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I have always used blu tac to stick up posters on my wall when I lived at home! The reason was because it holds things up but doesn't take off paint or wallpaper with its stickiness.
I recently used blu tac to put up some fairy lights for Christmas and attempt to fix my phone charger (long story!). It is very multipurpose and to be honest I would probably be in a bind without it as I would have to use tape or (even worse) glue!
Blu tac is a blue putty that comes in sheets of around 10cm in a kind of plastic paper that doesn't stick to it and in a cardboard sheath. The first thing I do when I get blu tac is roll it in a ball. It kneads easily and is very easy to pull apart, stick to things, or peel off.
It is reusable so if you want to take that poster down you can use the little ball of blutac to put up another (or do anything else, virtually!) I have tried cheaper versions (that are usually white) but I find they dry out and things fall down or lose their stickiness.
Blu tac all the way! It is about £1.50 and mine was from WH Smith's when I last popped into town!
I always think of Blu Tack as Old Faithful. We always had a squished up, fluff-covered blob of the stuff somewhere in the house when I was a child and now, as an adult, I always make sure I have some to hand. Along with WD40 and duck tape, it forms the Holy Trinity of stuff that fixes anything.
Blu-Tack is normally available for around £1 a pack, and indeed I bought my last pack in good old Poundland. Blu Tack comes in a cardboard sleeve, inside which is a sheet of the product sandwiched between two waxed sheets of paper, which keep it from sticking to the rest of the packaging.
The Blue Tack itself is a pale blue, putty-like substance, and, according to the Bostik website, it is made from synthetic rubber and mineral fillers. Bostik also state that no latex touches the product during manufacture, so for those with a latex allergy it should be OK to use.
When needed, a piece of the putty is pulled off the main sheet, warmed between the hands and stuck to whatever needs sticking! It can be re-used by simply peeling off, squishing it down and applying it to another surface.
I've used Blu Tack for countless reasons over the years - here's a brief selection of the main ones.
*Sticking posters to walls*
Blu Tack has always worked very well for this, right through from my Kylie and Jason posters as a kid (yeah, yeah, I know!), to year-planners on my home office wall now. Paper sticks well to the wall in most circumstances, the exception being if the wall becomes very cold (ie an external wall) when it has a tendency to lose its grip.
*Sticking ornaments to shelves*
It's a very handy product for stabilising particularly wobbly ornaments or other objects on shelves that can be easily knocked over. I've found it sticks well to wood, metal, plastic and painted surfaces.
*Makeshift mechanical repairs*
Blu tack isn't my first choice for this (duck tape is) but, at a pinch, it will stick together broken plastic objects for short-term, light use, such as part of a picture frame.
One of the few downsides of Blu tack is the very reason I use it: inherent stickiness. When used on clean, dry surfaces there is no problem, but if it comes into contact with dust, pet hair or fluff it's well-nigh impossible to remove. I end up having to throw out any dirty Blu Tack and buying some more.
*Stuck on fabric/carpets*
Another real problem. If the Blu Tack is only lightly adhering to a fabric surface I can peel it off easily, but if it gets trodden into carpet and really ground in it's a nightmare. The Bostik website suggests rubbing more Blu Tack over the ground in stuff to pull it out gently, and then using sticky tape and finally a solvent like lighter fluid to remove it; a finickity, complex procedure that could easily wreck fabric fibres.
Probably my main bugbear with the product. Once it's been left on an absorbent surface a greasy mark is almost always left behind. Painted walls seem to suffer most, as do posters (yes, including those Kylie and Jason ones!). I've found no solution to this, save cutting off the corners of posters and simply Blu Tacking another sheet of paper over the greasy mark that was left from the first one!
In conclusion, Blu Tack is a wonderful product with a variety of uses. It's not perfect, but it is a household essential for me, as it can fill gaps, stick two things together and be moulded into any shape I need.
My grandson often brings me a picture he has drawn at school and we like to place it on display around my home, usually the pictures are placed on my kitchen cupboard fronts. I take them down weekly just to clean the cupboards and then just pop the pictures back on again. We change the pictures and then the old ones go into a box so that my little grandson can keep them for when he gets older and can then look at them again or show his own children. May seem like a long time to store them but I'm sure a lot of adults have still got the pictures their own parents kept in a box somewhere. He does arrive weekly with a new one lol but I do love receiving them.
I have to have some of this blue tack to stick them onto the cupboards. The product is like a putty and is a light blue colour, comes inside a cardboard kind of folder and is kind of like a thin layer of plastercine ,covered in a blue plastic wrapper to keep the putty dry and clean. The putty is very durable and it can be moulded into shapes or just into a ball to use to stick it on a surface. I just pull a small amount of the putty and roll it between my fingers and make a small ball and then just attach it to the back of the pictures and it sticks really well.
It doesn't damage my kitchen cupboards when I pull the pictures away from the cupboard, sometimes a little is left on the cupboard but I just rub it with my fingertips and it just rubs off perfectly. This is ideal for sticking posters onto walls, it would hold and stick a large poster on walls by just using a larger amount on the back for smaller pictures only a small amount is adequate enough to stick it well enough without it falling down. Doesn't also damage my walls but I don't however stick it to my wallpapered wall, I don't need to stick this to any wallpaper in my home because I only have the main wall in each room wallpapered and this area isn't an area I stick picture. I did test an area of one of my papered walls because I was going to strip the paper off the next week, so it didn't matter if it ruined it. This product didn't rip the paper when I took it from the paper or mark it but I didn't feel comfortable that if I had left it for some time on it that it wouldn't ruin it at a later date. So I think it is worth bearing in mind to be careful if sticking it to papered walls. I did carefully remove it from the paper and it was fine.
The same amount used for each picture can be reused a number of times before it loses the adhesive feeling. It doesn't dry out and I have used the same pieces on one picture, taking it off the cupboard and using the same blu tack on a fresh picture at least 10 times before I have needed to use a fresh piece. The packet lasts for ages.
It is a good quality adhesive and well worth the money, I paid just £1 , for this price I think it is well worth the money and affordable for sticking things to walls and cabinets. It is safe for children to use and my little grandson and I have used it to make things on our craft days. We have moulded a small ball and stuck paper clips into it, so we don't lose them and used it to stick straws into so that we can just grab one when our hands are full. It is a little bit like plastercine.
This is so cheap to buy and I paid less than a £1 for it, I think it cost me around 70p. For this price and the way it works , I think every household should have one stocked. It is extremely good value for money and it is very good quality. It can be used over and over again before it loses the elasticity. Is so durable and works really well for sticking drawing and posters to walls without ruining them.
I use it to stick Christmas cards to a painted door in my main door entrance. It doesn't ruin the paintwork and when I remove the cards to recycle after the New Year, my doors are in the same condition as before.
I highly do recommend this product, it is well worth the price and is a super to use at home or in an office. I will continue to buy for many years to come.
I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I can't imagine many households which don't have a packet of Blu Tack, or if not a packet, random mounds of used Blu Tack in varying states of useability!
As the packet says, Blu Tack has 1000s of uses for home, office and school - which I will elaborate a bit on. Mostly I use it for sticking my Christmas and Birthday cards on the railings of my stairs, sticking up assorted moose postcards on my wall in the Moosery, and a random collection of certificates over my study aread in the Moosery!
The packet which I have sat in front of me is different from dooyoo's, I think it might be more modern, since this particular packet is unopened and brand new. It is mainly blue, but with a brightly coloured rainbow at the top, and a picture of a big blob, which is I assume Blu Tack!
Inside the pack you'll find a sheet of Blu Tack sovered in easy to remove protective covering.
---What is Blu Tack and what can you use it for---
I doubt anyone reading this will not know what Blu Tack is. Basically it's tack which is a light blue colour (I struggle actually not to type Blue Tack!) It is said to be a 'great alternative to pins and tape' and is 'clean, safe, and hugely versatile'. It is made by Bostik who are well known for making glue.
Along with the usual sticking things onto the wall (and windows, and to most things really), it can also be used to remove dirt from keyboards, and fluff from clothes. It can be used to hold small objects in place such as keys and pens. I have a special birthday candle which is stuck on my shelf with Blu Tack.
In my teenage years, my MANY posters were attached to my walls with blu tack. It worked well with those MASSIVE ones of Take That. Although there were a couple of occasions when I awoke in the night with a lifesized Mark Owen poster on top of me (it was quite a heavy poster and was attached to the ceiling).
I often find when putting up something new on the wall that I can't find my Blu Tack, in which case I take small bits off other things already on the wall. This works well, and actually you find that you really only need a very small amount of it to keep things up on the wall.
The great thing about Blu Tack is that it can be reused many times, therefore a packet can last for ages. It never really goes back in the packet properly, but it seems to remain sticky unless it has been up on the wall for a LONG time.
I especially find Blu Tack useful when delivering training, as we can temporarily stick on the wall the sheets which the delegates write on in group activities.
When things have only been attached for short amounts of time, then removal is simple, and if any blue bits remain then you can use another bit of blu tack to remove it.
However, when things have been on the wall for years, then they are likely to make a mess when removing. When I finally left my parent's house I took with me some small chunks out of the plaster on the walls, but it wasn't a problem as they were redecorating it anyway. I would avoid putting blu tack on nice newly decorated rooms. In which case you'll just have to stick things to the cupboards etc!
Another thing is that in the past I have stuck certificates up with blu tack, and have found years later that it leaves a stain in the four corners where the tack has been. This isn't a major issue for unimportant things, but I certainly wouldn't advise using it on your precious qualification certificates!
Although on the back of the packet there is a picture of a balloon, suggesting that you can mount a balloon on something with blu tack...however, in practice this doesn't always work.
Despite the downsides, for the most part, Blu Tack is an amazing product, and one which every household needs. You can pick up a packet for less than £1 - bargain!
What's blue and smells of rubber? No, you naughty person. The answer is blu tack. The odds are extremely high that you will be familiar with not only the colour and aroma, but also feel, form and function. When I were a lad it were used to stick oop posters and t' like to bedroom wall.
It still is. The usefulness of this putty like substance continues to make lots of money for Bostik. As long as it is fairly light weight and there's a dry, clean surface, you can quite literally stick it. As a substance, Blu-tak is pressure sensitive. The warmer it gets, the more pliant it becomes.
Quite what it is made from is a trade secret. Perhaps I've guessed it with the title of my piece. It would certainly explain why Gargamel was so determined to get his hands on the little blighters. We do know that it is synthetic, and that it can be swallowed without harm. It will burn, which will produce toxic smoke and is therefore only recommended for the terminally stupid.
One of the more intelligent and interesting uses that Blu tack can be used for is as a kneaded eraser for graphite (pencil drawings) . As anyone who has tried it can testify, you can "lift" printed cartoons from newspaper and transfer them onto a plain sheet of paper. It was coloured blue due to concerns that small children might eat it. Quite why the colour would make a difference, I've yet to figure out. Even a two-year old is not going to mistake this for mashed potato.
Other companies have inevitably copied Blu tack with varying degrees of success. They certainly don't get the brand name, forcing them to create new ones of their own. The yanks went for "fun-tak, surprisingly without being sued. The Saffas call it Prestik. The Danes call it elefantsnot. One imagines it may be green.
I have some in my desk drawer and it's used at home. You can buy a 113gram strip for about £2. Best of all, it seems to be virtually endlessly reusable.
Blu Tack is THE household name for a pressure sensitive adhesive made by Bostik. It's main purpose if for sticking things to walls in a non-premenant fashion.
Blu tack is supplied in a cardboard packet which has the name boldy printed on the front. It is instantly recognisable in the shops and many cheaper copies try to imitate the packaging. Inside the putty is a flat rectangular 'plate' enclosed between two sheets of plastic which can be peeled away to access the required amount of putty and leave the remainder sealed for later use.
Being cardboard and plastic the packaging is sufficient but not over packaged as with many products. It is recycleable and easy to dispose of.
===The putty (Blu tack)===
The putty was originally invented by accident as a failed version of a sealant for weapon manufacture. It is was originally white but the blue colour was added as it was thought that children may mistake the product for sweets (It can now be bought in the white form which supposedly causes less marking to the walls.
Blu tack is non-carcogenic, can be swallowed without problems, not soluble in water. If heated to its flash point (the point and which it vapourises) it does produce toxic fumes...so don't try baking it.
It's main selling point is that it acts as an adhesive which is non-permentant and is pressure sensitve meaning that it is made to stick by pressing it between the items requiring adhesion.
The main use of blu-tack is to stick posters and notices to walls. I have used it many times for this in rented houses and have found it easy to use. Over time the adhesion does degrade and I have foundd that a bit of moulding makes it sticky again. On white walls it often leaves marks but these can be removed or reduced by rubbing a lump of blutack over the area and removing anything that hasn;t already been taken off.
Blu-tack has also been used for sculpture and in arts and crafts as a temporary adhesive. It can be used to transfer images from newspaper print by pressing a flat block onto the print and then pressing the blutack onto a plain shet of paper.
Blu-tack also has very good sound absorbing properties so can be used to dampen sounds. I can't say I have tried this out but it's believable however I think it would cost a lot to soundproof a room with it.
Blu-tack is usually priced around the two pound level but varies depending on the shop and any offers available. Whilst some of it's copies are cheaper I find they leave more permenant marks on the wall and think that a few pence extra for the leading product is worth the expense.
I always go for Blu-tack above competitors and always seemt to have run out when I need to find some meaning it's an exremely useful product to have around the house.
Once again, i don't particularly use blu tac for it's recommended means. It's more fun to see how creative you can be with simple office supplies particularly when you had to accompany your mum to her office when you were younger. Or if you're bored in your own office. (My other job is working as a computational linguist and work has been a lil slow lately so i've been filling my time with various uses for blu tac.
As you may know, Blu tac is a putty-like adhesive that sticks to pretty much anything (but is really hard to get out of a carpet let me tell you that much.) and allows for a cheap way to stick up posters etc without too much risk of ruining the walls- although i wouldn't quite trust that- blu tac doesn't always agree with certain paint types and if left on too long can leave oil- like patches in the paint work that can't be painted over easily. It's still better than Sellotape which can pull off paint/ wall paper or pins which cause holes in the wall- and quite often find their way into your foot.
It comes in blue card board thin box where the blue tac itself is wrapped in cellophane and takes a flat, decent sized rectangular shape for the money you pay. Prices vary from 70p-£1.50 across stationary shops (at last check) and is often sold with office equipment.
I tend to use blu tac in a similar sort of way to play dough. My favourite model happens to be a small snail that i stick on various people's computers while they're not looking. I also have a little bunny by my desk and i have been attempting to make a lil bird of late. Because of it's flexibility and the ability to apply detail easily to your shape of you blu tac it's quite a fun pass time. It can also prove to be rather therapeutic- a colleague of mine keeps a ball of blu tac by his desk that acts as a stress ball that can be pulled apart and put back together. Blu tac balls can also bounce- though be careful, there's a knack to doing it without it sticking to the floor that i haven't quite mastered.
Blu tac also doesn't tend to dry out too easily dependant on the conditions you put it under- if you stick it to a place that is prone to extreme temperatures it will of course dry out quicker than in the average place for blu tac. I've known cases where the blue tac has lasted up to five years in somebody's bedroom, but others where it's dried out within six months due to being on a same wall as a radiator during Winter.
Dried up or even fresh blue tac is often easy to dispose of/ move around or reuse as quite often it just peels off the surface it's stuck on. However on some occasions you can get little stubborn bits that refuse to come off. This is quite simply remedied by getting a fresh ball of blue tac and rolling it gently over the stubborn bits and that should get it of. If not a gentle scrub with warm soapy water will.
All in all a brilliant invention with many uses.
We use Blu Tack occasionally in work for sticking up posters, directions to rooms when holding events, and that kind of thing. Having only moved into our new building a couple of years ago, the walls are still in good condition, and obviously we're keen to keep them that way. So far, we have found that Blu Tack is the best way to temporarily stick things to the wall, without leaving any nasty marks. It is also non-toxic so is safer to use than things like glue.
Blu Tack is basically a putty adhesive which is reusable, and is primarily used to stick things to walls in place of tape or pins in order to create less mess and not leave any marks behind. It comes flat and is kept between two sheets of paper to keep it fresh, but once you break a piece off it becomes pliable and you can mould it into whichever shape you like, usually a circular shape if you are fixing something to a wall. It's not so sticky that it sticks to your hands, but it will easily stick to most wall surfaces, provided they are clean and free from grease.
Blu Tack is reasonably strong, but if you are hanging something heavy like a large poster, you will need to use extra to stop it from peeling off the wall. For smaller items, you can usually get away with a small piece on each corner, but for heavier posters I would put some in between the corners and in the middle too. You also have to be careful when taking things off walls when they've been held in place with Blu Tack, because if you're not careful you can take a bit of the paint off with it. It's best to peel it really slowly, and of course the advantage of it being blue is that you can see if any is left on the wall by accident.
Blu Tack has many uses in homes, schools and offices. It can be used for things like gathering dust from keyboards, temporarily sealing leaks (I've done this when B&Q were shut on a Sunday evening and we had a slight leak in the bathroom), and things like arts and crafts. Once used, it can be stored in its original packaging, and next time you wish to use it, just mould it into shape until it becomes pliable again. After a while, and I mean years, it can become quite hard and it's probably worth replacing it at this stage as it can lose it's stickiness a little. As a temporary fixing solution, however, it is a very viable option. It currently costs £1 from Tesco, and at this price it's not really worth bothering with any of the cheaper imitation products.
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Blu Tack is a household name and rightly so! It is so useful for many purposes.
When my children were younger we went through loads of blu tack as they would have posters all over their walls and pictures and things up on cupboards. Now I don't use it as often but still like to have a pack in my cupboard as you never know when it will be needed and now with my grandchildren around it means that I have started to use it again now.
Blu Tack is a reuseable sticky product which will stick light weight things to walls. The blu tack can be reused again although I find that after a few uses or if it's getting quite hold then it won't work as well.
It comes in a thin pack and you just pull some away, mould it a bit and then stick it where you need it to be. I find when you first buy it it is at it's best, after a few months it's not as sticky. It's best to keep it in an airtight container when you're not using it too as this helps keep it as sticky as possible.
What is funny is it feels a little like play-doh to touch, it's not sticky like a glue but it does hold up well.
We use this to stick pictures to walls and it's very effective, it sometimes will fail randomly and the picture will fall down so you do have to be careful about what it is you are sticking up in case it does fall and could cause injury.
Blu tack is a useful and incredibly under-rated household product. It is a self-adhesive lump of sticky gum which can aid household tasks. It has been around since 1971 and is known simply by name in the UK rather than having any need to refer to Bostick the company who make it.
In situations where it is just not necessary for a nail or glue, or where cellotape is ugly, Blu Tack provides a brilliant alternative. From my teenage years I have used it and nowadays having a pack around is as reassuring as ever as we put posters up of Disney characters and Peppa Pig but are loathe to stick tacks into a wall.
In this situation Blu-Tack is a wonderful alternative. We buy the 70g pack from Amazon for a pound and have found that it is a product we only use rarely so lasts quite a long time. We keep two packs and they have lasted us well over 6 years, possibly because we don't use it much, but also because we can re-use what we have every Christmas to help secure decorations to ceilings and walls.
Blu-tack is recommended for use on non-porous surfaces such as painted walls, vinyl coated wallpaper, glass and metal. It shouldn't be used on brick or expensive wallpaper which might rip when you try to pull it off.
Blu-tack is a blue sticky gum used generally to stick things to surfaces, this can be pictures to walls, telephones to cabinets. If for some reason you get some stuck in your carpet (ie an unruly child starts playing with it, you should where possible try to remove it with a citrus based stain remover.
Blu-tack is made from Xylene, it can come into contact with skin without any issues, if swallowed it is not harmful, if concerned you should seek medical attention but not try to induce vomiting. I have to admit as a youngster I used to chew Blu-Tack and it is not nice, it is chewy but tastes awful, so learn from others mis-spent youths and don't chew it kids, it isn't nice and doesn't make you look clever.
Blu-Tack is a simple, non-greasy invention that has made the lives of millions of people a little bit easier in providing an alternative to nails or cellotape for securing items mainly to walls. It is good value, well presented, simple to use and fun.
Blu Tack is one of those products that almost every household has a pack of in one of their bits and bobs drawers. Since my daughter started nursery (and now school) it is something that I have had a LOT of use of with all the pictures she would bring home and want on the wall. One of the walls in our kitchen is just full of her artwork now and still hanging thanks to trusy blu tack!
Blu Tack is another one of those items that seems to have been around forever, as far back as I can remember my mum used it at Christmas to hang the dreaded tacky decorations that people used to have, along with cards before she joined the cards on a string bandwagon. It comes packaged in a flat cardboard box and inside the tack is covered in a non stick paper. Blu tack itself is classed as a reuseable putty-like pressure-sensitive adhesive but I would just compare it to play doh that sticks! Standard blu tack is blue but there are now other colours available such as pink and white.
Using the blu tack is extremely simple, pull of a chunk from the sheet inside the packaging and squash and stretch it for a few seconds to warm it up slightly to make it easier to use. Depending on what you are using it for you can then take a small amount, make a ball and place it on the back of whatever you wish to stick up and then press against the wall.
The price of Blu Tack does seem to vary, I just buy mine from the local pound shop and quite often they have two packs for a pound so it is very good value.
I think Blu tack is fab, it holds pictures up on the wall perfectly and for the most part they will stay for a long time. I have noticed that it can leave a greasy mark on the wall when removed from painted walls, or even pull off wallpaper when being removed so if it is papered wall extra care does need to be taken. I normally hang my special Christmas cards on the wall in my living room with Blu tack but as I have just redecorated I think I may have to find a new way this year as I really don't want to risk any greasy marks or rips!
I definitely recommend Blu Tack, it is cheap, does its job brilliantly and can be reused many times.
Thank you for reading my review.
Blue tack comes in handy when you need to display a picture a child has drawn at school or nursery school and arrived home with it to give you it to display.
It comes housed in a cardboard packaging and it is a light blue putty which is wrapped in a plastic sheet to keep it dry. I have had my pack for quite a while and the putty is still dry and still
The putty is durable and all you have to do is to use the amount you need to stick your child's picture onto a surface and then just slightly rub it gently so it softens slightly and then just stick it to the surface or the back of the picture and it sticks well indeed on the surface and doesn't fall from it if you press it enough against the surface. For displaying pictures only a small blob of the putty is needed and it is enough but for maybe cardboard to stick somewhere, then a little bit more of the putty would be needed because it is heavier but it sticks cardboard well onto surfaces too. Doesn't mark surfaces.
I have used this product at Christmas time to put cards on my cupboard door in my hallway, I receive a lot of cards and I usually put the friends cards etc on the door in the hallway where my main entrance is and I can see them and not clutter my lounge with cards.
It is easy to shape it and it sticks well if the surface is dry. It is easy to pull away from the surfaces and it doesn't ruin it or make a mark etc. it can be used again and moved to another surface if need be and it is good for children to put up posters in their bedroom.
Handy if you want to write a shopping list on a piece of paper for when you go shopping later that day or few days later and pop it onto a kitchen cupboard door where you can see it before you go shopping and then just pull it from the blu tack.
It is cheap to buy and it costs anywhere from 70p up to a couple of pounds depending on the size you want to buy and it is available in supermarkets or stationery's. always handy to have some of this in a draw for when you need to stick something onto a surface.
After a while the putty becomes less sticky and then can just be thrown away in the bin and a fresh piece can be pulled from the packet. So it can be used over and over again.
I recommend it for anyone who doesn't want to spoil their cupboard doors or walls and for anyone with children or grandchildren who always like to bring home pictures they have drawn for you to display around your home.
Good quality and good value for money and lasts for a long time and can be used again and again. Will keep buying this product and is handy to have around the home.
I rate it 5 stars.
WHAT IS IT?
A blue putty that you use to stick things together or for putting posters up.
WHAT I THINK
Blu Tack is the only effective putty, there are a few different brands but I always buy this original one. I use it mostly for putting posters up and pictures my daughters have brought home from school. The Blu Tack comes in a solid sheet and you rip pieces off as you need it. The putty is reusable so when one of my daughters changes a poster I peel the Blu Tack off and use it again to put the new poster up.
It goes soft when you knead it between your fingers and holds paper weight posters without ever falling but can be pulled off the wall if you use it to hang heavier card. I have got a calander my daughter made at school for Christmas 2011 so it is nearly 2 years old, I put it up with one big piece of Blu Tack at the top and it has never fallen down in all that time.
It lasts for a long time but will eventually lose stickiness but this is only if you keep peeling it off and reusing it, if you put it up and leave it then it will hold for a long time.
Blu Tack is quite cheap and only costs about £1.50. This is a very good price because it is so useful and lasts, I have got a lump of it on my desk and keep some in my works cosmetics case as it is very useful for keeping bobby pins to hand.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Blue tac is this weird stuff. The simplest way I can explain it, is that it is this weird putty style substance, that can be used to stick stuff together, yet isn't that inherently sticky. Its kind of like plasticine, but doesn't dry out (or dry out as much, I think it does dry out if you leave it for a very long time).
Anyway, this stuff is very useful for sticking things up, but where you want the sticking to be reversible. So say if you are putting up posters, this stuff is actually one of the best things so use (sellotape can damage paint on walls, and pins are only useful if you have a specific pin board). Bluetac excels here as it is re-usable, and doesn't really cause any problems to the paint on the walls.
Bluetac can also be used as a great stress relief style ball. Just grab loads of the stuff, and roll it into a massive ball. If you have a desk at work, you can have it there, and just tear some off when you need it. You can add bluetac to blue tac, and split it up, it doesn't come in set sizes. It also makes for a great "game", like making a bluetac mini football, and playing desk football with a mate, or rolling them into little artistic shapes, or even attempting to make your own wallance and gromit style video production (check youtube out for some of these).
When you buy the stuff (you can get some for as little as £1!) it comes in a sheet, and you simply break off as you please.
Disadvantages of this are hard to find to be honest. Yes its a weak sticking ability, but then it is supposed to be. Its not too expensive, and I can't think of much that could be done to improve it. I guess I have to give this 5/5 stars, simply because it does everything it is supposed to, and better than competitors, and at a reasonable price too. I mean, as far as I am aware you cannot have a blue tac allergy, it is non-toxic, and pretty safe (I wouldn't go eating the stuff, but I have stepped on those drawing pins and so on, and let me tell you, you don't get that with bluetac!). Its also easy to clean!
When it comes to sticking up items on a wall you usually either need tape, drawing pin or blu tack.
The drawing pin idea will create holes in the wall which can look extremely messy and overall the look it gives is not the best. With tape you usually rip the item you're holding up when you need to pull the item down.
With blu tack however there is a good reason to have the product. I usually buy a couple of packs of this product when it is on offer because it saves you money in the long run. Only yesterday I brought some more which I paid £1.57 for in a small gift shop near where I live.
Blu tack comes flat and is blu hence the name and you have two sheets of thin non-stick paper which covers it up nicely so it is not covered in any sort of dirt. You then pull apart some of this rather fun looking putty.
It looks like a piece of chewing gum but bigger and when you pull it apart the overall texture and look would make people assume it is in fact chewing gum so that can be a problem for some people.
I get a small piece of this blu tack and roll it into a small ball and will place up perhaps posters at work which need putting up to promote a new product for a few weeks. With drawing pins they rip apart the sheets but with this product this does not happen.
You get a small amount and place it on the back of the surface and then attach it to somewhere else. I usually put my posters up against walls, windows and more. I never see the item fall down or have any issue such as one side looking weaker then another.
The product is long lasting but after a while you find some issues can occur. Recently a poster I removed from the wall actually had the blu tack remove some of the paint from the wallpaper it was on. This poster had been in a place about three months so it shows the blu tack can cause slight damage.
With me the blu tack seemed tougher to mould a ball out of and eventually it was thrown away. Usually when I need to remove a poster you just pull gentle and the blu tack will either remain intact with the poster or the wall depending on which it is more attached to.
The product is not like glue in any way because it is not messy. You can literally decide how much you need and once you have used some you can store it away again for later use. Some people decide to play it back under a cupboard surface and some put it back in the original packaging which is what I do.
After a few usages for this item you will notice the sticky type texture begins to disappear and this is when you need to throw away the product before it gets completely useless. For the price you pay for this item it is long lasting it just depends what you're hanging up, where and how long for.
Christmas is obviously a great time to own such an item as this is when you are likely to store Christmas cards on the wall and it saves those drawing pins being used all the time. This is a product which is an adhesive but without the messy elements and it does have a life span and this depends on what it is being used for.