10/15/2010

New diorama day. I don't have much to say, except that the seasonal shift has me tinkering indoors a lot more. At least I feel less guilty about it. Also, I have experienced much frustration over the years in gluing small things together. The other night while trying to glue a tiny cross section of safety wire, I was seized by a desire to know the name of the physical law that caused the small globule of super glue to spheri-cize and roll about like a goddam greased weasel. It's so hard to work with at that scale, not to mention keeping the items still. Reminds me of that guy who sculpts cathedrals out of grains of rice using the tremor of his heartbeat as the chisel stroke. Anyway, my first thought was Bernoulli, but I don't think that is right. Then Laplace came to mind, but I don't understand why. Then my friend Chris mentioned Van der Waals principles, which I really don't think I understand, either. Doesn't the law governing the surface tension of liquids have a definitive name that I can curse?

1 Comments:

Anonymous crankbunny said...

I'm not sure what the rule is called - but try adding a drop of rubbing alcohol to the spot you are trying to lay the glue on and letting it evaporate a bit. this will decrease the surface tension and make the epoxy in the superglue not slip when it hits the surface of your object.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surfactant

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