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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Top Tip Tuesday #1

One of the constant problems when crafting is that of the clogged Stickles or Glossy Accents bottle (even if a bottle is used daily it just waits to splurt all over your project if you dare to miss checking it prior to an application). My tool for doing this is a cotton  bud with a blunt needle glued into the cotton wool bud at one end (I found Glossy Accents provided a sufficiently strong bond). 

If you poke this into the clogged tip, twiddle it a little & gently pull it out again the little plug of congealed glue will often have attached itself to the needle's point - this can then be wiped off with a tissue.

At the opposite end I cut off the cotton wool bud so that I could use the same gadget for twirling the green stalks of bought floral embellishments (whilst being mindful of the needle).

This is the tip I am entering into Top Tip #1 on the new Top Tip Tuesday blog.  


Caroljenks said...

Thanks for this Paula - you are so right about those tips clogging! I try and 'clear' mine out and make such a mess of the tip that I end up having to trim it back - all of my bottle tips are now 0.25cm and have a hole the size of my finger!!!
I'm going to adapt a cotton bud tonight - thanks :)

Thanks also for joining us for our first Top Tip Tuesday and good luck :)

Carol x

Leanne said...

Paula - what a fabulous double ended tip!! I always have that problem with my glue and it drives me nuts hunting for a pin!!

Also, never thought about using that to twirl the end of a flower - gonna get myself some buds tomorrow!!

Thank you so much for sharing your tip with us at Top Tip Tuesday - good luck in the draw!


Janice said...

Both are wonderful tips and I will utilize both of them!! Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

Hi Paula fab tips thanks for sharing..

smiles Christine xx

Dawn said...

Now this is a helpful tip! I love this one, don't you hate when the glue or liquid won't come out?
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Top Tip Tueday

Elaine said...

Fab tip Paula.
I always test my stickles/glues/glossy accents on a scrap of paper first. I know only too well that they have a habit of splodging all over my almost finished cards!
Thanks for sharing
Take care
Love Elaine xx

Lorraine said...

great tips Pauls I shall definately be giving these a try thankyou and thanks for sharing the pictures too xx

Lorraine said...

oops i mean Paula

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

WOW, great tip Paula. I use my paper piercer but then I always have to clean it because it gets all gunked up. I'll give this a try.


Thistleblue said...

fabulous tip! thanks for sharing

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Uber-fantastic tip Paula! I've been using a paperclip, but now I may be moving over to using q-tips so I can have the added benefit of a flower stem twister too. Thanks for sharing it with us at TTT! :)

Sally said...

Super fantastic idea. I always have so much trouble with glossy accents...