Archive for October, 2015

The Ultimate Centerpiece Activity to Keep Your Kids Entertained During Thanksgiving

October 22nd, 2015
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Fall has arrived. Sure, it’s rather shocking that the year has flown by so fast, but it’s also the perfect time to start preparing for festive crafts for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday season. With the gathering of family and friends, the making of a delicious feast and the process of keeping children entertained, many people find that they have a whole lot on their plate — both figuratively and literally speaking.


However, with a little help from Super Glue, these pinecone turkey centerpiece craft ideas will provide kids (and adults) with a fun activity in between those heaping plates of food.


What You’ll Need

It’s a wonderful time for family to gather together, and what better way to really bring people together than with a craft time. This craft presents the great opportunity of going on a family nature walk and collecting the pinecones that are needed.


If you gather more than are used for the craft, you can always preserve the pinecones to make them last longer for Christmas time decorating ideas. Another option is simply purchasing them online or at your local craft store.


Additional Required Materials:

  • Crayons
  • Super Glue ACCUTOOL®
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors/kids scissors
  • Markers
  • Pom Poms (optional)
  • Wiggle eyes (optional)


Making The Turkey Day Treasures


Creative Crayon Holder

Using the pinecone as the body of a turkey, it’s super easy to make a cute, festive kiddie table topper and crayon holder. First, select a pinecone that has enough distance in between the scales to fit 4 or more crayons in a fanned out pattern, like feathers. Then remove the crayons.


Next, have the children create the face/neck and feet shapes out of the cardstock. Depending on the child’s age, this may require a little assistance from an adult. The figure 8 shape for the neck and the heart shape for the feet can be pre-drawn out for kids to color, decorate and then cut out. Otherwise, children can make their own pieces if they are able.


Once the shape is ready, for safety reasons parents should be the ones to use the ACCUTOOL® to glue them on. The precision applicator allows for a single drop to be dispensed, or continuous streams. To create the turkey, simply apply a few drops or a small stream to the base of the pinecone and then adhere the figure 8 cardstock shape. Once dry, grab the heart shaped piece and adhere to the bottom side of the pinecone for the turkey’s feet.


After the shapes have been glued on, all that’s left to do is put the crayons back in the pinecone. Not only is this turkey table topper simple for kids and parents to create, but it’s a craft that keeps on giving, offering children the fun of using their crayons and putting them back in their holder as they color and work on other activities at the kid’s table.


 Another Centerpiece Idea


If you’re looking for another centerpiece idea, try having the kids make pinecone turkeys that display what they are thankful for this year. This is a cute spin-off of a Thanksgiving thankful tree craft. Once again using the pinecone as the turkey’s body, have the children write down their blessings on cardstock strips or a cutout tracing of their hand.


Next, super glue the piece (or pieces) to the base of the pinecone. Create the turkey’s head out of a fluffy pom pom, wiggle eyes, and a cardstock mouth. This piece should be adhered more towards the tip of the cone. Once finished, this centerpiece craft is sure to make you smile as it displays the heartfelt, and sometimes amusing, things children are thankful for.


 Tell us Your Thanksgiving Tale


Did you use the Super Glue ACCUTOOL® to create a totally cool Turkey Day craft? Go ahead and share your story on our Facebook page. We’d love to gobble up all the details!


Zap – The Best Adhesive for Hobbyists

October 16th, 2015
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It’s a commonly known fact that hobbyists love to make things. They enjoy the art of building something bit by bit, piece by piece, with the use of steady hands and a keen eye. Often, along with patience and skill, they rely on one other element to complete their work: adhesives. Come to think of it, it’s hard to imagine what we’d all do without them.

But for hobbyists in particular, glue needs to not only make things stick, it needs to work within the demands of their recreational project. Many hobbyists use Zap brand adhesives because they offer the strength, durability, and resistance to shock these projects require. Whether it’s a model they’re building or a moving mechanism, connecting the parts with a quality adhesive means each treasured creation has a better chance of being its best and lasting long.

Connecting The Parts With Canopy Glue

One of the most popular adhesives hobbyists and modelers use is called canopy glue. In the modeling world, canopies are pieces that are used to cover the cockpit of an aircraft or another vehicle. They are often clear and made of plastic or fiberglass.

Zap’s Formula 560 Canopy Glue is excellent at attaching these essential pieces because the bond created remains flexible yet strong, and can withstand vibration and high speeds. Additionally, hobbyists use this type of adhesive because it doesn’t fog the canopy and excess amounts can be wiped away easily with a wet cloth.

Formula 560 may have “canopy” in its name, but it can also be useful for hobbyists in different types of applications. For makers of RC planes, it can be used to glue the hinges of the control surfaces, the moveable parts on the wing and tail that enable maneuvering. This glue is recommended for connecting these hinges because of how well it adheres to the plastic, and how it swells the wood, which adds to the bond created.

Tell Us All The Details

A lot goes into building the intricate models and projects hobbyists create. If you used Zap’s Formula 560 Canopy Glue for your creation, we’d love to have you share the details on Super Glue’s Facebook page. And if there are any gaps in your story, well I’m sure we’ve got something sticky to fill those in!

Super Glue Helps Instrument Repair

October 9th, 2015
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Guitar on guitar repair desk. Vintage electric guitar on a guita


It can certainly be said that Super Glue’s resumé is getting pretty hefty these days. Along with its countless household and office applications, the adhesive never ceases to amaze by adding another surprising use into the mix. One of its more unique applications is that it can be used to make repairs on instruments, such as bass and acoustic guitars.


As musicians know all too well, instruments can experience a lot of wear and tear from continuous playing and handling, and the occasional bump or blunder. Using Super Glue for simple fixes can be a cheap and effective way to quickly get your guitar back in gear.


A Quick Fix Remix


Cyanoacrylate glue can be used for numerous types of repairs when it comes to guitars, from filling in a minor crack on the fretboard, to adhering a loose inlay. In each and every situation, protective clothing should be worn and the working area should be well-ventilated.


Additionally, since the adhesive forms a strong bond almost instantly, fixing something in a jiffy can be easily done. However, this also means that you’ll need to work fast, and with care and precision.


Recipe For Repair


One great way to fix minor guitar problems is by mixing Super Glue with baking soda to repair a broken nut. For those who don’t already know, the nut is the thin strip of bone or another material, that dictates the spacing of the strings. When a string keeps popping out of the guitar nut, it is possibly due to the nut being worn down.


To remedy this, remove the string and use a file and a little acetone on a Q-tip to clean the groove. Next, put some baking soda in the nut groove and then add a small amount of Super Glue. This should harden quickly, and then can be refiled to hold the string.


If an entirely new nut needs to be installed, the good news is that this adhesive can help for this particular project as well. By applying just one or two small drops of the glue to the back of the nut, you can securely adhere it into the slot. However, because Super Glue is strong and powerful stuff, avoid putting too much onto the nut, as this can make removal/replacement of the piece troublesome in the future.


Additional Repairs That Can Be Done With Super Glue:


  • Installing frets
  • Binding installation
  • Finishing the neck

For another great instrument repair tip, check out how Z-Poxy can be used to refinish a guitar.

Music To The Ears

It really is quite astounding how many diverse uses one adhesive can have. Helping guitarists make quick and cost-effective repairs to their beloved instruments is like music to our ears. If Super Glue has helped you fix your guitar or if you know of another exciting application, please share all of the details on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Home Remedies For Removing Super Glue

October 2nd, 2015
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For countless people, Super Glue is the essential bonding agent for household repairs, DIY projects, crafts and other types of applications. Occasionally during the fixing or crafting process, mishaps or spills can occur. This can make for some very interesting situations. Here are a few home remedies to help remove Super Glue.


Unstick Tricks

Before we get into a few home remedies to unstick any stuck fingers and the like, let’s mention one great product to keep handy around your next DIY project: Super Glue Remover. Its gel formula is extremely useful when removing this adhesive and other kinds of instant glues, because it does not drip or run off into areas where you did not apply it.


As for home-based solutions, most of them contain acetone, an organic compound that is commonly found in household nail polish remover. Acetone is able to break down the strong bonds by reversing the polymeric reaction. It should be used for Super Glue removal with caution (it can mar some surfaces) and care, and can work on the following surfaces:


Fingers/skin – Using nail polish remover that contains acetone, apply a small amount to the glued fingers and gently peel fingers apart.


Counters/floors – Acetone can be used on various floors and surface areas to remove Super Glue. Start by applying a very small amount, and then immediately try taking the softened glue off by sanding, scraping, etc. Reapply if necessary, and then repeat the process.


Fabric – Even though acetone is very effective at removing the adhesive, it works better on some materials, rather than others. With fabrics, it can work to take off the glue, but it may also discolor the cloth. Instead, a mixture of laundry detergent and warm water may also help to remove the glue from fabric. After gently scrubbing with the mixture for a few minutes, apply some warm vinegar to the glued area. This can take a little time to soften the glue, but it doesn’t tend to damage the cloth.


Other Handy Home Remedies


There are several other methods that have been known to achieve the unstick trick.


  • Warm Water & Soap: Simple and easy, this remedy involves merely soaking glued fingers in a cup of warm water and mild soap for a few minutes, and then peeling the skin away carefully and rinsing afterwards.
  • Butter: Apply butter to the bonded area. Once it softens, gently peel fingers apart.
  • Make a Salt Paste: Make a salt paste from a couple of tablespoons of salt and a little water. Rub the paste onto the glued fingers for about a minute, then rinse. If still adhered, apply the paste again and continue the process until gone.
  • Use Petroleum Jelly: Massage glued skin with petroleum jelly. Repeat the massage until skin is loose.


What Worked For You?

Do you know of a nifty home remedy that works to remove super-powered Super Glue? Your story may help others with their sticky situations, so please share the details on our Facebook page!