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Sticky Moments Made Simple
Bostik Blu Tack
Member Name: flutel
Bostik Blu Tack
Advantages: Very handy to have around the house or in your bag for those sticky moments
Disadvantages: Undesirable things stick to it if you leave it out of the wrapper
It's an essential bit of kit - this is - if you are a teacher. I do think it would be an interesting (if mindless) exercise to collect all of the Blue Tack on all of the school walls in the UK and see just how many tons there are on those walls.
I carry this in my school briefcase (picture Mary Poppins' bag) because I always need it to stick my own teaching aids up and kids ask me for it to stick their posters up too.
Blue Tack is a great invention though, and has a myriad of different uses around the home/workplace.
Blue Tack comes in a handy blue card envelope that opens to reveal some blue paper/plastic wrapping housing the actual sticky substance. The idea is, you peel the wrap off and take the amount you require and then the Blue Tack that is left is kept 'fresh' .
Using Blue Tack
When the 'tack' is peeled off, it feels quite stiff so you need to squeeze and mould it for some seconds as it becomes increasingly pliable and more sticky. The 'Tack' is then ready to use in small lumps at the back of posters/notices. You stick four lumps on each corner (or strategic place) and then apply pressure to the poster so that it sticks to the wall. Generally, the bigger the poter, the more Blue Tack you will require to stick it.
Taking posters off the wall that have been stuck with Blue Tack can leave a small blue residue and care and a bit of time is needed to remove this by rolling a fatter piece of Tack over the residue.
Schools are a testament that few teachers have the luxury of time and care concerning the removal of Blur Tack residue; there are many such little marks all over my school!
Blue Tack can be given to children who find it hard to concentrate or sit without fidgetting at school or at home or on long car journeys to fiddle with and mould. It is like a handy bit of plasticine.
How Efficient is Blue Tack?
I think it does the job very well. Most posters stuck with a decent amount of Blue Tack stay up on the wall for a very long time.
The great thing about it is that it can be reused once picked off the wall and remoulded to reactivate its sticky elasticity.
So, in theory, 1 packet is all you will need for your whole life! However, this is never the case. My Blue Tack, left unpeeled in my bag will emerge like a mini sculpture with fluff, staples, sweeties stuck to it.
Around 65p at Tescos.
Summary: It's sticky and it holds posters up
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