Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Craft Tip Of The Day: Get The Glue OFF!

Hi all!  I just thought I would add a quick craft tip today!

As crafters, we tend to get ourselves into some sticky situations with our glue.  The year is 2010- and we, as a civilization, have not yet come up with the technology for a glue nozzle that doesn't get at least some glue where it's not supposed to be.  This can be especially annoying when dealing with super glue or "crazy" glue, which bonds to the skin and seems to form an impenetrable plastic sheath of doom that no amount of scrubbing can remove.  Well, here's one handy little tip I've been taking advantage of for years, ever since the super-glue disaster of 2006.

The key is simple:  Nail Polish Remover!  It has to be acetone, however.

Getting all sorts of glue off of hands or fingers:

1)  Soak it.  Saturate a paper towel or cotton ball with nail polish remover and gently press it over the affected area - be careful not to use it on broken skin!  Some of the nail polish remover may drip so it would be wise to do this over the sink.  If you had a major glue disaster, and got it on a large area of skin, consider pouring the polish remover into a small container you can stick your hand into.  Let it soak in for about 10-15 seconds.

2)  Scrub it.  Grab another piece of paper towel or cotton ball -  this time making sure not to fully saturate it with the remover.  Now begin to rub the affected area in a circular motion, and the glue should begin to dissolve and/or peel off.

3)  Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all the glue is gone, and then be sure to wash your hands.  You do NOT want to get Nail Polish remover in your eyes from rubbing them absentmindedly, so you'll want to get all that residue off of your fingers.

This will not take off your skin, it works really well, and if you buy a "moisturizing" variety of nail polish remover, it actually makes your skin pretty soft!

Getting glue off of metal (such as purse frames).

Soak a cotton ball or towel in nail polish remover and then squeeze out the excess.  Gently rub in a circular motion, be careful not to get the solution on the fabric!  This should shine up and remove glue from any metal purse frame!  Now no one will ever know what a mess you made!!  haha!

Happy Crafting!


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