Glossy Accents-how to stop nozzle clogging up?

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Posted 1/19/2013 by Jacqui67 in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 1/19/2013 10:44:01 PM
I am having issues with the nozzle on my Glossy Accents constantly getting blocked up.
I always replace the cap when I'm not using it but find I am always having to unblock it with something "pointy"
Do you all have this problem or am I just using it wrongly (it is my first bottle of the stuff and I love it apart from this problem).


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Posted: 1/19/2013 10:45:53 PM
I actually have that problem all the time I decided to keep a small pin in it. Like a sewing pin with a flat head to it. Then I just close the top like normal.

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Posted: 1/19/2013 10:45:57 PM
I usually store mine upside down and that seems to help with it getting clogged.


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Posted: 1/19/2013 10:48:39 PM
same problem here...I have been keeping a safery pin next to mine just for this purpose!

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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:01:21 PM
Yeah, in + upside down.

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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:03:39 PM
Same problem, I keep a pin nearby.


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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:20:52 PM
Now this sounds like a great idea~!

I actually have that problem all the time I decided to keep a small pin in it. Like a sewing pin with a flat head to it. Then I just close the top like normal.

I keep a foam square nearby with pins stuck in it just for unclogging things, but ScrappingWonders idea sounds even better!

I find also needing to unsticky the pins after a while with Undu...

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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:33:40 PM
Same here. It's part of the beauty of Glossy Accents that it dries so quickly (like 10 seconds) but it's very annoying. I love Glossy Accents! It's my fave! I just stick a pin in mine each time too.


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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:39:33 PM
I loved it too. I glue almost everything with it. But be careful, a friend did let a pin in it and the pin rusted in it...

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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:52:26 PM
I took a workshop with Tim Holtz and he suggested that when we are done using glossy accents, we kind of bang it down hard on the table (the bottom) and the goop falls from the nozzle and it won't clog. Got to say it works for me!


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Posted: 1/20/2013 12:14:14 AM
I use a pin in it as well! Works like a charm

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Posted: 1/20/2013 5:51:56 AM
I have been through many bottles of this stuff and LOVE it. Storing it upside down is a winner for me! Always works. On the occasion it clogs (usually as the bottle get older), I just stick a paperclip down in it to unclog it. I keep that paperclip nearby for that reason. Love it.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 6:32:01 AM
I am going to look for a pin also. I have a very fine gauge wire that I twisted on the bottle neck after replacing the cap and use the end of it to poke in the bottle. Keeping the pin in would eliminate the poking step. Thanks!!

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Posted: 1/20/2013 6:40:30 AM
I saw a video or maybe just a post where it said don't keep a pin in because it can rust and discolour the stuff. She had one of those plastic tags that you would attach a label to new clothes stuck in there. I'm not sure how well the lid would go on I suppose would depend how big the rectangular and bit was but seems like a good idea.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:30:18 AM
Yes, a pin will rust. I had to take the small nozzle insert out and clean out the rust. I found a better pin to put in it, that so far has not rusted. But I will probably change out the pin frequently.



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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:04:26 AM

But be careful, a friend did let a pin in it and the pin rusted in it...
Yep, this has happened to me...the rust altered the color of the Glossy Accents too and ruined the bottle.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:17:06 AM
I leave a straight pin in mine. It keep the nozzle open. Yes, some straight pins are not rust proof, but some are. There is also wire you can purchase that rust proof and you cut it to fit the bottle. Hope this helps.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:28:58 AM
My stuff clogs, too, but it's not glossy accents. It's Liquid Embossing by Plaid/All Night Media. I can't store mine upside down because it will leak out into the cap. I've thought about a pin in the top but haven't tried it yet and I'm not sure if the inside of the cap has a little thingy in it that pokes down into the hole.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:33:23 AM
I store my bottles upside down now and it seems to work.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 12:10:40 PM
Hmmm...wonder if using a stainless steel pin would eliminate the rusting problem?

So far, I just keep mine upside down & keep a pin nearby. Love the stuff; I have a giant bottle that I use to refill the smaller one (more affordable that way if you use it lots).

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Posted: 1/20/2013 2:40:00 PM
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Posted: 1/20/2013 4:18:24 PM
Run the tip under hot water once you've finished with it for the day, works a treat!
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Posted: 1/20/2013 4:28:45 PM
I always tap the bottom on a hard surface to clear the tip, wipe it of with a damp paper towel and put the lid on. I store it upright, so it's usually not clogged when I go to use it again.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 4:45:46 PM
Good tip about just keeping a needle in the nozzle. I'm always digging my nozzle out with a spare needle.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 8:24:38 PM
I have a pin taped to the side of the bottle!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:31:59 PM
I read somewhere that using a cake tester thingy as it's very long and that it helps unclog as it reaches to the bottom...Also if stuff needs to be stirred up a bit (stickles) it also works for that...Got one for Christmas and it seems to do the trick...I can't turn upside as I lost the lid...My pin did rust so that is why I was looking for other far so good...HTH...


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Posted: 1/22/2013 8:22:52 AM
I used to use the needle and sometimes it would clog up anyway.
I now wipe off the nozzle, bang the bottle's base on my work surface to settle the glue, put the cap back on and store it upright. this has worked better for me.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 11:05:57 AM
I've found that if my bottle stays upright I won't have as many clogging issues. I keep a rubber band around the bottle with a Tim Holtz memo pin in it for when my nozzle gets clogged. In the past I have had pin heads break off on me. The memo pin won't break and has a larger end to grip with.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 11:30:09 AM
I poked mine with a pin but the glob just goes right back into the nozzle. 3m Quick Dry glue does the same thing. Grrrrr


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Posted: 1/22/2013 11:33:14 AM
The tip for keeping a pin in it is brilliant! I'm going to do that from now on. I've heard the same tip from Tim Holtz to bang the bottom on your desk when you are finished using it to get the glue out of the tip. When it does clog I just stick a long pin in there to get it out.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 3:54:04 PM
I shake the heck out of mine before closing it up and store it upside down. Never had an issue.

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