I have a long list of random things I love: aside from my family and friends (and in no particular order) it’s things like Brussels sprouts, cruises, crumpets, dogs with really squashed faces, halloumi, bike rides, chips with vinegar, Gewürztraminer, shopping, the word ‘gusset’, my spotty tablecloth, carrot cake, stationary, Bingo, stargazer lilies, Dusty Springfield, chai tea, watching Pointless & Gogglebox…and so it goes on.
The list of things I hate is thankfully much smaller, but topping it right now is superglue. I HATE superglue. Right now I am trying to type with every finger caked in the stuff – and to add insult to injury it has ruined the coke can brooches I spent hours cutting out last night, because I’ve managed to cake them in it too. I haven’t actually managed to stick on the brooch backs as intended (no such luck) but considering the brooches now look like they’re made by next door’s poodle on a bad hair day it’s pretty pointless anyway, as I’ll have to junk the lot. (Note to self – do not buy Poundland superglue – actually do not EVER buy superglue again for the rest of my life.)
And I like Poundland – they do some decorative border tape that is amazing value for a quid. It’s just their superglue that may be a tad suspect. Then again it’s probably me – I’ve always been a messy crafter. Which brings me to the current problem – how on earth do I get it off my fingers without the ‘suitable de-bonder’ that I unwisely failed to purchase with said superglue??
Several Googlings later, and courtesy of a brilliant article by wikiHow, there is a small chance that I may retain my fingerprints. (On the other hand, should I decide to do some injury to the inventor of superglue I may wish the potent combo of vodka, salt and WD40 hadn’t worked so well.) Yep – it has taken all three, and there are still white, crusty vestiges of glue that are seriously marring my manicure. It would have been easy with nail varnish remover that contains acetone, but my remover boasts ‘Acetone-free’ on the bottle, so there’s no way it’ll soften cyanoacrylate, which is the evil ingredient that’s done the damage. The only way to deal with this is to pour myself a soothing glass of Sauvignon (also on the list) and polish off the Curly Wurly that’s calling to me from the back of the fridge (and which is most definitely on the list.)
Check out the following if you’re ever stuck like me…
7 Ways to Get Super Glue Off Skin – wikiHow