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Forum topic by Dchip posted 05-20-2013 02:33 PM 1560 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2013 02:33 PM

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Is there any possible way to prevent (or lessen) CA glue from sticking to your fingers? I’m working with very small pieces and it’s almost inevitable that my fingertips touch the glue and workpiece. Gloves have only succeeded in getting stuck between the small pieces are their target. I was hoping some of you had your own little tricks. Thanks.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 05-20-2013 03:05 PM

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#2 posted 05-20-2013 04:37 PM

The trick is not to use any more glue than you need. Your fingers are getting stuck in the squeeze out, eliminate that and problem solved.

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#3 posted 05-20-2013 04:48 PM

My mom does a lot of craftsy stuff and uses this:,42407,33246

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#4 posted 05-20-2013 11:11 PM

As Dan says, that Invisible Glove does work with CA glue. When the glue gets on your fingers, it turns white and cures on the cream. When you are done working, the cream, with the glue, peels off pretty easily and your skin is clean underneath. Just make sure you use enough of it or it won’t be effective. There’s a video that shows how it works on YouTube.

You can also use polyethylene gloves (food service gloves). Those won’t get stuck with glue, but they puncture easily and are annoying in some situations because they don’t fit tightly. Nitrile and latex fit better, but as you said, they just end up getting stuck together or leaving pieces stuck to your project.

Never use cotton gloves because the CA glue will react with the fibers and start curing very rapidly, similar to how it will start smoking when you wipe it up with paper towels. You can get burned through cotton gloves or through your clothes, so watch out with long sleeves. This is mostly a concern with thin CA though.

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#5 posted 05-21-2013 12:21 AM

Needles, stick pins, and toothpicks can all make great “hands” to pick these small items up, hold, apply small amounts of CA, etc.

Just an idea from my RC modeling days. And yes, I have glued my fingers and others parts together way more than I can remember ;-)

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#6 posted 05-21-2013 12:31 AM

I work with a lot of CA. I haven’t found any sure fire way other than minimizing squeeze out. However I also use an old ice pick to help manipulate the piece I am working with. Though I still tend to get things stuck together from time to time…

-- Kevin, Chuckin' Wood,

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#7 posted 05-21-2013 12:44 AM

Do you use an accelerator? That helps me because I don’t have to keep fussing with the piece, waiting for glue to set up.

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#8 posted 05-21-2013 04:49 PM

I should have added it’s for a bentwood ring. I’m working on my finesse, but right now it’s a process of adding glue then quickly and tightly wrapping the thin pieces of wood around a form. I see squeeze-out as a necessity, because otherwise it means there’s glue-less gaps (I doubt my ability in obtaining perfectly full coverage). I’ve made two so far, and there were some close-calls and fingertip sanding. The up-side is they came out real well. Just gotta refine my technique.

I ordered some invisible gloves and will be reporting back when I get it.

Thanks for the input, everyone.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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