The Original Fine Tip PVA Glue Applicator For Precision Craftwork

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Filling Your Bottle
Unscrew the plastic bottle at the wide neck; do not undo the metal tip. Fill the bottle right up the neck and make sure that you wipe the thread clean with damp paper or rag. This will prevent the Applicator top sealing itself to the bottle (making it hard to unscrew afterwards). Then screw the plastic nozzle in place and squeeze out a dot of glue, just to check the flow.

If you have any difficulty you may have used old lumpy glue or have a big air bubble inside the bottle. In either case unscrew the plastic neck again and check the glue or prick the bubble. Put the pin in the end of the metal tip and store upside down.

Always keep your bottle well filled. By doing this you keep the air out!
Using The Pin
When you finish using your applicator replace the pin in the nozzle to prevent air from the outside drying the glue in the fine tip.

You don't need to put the pin in and out every time you pick it up just make sure that when you are not gluing for a while, or have finished for the day, you push the pin into the tip.

Some people find a small piece of sponge, damp but NOT wet, placed in the bottom of the jar keeps the tip from drying whilst crafting.
Don't lose your Pin!
When you take your pin out of the applicator, pop it into the jar. Then when you have finished, you know where it is!

If you have difficulty spotting your special treated pin, amongst your work, try painting the head with a splash of bright or deeply coloured nail varnish.
Untreated Pins
Never use untreated pins. This is probably the most important tip I can give you because once you do you will introduce rust into your tip and slowly this will eat into the metal and clog up the tip until it is completely unusable. Tell-tale specks of brown in your glue are a sure sign that it is rusting.
Storing Your Applicator
Storing Your Applicator Whether you are using it or not you can stand it upended in a small jar or the top from a liquid detergent bottle. One of my customers made a perfect little stand out of Fimo another recently told me that an "Artists Hand" was perfect for holding the applicator! I found the base of an old toy makes a perfect stand when I am not using my applicator but a jar works just as well.

The reason for this is that, as you use up the glue, any air in your applicator will always be forming the skin at the bottom of the bottle and not in the nozzle itself. It is this "skin" on glue which forms lumps, which you want to avoid. When stored upside down the nozzle will always be full of glue and not air!
Storing your Applicator (Elaine's way)
Elaine Block suggested another way of holding the applicator upside down is to cut an individual plastic water bottle in half and turn the top half upside down inside the bottom half. She was able to place it in the cup holder in the front of the car, and use the applicator successfully. She hastened to add that she was a passenger, and not the driver!
Storing your Applicator (Carol's way)
Storing your Applicator (Carol's way) Carol Battell cleverly made these wooden holders for her applicators,(much more elegant than jam jars!)

She very kindly sent me one and it’s the new upmarket version, which has an extra hole to store the pin while you’re using the applicator. It is beautifully made and glued together using the applicator of course to apply the PVA Wood Glue. Don't forget you can click on the image for a close up.
Storing your Applicator (Quentin’s way)
Storing your Applicator (Quentin’s way) John Hopwood one of the Marquetry Club members turned Quentin Smith’s “deluxe” bottle holder from a piece of walnut for him. We are going to have to run a competition to find the definitive best design soon!
From our Postbag . . .
Michael Causer told us -
“This little bottle is a fantastic tool. I can put glue onto the edge of cardboard without it dribbling down the sides. By putting a “snails trail” of glue on the face of the card I have eliminated the inefficient glue stick. Thank you again for making this product.”

I used your applicator throughout the building of the Station kit and I think it's brilliant, in fact I'm not sure how I survived this far without one! - John Wiffen of Scalescenes

Everything we put together, whether it is wood, paper or cold porcelain we use your fine glue applicators for and we also recommend it in our instructions as being the best glue applicator to use for miniatures - Kathryn Gray of Templewood Miniatures.

The Finest Applicator is yours. Sadly, my friend who gifted me with your glue applicator is no longer able to quill as her memory has failed her but we still enjoy time together. Thank you for an exceptional product. Sharon Parsons - United States.

Just wanted to thank you for your great product - it has to be 'the best' for applying small amounts of adhesive to tiny diecuts and things. I have had my fine tip bottle for a week now and already it is my 'go to' adhesive . - I am so happy with it. Judith Chequer – Australia

I am impressed with not only the service but also the quality of your products. They look and perform superbly. - Allan from the Isle of Man

My customers absolutely loved your Applicators. I have converted them, no more Glue Pens for them, just PVA glue!! - Hazel from Rugby

"They have changed my life !" says Theresa of Ladies Mile Miniatures.

Best gadget ever invented!! Christopher of Aberystwyth

It's fabulous I wish I had one years ago! – Wendy (Daew_Smith)

Just love this product, already own one but want one downstairs too!!!! writes Chris from Mansfield Woodhouse

I must say that having given it a try I am also wondering how I have managed to build model card kits for all these years without it, it makes for such easy application of PVA in just the right amount to the point where it is required. - Mark from Durham

“What a simple but fabulous product” I filled my applicator with white dimensional paint and was able to write names perfectly easily and with total control on my personalised Salt Dough Tree decorations. Thank you for bringing it to the world!!! - Mandy McLeod

I ordered the Fine Tip applicators from you about 9-10 years ago and am still using them! Carole - Portsmouth.

I recently purchased 2 of your applicators and I have to say - what a splendid product
They work extremely well and I could not be happier with them. They should be stocked by every model shop in the country. Congratulations on such a fine design. David Laine, Flashback Sales

I have not found anyone having such a fine tip. Several claim to be fine, but when it comes down to the "nitty gritty" they do not do such a good job as yours - Sandra from Leeds

Many thanks for the best ever invention for every craft! - June from Telford

Very useful for my dollshouse miniature work and for my husband's trainset. Ordered on Monday, posted Tuesday and delivered on Wednesday, amazing service, if only all companies were the same! - Hilary in Wiltshire
Does the applicator come full of glue?
No. Every crafter has their own particular favourite when it comes to glue, some like it thick and tacky others like it well diluted. Many crafters even have two or three of our Applicators each with a different strength of glue inside for different purposes. Our Original Fine Tip Applicator comes completely ready for you to fill.
Does the applicator have to be cleaned regularly?
No. One of the biggest advantages of our Fine Tip Applicator is that both our tips and pins are specially treated to prevent rust and providing they are kept well topped-up it should never be necessary to wash them out.
How much glue should I buy?
How much glue should I buy? The applicator will hold 35ml of PVA when full. You will find this lasts you a very long time.

I always find that buying a small bottle of fresh glue is best as there will be no wastage with the Fine Tip Applicator and although you should top it up regularly you will not need huge bottles.

Glue starts to harden once it is exposed to air so if you buy a large container and only use it very slowly there will be a lot of air in the container for a long time and lumps will start to form in old glue. These lumps don't show up much when you fill your applicator but I have found them big enough to clog up the fine nozzle tip. This is very frustrating when you are trying to stick your work!

Obviously your special treated pin can be used to unclog the tip but I never buy big amounts of glue now so it is always fresher!

I suggest you store your container of glue upside down for the same reasons as your applicator!
What type of glue should I use?
What type of glue should I use? Our applicator is designed to be used with PVA glue and that is what we guarantee it for. PVA is also sometimes called 'White glue or School glue or Tacky but it is always white, non-toxic and dries clear.

If you use the Fine Tip Applicator for other types of glue, you must avoid those, such as Superglue, that make a 'string or filament' between the fine tip and the item being glued.

If such a filament does form, when you have squeezed some out, it is not a water-based glue and may well damage the Fine Tip beyond repair.

However, we do know that many other crafters are using our product for different substances and you can see in the gallery some of the crafts for which the Fine Tip Applicator has proved to be such a success. We are always very interested to hear of different uses that have worked well and would be pleased to add you to our gallery, so do let us know.

Please note, however, that if you intend to use our applicator for substances other than PVA glue it is at your own risk.
If I lose my pin can I buy another?
If I lose my pin can I buy another? Yes, but only while stocks last. Spare treated pins cost 25p each plus P&P, which is the same no matter how many you buy. This is because we have to send them suitably protected as a LARGE letter to avoid injury to the postal workers.
Can I just buy the metal Tip?
Can I just buy the metal Tip? Sorry No, unless you want a minimum of 200 !

The big advantage of our specially treated tips over others is that ours are more robust and do not require washing out. Provided they are used properly they do not rust. We were persuaded to sell our tips wholesale as they are so very good, if you are interested do please get in touch either by email or phone.

Xannero 1 on YouTube - Albums and Boxes
Xannero 1 on YouTube  - Albums and Boxes After watching Anne Rostad's videos on YouTube, learning how to make her really beautiful albums and boxes, many of our customers write to us wanting to know the type of glue she uses and if we sell it.

Anne uses Scotch quick dry glue with a tiny bit of water to make it "float easy”.

We of course sell our applicators ready to fill with your favourite brand of PVA glue and whilst we only guarantee it for PVA glue we know that other water based glues work. You can buy Scotch Quick Dry glue from lots of places.
Marquetry Marquetarian Peter White says :
'I find that the controlled amount of PVA that I can apply with the Fine Tip Applicator to the veneer joints on my marquetry, makes the job easy and saves mess and waste. The cleaner I can keep the veneers, the easier it is to sand and finish later in the process.'
Peter’s Excellent Tutorial DVD’s can be sampled, Click here to view or paste this link in your browser
Roket Card Glue
David Laine said :
“I wrote to you a few months ago to say how pleased I was with your applicator, using it with PVA. Since then I've found another great glue for card model applications.
So I thought I'd decant some into your Finetip. I'm delighted to tell you that it works extremely well with Roket Card Glue but don't squeeze the bottle too hard.”

Working with Veneers
Working with Veneers Rosie Ives writes:
It is fantastic for making Doll's House miniatures where you only need a tiny spot of glue. On this table top each small diamond of veneer had to be individually glued in, so using your fine tip glue bottle was just the job for putting glue exactly where I needed it.

Your metal tip is so much better than other bottles with plastic tips, because with time, when inserting the pin in them you end up pushing it through the plastic tip.”

Miniature Flower Kits
Miniature Flower Kits Theresa Stringer of Ladies Mile Miniatures says
‘Making flowers is much easier than you think, especially if you use the Fine Tip Applicator. First seal the end of the stem with a dot of glue from the applicator and allow to dry. (This acts as a stop)

Make a hole in the centre of the flowers and slide up the stem securing with a dot of glue. Add leaves to stem . . . so easy as the applicator allows you to put the tiniest dot of glue just where you want it . . . and just the right amount. So simple! I don’t know where I would be without it!’
Fray Stop
Several customers have told me how useful the applicator is when using Fray Stop on fabrics for smooth hems, particularly for miniatures. Steph Sharland says she uses two applicators. "They are permanently filled with either fray stop or glue , they are marked so I know which contains which, as they look alike. I get really "miffed" if one decides to hide itself amongst the fabrics too".
Applying ballast to Railway Track
Lyndon Crowe of Lynsmodels writes :
“I have found out that if I fill one applicator with diluted PVA and a drop of washing-up liquid it makes the diluted mixture flow more smoothly. I can use this to fix all the track ballast to my model railway without it bunching together, it is much easier than trying to use syringes etc.”
Quilling This 3-D arrangement was made using both 2mm and 3mm Quilling paper in a three-fold aperture card.
The roses were made using pinking shears on the quilling paper edge and leaves were made using wheatears and teardrop shapes.
Anne made it for a Golden Wedding Card for one of the family.
Miniature Dolls and Furniture
Miniature Dolls and Furniture Robin Britton of Coombe Crafts says,
"They are perfect in every part of miniature doll and furniture making, delivering the tiniest spot of glue in the right place. I use them in place of 'fray - check' to seal fabric before cutting."
Attaching Gems to Fabrics
Attaching Gems to Fabrics Vicki Smith from Ruislip explained that although many gem stones are sold as self-adhesive and stuck on using a hot wand, she found that the layer of adhesive was insufficient to stand up to the stresses of gymnastics!

She therefore uses the Fine Tip Applicator with Gem Tac glue so she can place the gems individually, whether 9ss or 30ss, with the desired amount of glue for each gem and she knows that they will stay on. This link will amaze you with the skill of the acro gymnasts and the strength of the gemmed leotards! To see her daughter and the team in action Click here

Using Flower Soft
Using Flower Soft The Fine Tip applicator makes using Flower Soft very easy indeed. You can draw your own shapes or designs or write with the applicator then shake on the Flower Soft and tap off the excess and allow to dry.
Using Fine Glitter
Using Fine Glitter Run the applicator along the valleys of corrugated card, sprinkle with ultrafine glitter and shake off excess for sparkly backgrounds.
Tip: Make up sheets of glittered corrugated card ready for backgrounds. Work quickly on a small area at a time, two or three rows, then add Ultra fine glitter, shake off excess before doing the next section. This way the glue is still damp enough to stick the glitter. Start with the applicator just off the edge and run on into the corrugated valley so that you get an even line of glue and glitter, at the far end just run off the card before removing the applicator.
Write Greetings, Highlight or Draw with your applicator then sprinkle with glitter for that extra glitz!!

Gluing Wood and Clay
Gluing Wood and Clay Liz Smith of Streets Hill Miniatures writes:
"The first place I use it is to add a tiny drop of glue to the drilled holes in the seat of the stool, before I push the legs into place. If I decide to reform the way a paw is placed I often have to add another drop of glue underneath the paw - so you can probably imagine how little that drop has to be!

It's just so easy to get the tiniest drop of glue exactly where you need it using your applicators!"
Decorating Ceramics
Decorating Ceramics Sue Brown, of Sticky Earth Café, fills our applicators with underglaze paints so her customers can draw and write with fine lines when decorating ceramics.
Gutta for Silk Painting
I have used the Fine Tip Applicator very satisfactorily for applying Gutta for outlining designs when silk painting.
Dimensional Paints
I am told that the applicator is very handy when using dimensional paints on intricate designs. It is not something I have tried myself but several customers have mentioned it.
One of my customers, in Scotland, uses the Fine Tip Applicator to do Henna Hand Painting.
Chinoiserie means in the Chinese fashion usually with figures and pagodas like the Willow pattern china.
Wendy Smith (aka Daew) mostly decorates furniture both large and miniature. Her other hobby is illuminated calligraphy; both hobbies use gesso and gold leaf.
Daew writes:
I paint the background black although it can be any colour; red, green or white are popular.
The pattern is then copied onto the item and I then fill parts of it with a thin Gesso which is a mixture made of animal glue and whiting (chalk dust). This is made much easier by putting the mixture into the Fine Tip Glue Applicator and squeezing it out. When this is dry the next stage is to apply very thin sheets of gold leaf over the Gesso. After painting the other parts I finish it with French polish.
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