog]

Hobbyists are the best! Check out these extreme plans and revisions for a Permanent Model Railway System Roger S posted on his blog! We are constantly amazed by the talent and attention to accurate detail hobbyists use in their crafts. We appreciate that super glue is used to create this permanent model railway system. Here’s how Roger S describes the project: “The soldering iron is to solder the rails of the track sections together, and to solder wires to the tracks. The palm sander is for the cork road bed. We glue down the cork first, then we use the sander to even it out, to make it smooth. Then we glue the tracks down to the cork. Our last act is to use a track gauge and super glue the rails into gauge so they are not going to move out of gauge. It is not uncommon for rails to lean in or out or get loose. That can cause derailments. No one wants that. Super-gluing the rails into gauge solves that problem. This is a PERMANENT railroad layout.”

Another product we know model railway and model train enthusiasts love is Rail-Zip.
Rail-Zip is great for cleaning railroad tracks and restoring conductivity. It also prevents sparking.

Combat Knife “Fastener Tip” Using Super Glue

October 15th, 2009
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combat knife [Photo Credit: Combat Knives Blog] Super Glue is often used as a screw reinforcement in many wood-working and furniture-making projects. We also know that one of the strongest bonds super glue creates, between different surfaces, takes place with metal to metal surfaces.

Recently, a comment by S Willin on the Combat Knives website caught our attention. The blog posting is describing a new Boker USA Armed Forces Tactical Tanto Fixed Blade Combat knife. In the comment section, S Willin raves about the knife and adds: ” The knife is 1/4″ thick low-glare, titanium-nitride coated, high-carbon 440-C stainless steel with black G-10 micarta scales, (grips), secured with three stout fasteners. It fits the hand extremely well, easily becoming an extension of your body. . . The massive tanto blade is extremely wide and large, extending into a bowie style double guard cut from the full-tang blade, with many lanyard-lashing holes to create a spear. I do recommend a drop of super glue in all screw shafts.”

This is a great tip – super glue works as an excellent reinforcement for a wide range of fasteners and screws! We especially liked reading this proactive tip – We salute protecting our troops in every possible way!

Modeling Tips

October 10th, 2009
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Modeling Tips [Photo Credit: Grey_Death]

We admire the attention to detail expert craftsmen demonstrate in all they do. In a blog post titled, “Friday Quick Tip – Model Holder” Grey_Death describes a technique for holding miniature models while painting on the details. Here are the specifics:

“There are a lot of ways to go about painting a model. For the past 10 years, I’ve been of the school to just pick him up by the base and get to painting. Unfortunately, that method tends to end with you rubbing away detail on the model inadvertently and leads to clean ups as you realize far too late that you have black paint on your hands. To circumvent this, many people use some sort of hand hold to keep a grip on their models. And today I’m using Games-Workshop paint pot to do just this.

The break down is simple. Find a paint pot and stick your model to it! But there are some things you might think about as you go to securing your model.

Weight of your model: If you are painting a light plastic model, try using some sticky tack as I have in the photo above. If your model is heavy, don’t use sticky tack!! You might think to super glue him to the top of a flat pot instead. I would only suggest using the smallest amount needed to really secure the model to the pot. You don’t want to be ripping the base apart just to get your model off!”

In giving this particular challenge some further thought we might also suggest using some of our double sided glue dots and squares to create a sticky mat for the models to stand on while you paint them. Removing the model from the sticky mat will be easier than the more permanent super glue solution. Model painting – intriguing craft!

Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Caution?

October 9th, 2009
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A recent article and blog post about schools limiting science lab experimentation due to health and safety rules caught our attention. We are interested to hear what our readers have to say on this subject!

Chemistry_623436a [PHOTO CREDIT: Times OnLine CAPTION: “Schools have banned experiments seen as dangerous, even though they teach vital skills.”]

According to the article, “White coats, goggles and the chance to set fire to things foster a passion for chemistry that even years of examinations do not extinguish. But government advisers and eminent scientists are warning of a disturbing development that could endanger generations of future scientists: pupils are no longer allowed to experiment.” We know that even substances like super glue
can fall into this banned list because it can be considered hazardous. But how do students, and future scientists, learn if they aren’t able to conduct hands on experiments under adult supervision?

Paul Decelles, in his LJWorld Blogs does a good job of describing both sides of the debate. On the one hand ““Many of the experiments we did handling strong acids wouldn’t be allowed today, but learning to handle dangerous materials teaches you how to deal with things sensibly,” however, on the other side of the debate schools are arguing “But we’re moving on to different ways of teaching science — with videos, and on the web with virtual learning environments which are quite as interesting. It’s a different way of learning but it should still be able to turn them on. What you need is inspirational teachers.”

This blogger* tends to think that learning to properly handle dangerous chemicals, under proper supervision, is what learning, science and school is all about and nothing substitutes for “hands on experimentation” under safe, supervised school science lab conditions.

So readers, what do you think? Will rules and regulations erring on the side of caution, limit true experimentation and stifle future scientists or can inspirational teachers and virtual experimentation simulate real life experimentation effectively while protecting young learners from unnecessary harm? We hope you’ll weigh in on this important debate!

[*Note: The opinion stated here is only that of this blogger and in no way reflects the opinion of Super Glue Corporation.]

Mariah Mentions Superglue in Her New Song

October 9th, 2009
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“When I break, I break, I break and no superglue can fix it … Not even a welder and a builder …”

The Original Super Glue can fix almost everything instantly, but we do admit broken hearts are hard, even for superglue, to mend 🙂

Creative Costumes Require Super Glue!

October 9th, 2009
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feather masks [PHOTO CREDIT: Feather-Mask]
Nothing works better than super glue for attaching fancy embellishments to costumes. Masquerade balls are festive events requiring lots of creativity as each attendee vies for the most spectacular costume. Serena Mason, an expert on feather masks states, “Depending on the color combination and the variety of feathers and plumes that it is made of, a feather mask can be more than just eye-catching. Some of the really well-crafted ones have made them collectors’ items and have become priceless through the years.”

Creative Costume Designers: We recommend you keep our handy 12 pack of super glue on hand so that you’re always ready with a fresh tube of super glue to create your magic!

Yikes! Cat Lovers Beware …

October 9th, 2009
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Here’s a silly super glue story for you … In a recent blog post story entitled “Thirteen Lessons For New Cat Owners” Lesson #6 states:
“Tink got into my art drawer where I keep various and sundry goodies. She bit into a tube of super glue. After you quit laughing please remember Lesson #6 – Cats look really funny with paper clips, eraser nubs and stamps stuck on their faces but sooner or later you have to get them off. You will not look funny with all the scratches and puncture holes on your hands and arms that will result from this truly agonizing exercise.”

So, consider yourself warned keep super glue away from children AND cats!

Robotic Pumpkins – How Cool!

October 9th, 2009
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rovin pumpkin [PHOTO CREDIT: Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories]
Ok, just imagine this for a second … You have a display of carved jack-o-lanterns on your porch Halloween evening and a spirited group of young teens appears at your door to trick or treat … what fun to be able to have one of those carved jack-o-lanterns start roaming around the porch!! The self-proclaimed “evil mad scientists” blog gives all the details you need to create this awesome “rovin’ pumpkin”. According to the blog here’s what you need to create this awesome robotic pumpkin: “The platform itself was built from three Lego wheels and one standard size servo motor, modified for continuous rotation. Some cable ties and superglue were used to hold it together with a 3xAA battery box.” How cool is that?

Original Model Ship Builder Fan of Super Glue!

October 9th, 2009
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Carolyn C. shared a terrific story and pictures with us – we love hearing from creative users of our products!! According to Carolyn, her brother Tracy R. “built this ship from scratch and no instructions, so it is a true original. He used no other glue than yours.” Tracy’s favorite Super Glue Corporation products, according to Carolyn C. are “Super Glue, Zap A Gap, and Zip Kicker“.