Just a little helper

I’m sure someone else has discovered this, but I’ll share anyway. Rather than using something like a Q tip (which can leave fuzz behind) to put glue or paint on a small space, I discovered that using a pipe cleaner works fantastically! After you’ve finished using it, you can just cut the end off and continue using the same one for as long as it lasts.

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or toothpicks…

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or a 20-pack of kids paintbrushes for $1…

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similar, but different, there are also things called “sanding twigs.” you can use them to sand tiny little spaces.

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I’ve been using sewing needles, because sometimes I need a really small amount of glue.

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I use the nearest exacto knife, then wipe clean - most often on my fingers.

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http://www.creativedynamicllc.com/the-glue-looper.html

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Nice trick! I also like my needle bottles.

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I like these, too. But, for painting not so much.

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What?! On my way to purchase some now. Thanks, @shop

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yw. i don’t use them very often, but when i need one, they’re super handy.

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As it happens, a toothpick diameter is within the collet range of my handpiece, and charging the tip with compound allows access to very small areas that need to be smoothed/polished.

that sounds like it ought to be dirty.

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Hehe, yeah, my hand has a much greater range of grip than the collet of my Foredom… :no_mouth:

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I’m still waiting for my Amazon order for some similar bottles. Do you ever have a problem with the glue drying in the tip?

Yup, if you leave it uncapped it’ll clog. I use a standard bread tie, I strip the plastic coating on it, and the wire is the exact size and rigidity you need to clear the tube. I just poke it down in once or twice and the nozzle is good to go. I’m still on the first bottle I used for glue, 2 years and unknown number of refills later. Very handy.

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Ah good to hear. Thanks.

i just use a standard sewing pin to push down on mine, but as @evansd2 said, putting the cap on immediately really takes care of it for the most part. i’m still on the first bottle, too, after about a year or so.

He’s not kidding. Like a minute can be all it takes to clog up a standard titebond woodglue nozzle. Sometimes you need to clear it, sometimes you can just squeeze a little harder and pop the clog.

I also find the denatured and water I keep in the same style bottles to be absolutely indispensable.

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