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September 12, 2007

Gorilla Glue and its many uses.

One example of interesting topics would be Gorilla Glue, and all of its many uses. We have personally used Gorilla Glue for making ant traps used with our hummingbird feeders, furniture repair, dish washer rack repair, gluing tennis balls on the legs of walkers used by the elderly, and more. Gorilla Glue really is truly an all-purpose very versatile glue, which can be used for any project; at least any project that we have been able to dream up.

This post is not intendedĀ to beĀ an advertisement for the company, but to form a dialog on interesting projects that have been accomplished with the use of this glue.

We will keep you posted on the feeder ant traps after the hummingbird feeding season. This will prove whether the glue can hold up for the entire season. If we are lucky, a Rufous hummingbird will join us during the winter!

Making a Hummingbird Feeder Ant Trap

Are your hummingbird feeders overrun with pesky ants? This is a simple ant trap which is effective and very easy to make, and a quick answer to the ant problem. Follow these instruction and be rid of ants in two days.

First, we need to get you prepared for the project. This is a list of items which are needed to make the trap.

  1. Water container – Use your imagination! We used a Science Diet cat food can in our example. Other items fond around the house include plastic containers used for yogurt, whipped cream, cottage cheese, sour cream, aluminum soda cans, etc.
  2. A stiff wire which has enough strength to hold your hummingbird feeder (full of nectar).
  3. A tool to create the hole in your water container, which will be slightly larger than the diameter of your wire. Ice picks, drills, etc.
  4. A holder for the water container setup to assure the proper wire length after it is pressed through the container bottom. We elected to use a plastic coke bottle, which will be cut to the proper height.
  5. Gorilla Glue – The secret ingredient!
  6. You will need a way to form your wire. Use a broom stick, round pipe, etc.

Step 1 – Prepare your water container holder.

We took a plastic coke bottle and cut it to the proper height. Wire lengths are a personal preference. Just allow for forming the wire.

Step 2 – Make a hole in your water container which is slightly larger than the wire diameter.

Step 3 – Insert the wire through the bottom of the water container and place the container on the holder.

Step 4 – Apply Gorilla Glue to the container bottom around the wire.

Step 5 – Allow sufficient cure time; around 8 hours.

Step 6 – Form the bottom wire.

Step 7 – Apply Gorilla Glue around the wire on the inside of the container., and allow sufficient cure time.

Step 8 – Form the top wire into a hook.

Step 9 – Hang your hummingbird feeder using the ant trap hook. Put an additional bend in the top and bottom wire to level your water container. Fill the container with water.

Step 10 – Have Fun watching your Content Hummingbirds!

Stay tuned for other interesting uses for Gorilla Glue. Please share any projects that you have used the glue for.

May 15, 2007

H & K Sculptures

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H & K Steel Sculptures

Created by artist Guenter Scholz, each sculpture has been individually handcrafted by cutting, bending and welding recycled steel to effectively portray the subject. Guenter Scholz first demonstrated his aptitude for his craft as a mechanical engineering student. Building upon a 1930’s art form, he’s combined his technical background with a love of art to create unique and original sculptures. Made of recycled steel with copper trim, Scholz’s art is easily identified by the signature “washer” eyeglasses his subjects wear. Scholz’s unique sculptures allow you to personalize your home and office decor. His whimsical renderings of Sports, Professions, Musicians, Lifestyles and modes of Travel capture the unique essence of his subjects and add warmth and individuality to their surroundings. In addition to the sculptures are Wine Bottle Holders and recently released Stompers.

The collections are only limited by imagination, which is why new creations are forever bringing a smile to someone’s face. These original sculptures that are hand made in Germany were first brought to the United States in 1997. Since their introduction, the collection has been carefully redesigned to reflect the American lifestyle and sense of humor.

The wine bottle caddies were first introduced in the U.S. in 2000 and have grown from 2 designs to over 100 unique styles, with several more on the drawing board. The H & K design team has created a truly unique collection. Existing designs are constantly being improved, while new ideas are being developed.

H & K steel sculptures provide a very personal gift. Also because of the creative and handcrafting facilities in Europe they encourage custom designs for corporate premium and charity events.

The moment you hold an H & K Steel Sculpture, you’ll feel the weight and solidity, see the craftsmanship and appreciate its’ quality and value.

YardBirds Animals

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Unique Cast Iron Sculptures by YardBirds

Unique cast iron sculptures can be very entertaining and bring life to any home and garden.

Rich Kolb and his father created the first Yardbird sculpture nearly ten years ago in Jamestown, Kentucky. The first bird came about from tinkering with scrap materials. People instantly loved them! Today, Yardbirds are still hand crafted in Kentucky (now, Louisville) by a group of artisans and the flock of birds has grown from one to over sixty.

In making the unique cast iron sculptures, they use recycled materials – scrap and rejected garden tools, farm machinery, bicycle and auto parts. Buying a Yardbird reduces solid waste destined for a landfill, and they estimate that so far they have re-used over 2 million pounds of scrap.

Each bird has its own personality. While there are certain designs produced, no two birds are exactly alike. Whether it is a turn of the head, the placement of the eyes, or the variation in the hand-painted (or rusted) finish, each Yardbird has a delightful disposition all its own.

Rich Kolb says “The things that make us happiest in life when we obtain them are not always the necessities of life, but usually the things that we do not need make us the happiest.”

Bandana Yardbirds unique cast iron sculptures will liven up your home and garden! These unique cast iron sculptures include yard birds, cats, critters, dogs, kittens, puppies, wild animals, clocks, coat racks, keyholders, pet feeders, pot holders and unique wine holders. Each Yardbirds sculpture creation is unique, whimsical, and guaranteed to bring pleasure to you the owner. A Yardbirds sculpture is a great conversation piece; many people have fun identifying the parts cleverly used to make them and they marvel at the way a simple tilt of the head can give a sculpture so much personality.

Scrap metal and recycled parts are mostly used for these unique cast iron sculptures of a yard birds, cats, critters, dogs, kittens, puppies or wild animals. These creations are thought as a good way of contributing to the environment as well, saving rejected metal parts from ending up in the landfill. They do wonders for improving the looks of your homes or yards. We have recently added unique cat, dog and horse wine holders to our collection. All Yard Birds and Junkyard Dogs and Cats are proudly handcrafted in Kentucky!

The medium is metal sculpture. Some of the materials used include garden tools, car parts, farm implements, bicycle parts and mufflers.

We believe that the things that make us the happiest in life when we obtain them are not always the necessities of life, but usually the things that we do not need make us the happiest. And that’s what Yardbirds sculptures are all about – happiness!

Start now! Bring some fun and happiness into your home and garden by browsing the unique cast iron sculptures and pick one that fits your personality.

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