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Polishing

August 2022 – Do you want to flawlessly polish your oldtimer? Or finally polish the chrome handles or the stove in the kitchen to a shine, the brass candlestick, or even the cutlery? With PUROL polishing paste, this is an easy job.

PUROL is a universal soft polishing paste for metals. It is used to polish, remove rust, and clean the surfaces of various metals: copper, brass, chrome, zinc, nickel, aluminum, etc. The paste is also suitable for polishing enameled objects and hard plastics. The paste restores polished objects to their original high gloss.

 

Polishing the chrome parts of the oldtimer

PUROL is a polishing paste that can be used on your oldtimer to eliminate discolouration on the exhaust caused by heat, rust, and oxidation. Dusky spots on uncoated metal can be removed with PUROL polishing paste.

 

The chrome and stainless parts on the oldtimer that can be polished with PUROL soft polishing paste are:

  • chrome parts (e.g. chrome mirrors),
  • chrome parts in the interior of the oldtimer,
  • bezels at the headlights,
  • window frames,
  • decorative moldings.

 

Other uses of PUROL soft polishing paste

PUROL is so versatile that it can also be used for many other cleaning purposes.

Stainless steel is a popular choice for sinks, appliances, mixing bowls, metal railings, and more. Its strength, durability, and shine are widely appreciated, but this material needs to be maintained to always look like new.

Don’t forget: PUROL also cleans and polishes other metals such as copper, brass, chrome, zinc, nickel, aluminum, etc. With it, you can effortlessly polish candlesticks, cutlery, pots, cafeterias, kitchen hoods, water kettles, stainless steel surrounds of built-in stoves, wheels, and many other things in your apartment to a high shine.

The paste is not suitable for polishing car paint.

Polishing process

Apply PUROL universal polishing paste to a soft cloth (cotton, cotton wool) and polish the objects by hand to a high gloss. You will achieve a better effect with multiple smaller applications of the polishing paste. We recommend working at room temperature. After finishing polishing, remove the residue and traces of the paste with the help of a clean soft cloth/cotton.

 

Send your question about the versatile use of PUROL soft polishing paste to our experts at kemostik@helios.si.

How do we repair jewelry ourselves?

 July 2022 – Some of you have probably already encountered a situation when the clasp of your favorite piece of jewelry broke off, a large knot was created on the chain, a stone fell off a ring or earrings, and the like. Damaged pieces of jewelry end up in the trash or are kept in some remote drawer for months, if not years before we finally decide to take them in for repair.

Let us comfort you. You do not need experts or jewelers for just about any jewelry repair; Some repairs to rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings can be done yourself. A broken loop from an earring, a dropped stone, a knotted chain, and similar repairs can easily be done at home.

 

A fallen stone

Even jewelry decorated with rhinestones, whether from cheaper cubic zirconia, semi-precious stones or diamonds, can fall apart or become damaged. Most often, a stone falls off, but this does not mean that your jewelry is now destroyed and you have to say goodbye to it… With the help of epoxy glue, you can quickly attach the fallen stone back to the jewelry.

 

To repair jewelry you need:

– Damaged jewelry

– A fallen pebble

– Tweezers

Neostik Epoxy Super 5 epoxy glue

Prepare damaged jewelry for repair. Before applying glue to it, clean it if necessary. If it is a small hole, in which you will attach the stone again, you can use a toothpick or a thin brush to help apply the glue. In this way, you will prevent the glue from spilling over the surface of the jewelry.

Apply Neostik Epoxy Super 5 epoxy glue into the hole, then carefully place the fallen stone into the hole using tweezers. Leave the jewelry for at least 10 minutes to allow the epoxy to dry and create a strong and durable bond. You can also attach other pieces of jewelry that may have fallen off in the same way.

 

An earring clip or hanger fell out of its setting

It is completely usual for earrings to fall apart during use, especially if they are made of modeling mass to which the earring hanger is attached at the back. Otherwise, even pearl earrings are no exception, as usually the pendant is poorly attached.

 

To repair earrings you need:

– An earring

– New earring hanger or clip

Neostik Epoxy Super 5 epoxy glue

You can buy a new earring hanger at any specialty store that sells crafting materials. Repairing earrings on which the pendant has been damaged or has fallen off is easy. All you need besides a new hanger is the right glue.

Neostik Epoxy Super 5 fast curing two-component epoxy adhesive provides a strong and durable bond. The hardened adhesive layer is resistant to water, oil, and many chemicals, including perfumes.

Just be careful when applying; do not apply too much glue, as it will spill over the surface of the earring when attaching the new hanger. If this happens, we advise you to wipe off the excess glue as quickly as possible. Once the glue has dried and the new hanger is properly attached, you can happily wear the earrings again.

How you can use cork in your home in an attractive way

June 2022 – Surely you have already noticed a cork board in some specialized store that sells products for home decoration, creation and the like. At first glance, brown cork boards of different dimensions seem quite boring, but they can still be used in different ways.

Easy wall decoration: cork hexagons

Want to break a boring white wall in an apartment or house in an easy and affordable way? With the help of cork you can make use of and decorate an empty wall space.

 

To make cork hexagons you need:

– Cork boards (the number of these depends on your wishes)

– Stanley knife

– Pencil

– Ruler

Neostik ADHESIVE SEALANT FOR ALL SUBSTRATES

First, draw hexagon on the cork boards with a pencil and ruler. This will determine the desired size. If hexagons are not close to your heart, or you think that they will not look nice in your room, you can of course opt for other geometric shapes. Using a stanley knife, cut out the drawn shapes from the cork boards. The number of cut shapes depends on how many cork boards you want to attach to the wall. You can opt for only a few panels, and for greater effect, glue most of the wall. No matter how many panels you attach to the wall, we can assure you that the transformation of the wall will turn out straight unique, as well as a little unusual. Once you have cut the cork boards, attach them to the wall with Neostik adhesive sealant for all substrates.

 

Jewelry hanging and storage space: hanging cork board

Maybe you are facing the problem of tangled necklaces and bracelets that are quite annoying or even difficult to untangle? With the help of a cork board, you can easily solve this “entanglement” and, best of all, you don’t need many things to make it!

To make a cork board for hanging jewelry pieces, you need:

– Cork board

– Nails

Neostik ADHESIVE SEALANT FOR ALL SUBSTRATES

In a specialty store, choose a cork board that you like. Also consider the number of necklaces or jewelry you want to hang. Then attach the cork board to the wall with Neostik adhesive sealant for all substrates. Once the adhesive sealant has dried, you can use pins to hang your favorite pieces of jewelry. If you do not like the colour of the cork, you can also paint it, or draw a cute motif that will match the room in which the jewelry board will hang. If you have heavier jewelry or want to hang rings as well, you can attach a string to the cork board and hang smaller decorative clips on it. You can buy decorative clips in larger florist shops or creative goods shops. Then attach the selected jewelry to the clips, which will now safely and without complications wait for the moment when you choose to wear it.

 

Stylistic transformation of cork boards

If you already have a classic cork board at home, you can give it a minor stylistic transformation with the help of a fabric to your liking, which will be significantly more attractive to the eye and will express your personal style.

 

To stylishly transform your cork board, you need:

– Classic cork board

– Nice frame (if you have a board without a frame)

– Measuring tape

– Textile material or fabric

– Scissors

– Brush

– Color

Adhesive Neostik UNIVERSAL

Before you go hunting for the right fabric, measure the size of the board to buy a large enough piece of fabric. Thousands of different colours, patterns and motifs are available in fabric stores. You can choose a colour that will go with the furniture in your room, or something more daring; a colourful pattern that will bring energy and colour to the room. Then get to work. You can repaint the frame of the cork board or use one that you like. Cut the fabric to the size of the cork surface. Then apply adhesive Neostik UNIVERSAL on the cork. Use a brush for easier and even application. Then place the fabric carefully on the base. If you have a frameless board, fasten it at the end with adhesive Neostik UNIVERSAL. Along the inner edge of the frame, you can add nets, buttons, coloured ribbons and similar accessories that will enliven the redesigned cork board. Once everything is dry, hang photos, schedules, recipes, motivational thoughts, and other reminders on the board.

 

If you are not the most enthusiastic about this idea, you can opt for an easier approach. Paint the cork or just the individual parts with the shade of your choice. Here again, you can play with different shapes that you can cut out of cork, which you can arrange differently on the wall at the end when the paint dries.

How to make a bed headboard at home?

May 2022 – Did you know that an average person sleeps 26 years of their life? To some of you, this might sound like a dreamy idea, right? What is even more surprising is the fact that you spend a staggering seven years of your life trying to fall asleep. This sound more like a nightmare. A suitable and, most importantly, a high-quality mattress is crucial to your sleep and rest. However, what grabs the most attention in visual terms are the bed frame and headboard.

Bed headboards have in recent years become the focus of attention in bed design and selection. The choice of headboard has become virtually as important as the choice of a high-quality mattress. Recent years have seen a growing popularity of upholstered headboards that offer much greater comfort to the user.

 

Simple solution: wooden headboard

The easiest and fastest way to build your own headboard is from a large piece of wood or a wooden board. This is the simplest and most affordable way to transform your bedroom without investing a great amount of labour and energy.

 

To make a wooden headboard you will need:

  • A large wooden board or OSB board (of preferred dimensions)
  • Wooden slats (their width should match the bed frame width)
  • Sandpaper
  • A power drill with the required bits
  • Screws

 

To construct your own wooden headboard, first select a large wooden board. Its size depends on your preferences. If you like the latest trend, it can be wider than the bed frame, or you could go simply for the same width as the bed. Alternatively, you could get some long wooden slats and place them side by side to make a rectangle or even arrange them out of line. You can do this by sliding one to the left, the next one to the right, and repeat all the way to the top of the headboard. Another material you can use is an OSB board, which is easy to fix to the wall above the head of the bed.

If necessary, sand the wooden board or slats with sandpaper to remove any splinters and give it as a smooth finish. Next, decide which side of the board will be the front and screw the wooden slats onto the back of the board using a drill. The slats are there to help you mount the headboard to the bed frame and, if so preferred, to the wall by the bed frame. The two side slats should be longer than the rest; they will be screwed to the bed frame. Now apply Neostik FIX & SEAL FOR ALL SURFACES to the parts of the slats placed directly on the headboard and parallel to the wall. Neostik sealant will ensure better adhesion of the headboard to the bed frame and its stability.

 

Headboard made of scrap pallets

The versatile use or rather re-use of old scrap pallets in furniture making has been an exciting trend in the last few years. Old, reclaimed pallets are getting a second lease on life, a new chance to function in homes as club tables, dining room benches, bookcases, balcony planters, colourful outdoor furniture for the garden and the list goes on. Here is how you can use scrap pallets to make a new headboard for your bed.

To construct a wooden headboard from scrap pallets you will need:

When reclaiming scrap pallets, you should first determine whether they are in good enough condition to serve as a headboard. The pallets should be firm enough and, above all, dry. It is just as important to check the wood for any parasites. If you were able to find pallets in good condition, you can go ahead with the construction. Scrap pallets first need to be sanded down to remove any protruding fragments that could snag or prick you while resting or making the headboard. Once the pallets are cleaned up, you can screw them to the bed frame with a power drill. Finally, apply some Neostik FIX & SEAL FOR ALL SURFACES to the backside of the pallets for greater stability as the reclaimed pallet headboard is positioned against the wall.

 

Upholstered headboard

Upholstered headboards have an extremely stylish and timeless look, and their comfortable appearance is very inviting. However, if photos of upholstered headboards first make you think of expensive price tags, rest assured you are no exception. Often, upholstered headboards and bed frames are not in the low-price range.  Nevertheless, don’t give up your dream about a plush headboard just yet because there is a simple way to make one by yourself at home without having to dig deep into your pocket. You might be surprised how simple it is to construct.

To make an upholstered headboard, you will need:

  • Wooden slats (their width should match the bed frame)
  • Plywood panel (matching the width and length of the slats)
  • Fabric (material, colour and design of preference)
  • Circular or bench saw
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • A power drill with the required bits
  • Screws
  • Foam
  • Upholstering buttons
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Neostik FIX & SEAL FOR ALL SURFACES
  • Adhesive spray Neostik SPRAY PROFI UNIVERSAL (to stick the foam to the plywood panel)

 

Before you start making an upholstered headboard, you should measure the bed frame and decide how big you want your headboard to be. You can make the headboard wider than the bed frame or just as wide as the frame, whichever you prefer. The choice depends on the look you are aiming for. Use a measuring tape and note down the measurements to make sure you purchase the right sized plywood and slats. This will also allow you to estimate the amount of fabric or textile needed to make the upholstery that will be attached to the plywood base panel. The choice of material that will cover the headboard is entirely up to you. Shops with fabric by the meter usually offer a vast array of textiles, colours, materials and patterns. The choice of colour and pattern is certainly important as they can serve to bring a new vibe and life to your bedroom. If your aim is a bed that is soothing to the eye, we would suggest selecting gentle colour tones such as pale blue, tender green, pastel pink, beige, off-white, or light grey. On the other hand, if you want to liven up the room, you may go for bolder tones such as yellow, orange or red.

 

Once you have all the tools and materials ready, it is time to get down to work. If you couldn’t purchase a plywood panel or base in the right size, you will first have to use a saw to cut it to the desired size of your headboard. Next, screw the wooden slats to the back of the plywood panel using a drill. The slats should be as wide and long as the panel so that they can be properly mounted to the wall above the bed frame.

Apply the adhesive spray Neostik SPRAY PROFI UNIVERSAL to the front surface of the plywood panel. Then affix the foam to the adhesive, and if the foam is larger than the panel cut off the excess material with scissors. For greater comfort, you can repeat the process by applying another coat of adhesive spray and sticking another layer of foam on top.

Before covering the foam with fabric or textile it should first be ironed to avoid any creases. Then place the fabric, which will serve as a cover for the upholstered headboard, on top of the foam on the wooden base. Next, turn the headboard face down so that the covering is at the bottom. Now you can cut the edges of the cover if it is too large but be careful to leave the sides at least a few centimeters longer than the foam as this will allow you to attach the cover to the back of the base where the wooden slats are.

 

Before stapling the textile cover to the wooden slats make sure that it is stretched enough to prevent any loose pockets that will sag. Using a staple gun, attach the cover to the wooden slats along the width and length.

If you wish to embellish the headboard by adding buttons, first think about how you are going to arrange them. Take a pencil and mark the spots on the back side of the panel where you want the buttons. To ensure the buttons are evenly arranged, use a measuring tape. Next, drill small holes through the back side of the panel, only deep enough to drill through the plywood but not the foam, because you don’t want to damage it.

With all the holes drilled, take some thick thread or thin wire to sow the upholstery buttons to the front side of the headboard. Thread a needle with the thread or wire along with the button and push it through the surface of the fabric and foam. Repeat a few times until the button is firmly sown onto the headboard. When you feel that the button is firmly attached to the upholstered headboard, pull the needle through the hole at the back of the plywood base and secure the thread or wire to make sure it stays in place. This will keep the button in front from falling off. You can secure the thread or wire by stapling it to the base with a staple gun.

Now that you are all set up, move on to the last step of affixing the upholstered headboard onto the wall at the head of the bed. Apply Neostik FIX & SEAL FOR ALL SURFACES to the wooden slats at the back of the headboard and stick the wooden base to the wall.

 

 

How to fix a hole in the door?

April 2022 – Most average doors in a house or apartment are quite light and even fragile compared to doors with a more massive core. The former have, for the most part, hollow cores that can be damaged very quickly in a moment of carelessness.

They say misfortune never rests. It does not need to take much to unintentionally cause the damage and damage furniture or worse, ourselves. As we mentioned in the introduction, most indoor doors in our apartments or houses are made of light, non-massive materials. Light, non-massive and even hollow doors can be quickly damaged or punctured, for example, when moving furniture from one room to another, when renovating or doing other household chores.

 

Damage to the door is not pleasant look and we usually can not wait long to repair or even buy a new door. If the damage to the door is not too great and we do not need to buy new ones, we can also repair the door ourselves with the help of appropriate tools and means to fill the hole in the door (such as PUR foam).

The best way to repair a damaged door is by filling a hole in the door. This will prevent the door from cracking. The filler will prevent this because it hardens immediately after application. The repair process is quite simple and does not require excessive prior knowledge or skills. This type of repair procedure is similar to repairing holes in a (dry) wall or in other materials.

To repair a hole in the door you need:

Neostik PUR foam UNIVERZAL
– Safety gloves
– Multi-purpose knife
– Sanding paper or orbital sander
– Cleaning cloth
– Putty knife
Neostik epoxy putty EPOXY KIT
– Coating for wooden surfaces
– Brush

 

Door repairs can be undertaken without removing the doors from the hinges. However, the repair will be much easier and more accurate if you remove the door anyway and sand it before repairing it and clean the surface with a cloth. Once the surface is cleaned and ready, you can start repairing or filling the hole in the door.

To fill the hole in the door, you will need Neostik PUR foam Univerzal, which allows many applications in construction and electrical installations, in the filling of pipes and other materials. Special formulation provides good adhesion to many coatings. Neostik Pur foam Universal is made from high quality raw materials and additives that provide optimal sound and heat insulation. If you are dealing with PUR foam for the first time, let us remind you that it tends to cling to materials such as textiles, wood and the like. PUR foam is quite difficult to remove, so be as precise and careful as possible when applying it.

 

We recommend the use of protective gloves when applying PUR foam. Apply PUR foam to the damaged surface or spray it into the hole. PUR foam expands after application and fills the gap inside the door. Once the PUR foam hardens, simply cut it along the surface of the door where some unwanted residue may have remained. Then apply a filler to the filled surface to smooth the surface of the door. This will make the door surface resistant to additional damage and possible cracks that could occur if the door is not repaired.

For this work we recommend the use of epoxy kneading compound Neostik epoxy putty EPOXY KIT, which is used for gluing, repairing and sealing cracks and pipes, quick repairs of pipelines, radiators, tanks, underwater repairs (aquariums, swimming pools), anchoring screws and the like. The epoxy can be sanded after it dries. The surface thus becomes flat and smooth and blends in with the rest of the door surface.

 

Remove excess epoxy with a suitable knife. You must be careful and try to smooth the surface along the edges. If necessary, you can sand the surface lightly at the end, so that it is not uneven.

 

To make the repair really flawless, you can also apply a wood coating finish to the repaired door, which will nicely fill in the last small visible imperfections and make the damage completely invisible.

3 IDEAS FOR AN EASTER WREATH

March 2022 – The Easter holidays are just around the corner and the smell of freshly baked goodies will soon be wafting out from homes. A marvellous Easter tradition, in addition to painting eggs and baking ‘potica’ (a sweet yeasted bread), is making an Easter wreath.

Easter is a colourful holiday, characterised by pastel colours, blossoming flowers, colourful Easter cakes and traditional delicacies, such as traditional walnut ‘potica’ and Easter ham. This spring, decorate your home in the Easter spirit and make your own Easter wreath, to hang on the door or place on a table rich with Easter goodies.

A colourful Easter wreath

Celebrate Easter with a colourful Easter wreath decorated with colourful Easter eggs.

 

You will need:

Use a bare wreath, without ornaments, as the base. It can be intertwined with different branches or straw. In addition to the basic wreath, the DIY shop should supply white plastic eggs. The chosen paints for decorating and colouring the Easter eggs should correspond to the material of the eggs.  This will avoid the paint sticking to the surface. You can also choose to decorate with crepe paper, colourful tissues, glitter, etc. If you decide to use this type of material, you will also need a suitable adhesive to stick it to the surface. We recommend Neostik UNIVERSAL TRANSPARENT adhesive.

 

Before continuing to decorate your colourful Easter wreath, ensure the painted and decorated eggs have completely dried. This will avoid damaging or smearing the applied paint before attaching the eggs to the wreath. Once the paint or glued material has dried, the colourful eggs can be attached to the wreath using Neostik UNIVERSAL TRANSPARENT adhesive.

An Easter wreath from natural materials

It is also possible to use natural materials for a more sustainable wreath.

 

You will need:

 

Gather twigs for the base of the wreath from a nearby forest. Ensure the branches are pliable enough to round them into a wreath. For additional decoration and a more natural look, pick up some moss or spruce twigs. This will also add some colour. Once you have woven the wreath from the twigs, use Neostik UNIVERSAL TRANSPARENT adhesive to stick the dried moss.

 

Then stick the wooden eggs onto the wreath in the arrangement of your choice. Once the glue has dried, you can add a bow to the wreath made from the string. It will look particularly elegant at the bottom or top of your wreath. And at the end, you can add a spring flower to the wreath for a splash of colour.

 

An Easter wreath with an Easter bunny

Make a very special Easter wreath to welcome the spring and upcoming holidays.

 

You will need:

Wrap the entire surface of the round plastic or styrofoam wreath base with string or ribbon, gluing it to the base using Neostik UNIVERSAL TRANSPARENT adhesive. Once the glue has dried, you can start decorating the Easter wreath. First, decide how you will arrange the decorative elements, then start gluing them to the surface of the wreath. You will need Neostik UNIVERSAL TRANSPARENT adhesive to attach decorations such as eggs, flowers and the Easter bunny. You can complete the design with a colourful ribbon at the top of the Easter wreath, which will provide a lovely frame the overall look.

3 ideas for making greeting cards for Women’s Day and Mother’s Day

February 2022 – Two important days are coming up; Women’s Day and Mother’s Day. This year, you can surprise your better half, mum, or grandma with a greeting card that you make yourself or with the kids. There is nothing more beautiful than a handmade gift or greeting card that demonstrates your time, effort, and love, and is also a chance to show your artistic flair!

Making a greeting card can be quick and easy. In fact, making greeting cards for Women’s Day or Mother’s Day can be fun and relaxing. You can choose from different types of paper, fabrics, adhesives, coloured pens, and many other materials… You will have lots of suitable options at home.

A bouquet of flowers

This thoughtful but simple greeting card is very easy to make. It’s a lovely opportunity to gift flowers that won’t wilt.

 

You will need:

 

Use the thick paper to form the base of your greeting card. We recommend choosing sketching paper, which you can fold and then write a message on the inside. Cut flowers out of the coloured paper or collage. You can also use plain white paper if you don’t have any coloured paper. Then paint the flowers using coloured pens or pencils. Use the universal adhesive Neostik UNIVERSAL TRANSPARENT to stick the flowers onto the cover of your greeting card. For a 3D effect, use coloured buttons instead of a collage.

 

A 3D heart

Show your better half that you always carry them in your heart. Hearts feature heavily on greeting cards made by children for their mothers. Now we will demonstrate how to make an interesting greeting card with a 3D heart.

You will need:

 

As with the first idea, begin by using thick paper to form the base of your greeting card. We recommend choosing sketching paper. Fold it so that you can write a lovely message on the inside. You can also play around with the shape of this greeting card, as the base itself can be cut in the shape of a heart. This will make your greeting card look really special. Then draw any number of hearts of different sizes on the coloured paper with a pencil. They can be the same or different colours. Cut out the hearts and then fold them in half. Apply Neostik UNIVERSAL TRANSPARENT adhesive to the back of each folded heart (on the outside). Then glue the hearts to the base of the greeting card, going from the largest to the smallest.

 

Adding pasta 

Why not use pasta in this creative challenge to change things up?

 

You will need:

Again, begin by using thick paper to form the base of your greeting card. We recommend choosing sketching paper. One option is to fold it so that you can write a lovely message on the inside. Another option is to leave it unfolded and write your message on the back first, and then create your design on the front. Choose the pasta shape needed for your chosen design. Farfalle – or butterfly pasta – can form a frame for your card, or you can draw flowers to accompany the butterflies. You can add their antennae with a black pen. You can also use felt-tip pens to colour plain pasta. Or you can buy coloured butterfly pasta, which is available in most supermarkets.

How to decorate a blank wall: 5 ideas to make your walls look beautiful

January 2022 – Most people prefer a white wall for their home, as this light and airy look matches almost any style of interior design. Sometimes though, white can make walls look too simple and even cold. Luckily, there is no need to repaint the whole room to create a different feel.

Wall decorations can do the job. Whether you hang an oversized artwork, a large mirror, or a few floating shelves, adding eye-catching elements to a blank wall will make your home more beautiful, warmer, and friendlier. It is also a great opportunity to add colour, texture, and personality to a space.

 

You might be a world traveler looking to create a gallery with photos from your travels. Or perhaps your eclectic wall hangings communicate your creative side. The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to renovating a space. Here are just five elegant ways to decorate a blank wall.

Wallpaper with a brick wall motif

Why not add bricks to a wall in your living room or study to replicate an old attic or home? This brick wall will not require breaking plaster or making a mess. Putting up wallpaper is straightforward, as well as affordable, an added bonus! If you’re not a fan of red brick, don’t worry. Grey, black, and brown brick wallpapers are also available.

 

Bohemian handwoven baskets or trays

Fans of the bohemian style will be thrilled by this inspired way to decorate a blank wall. You can find wicker baskets in furniture and home decoration stores, at a flea market, and at a dry goods store. Wicker baskets and trays are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colours. Selected handwoven baskets can be glued to the wall using Neostik FIX & SEAL FOR ALL SURFACES. Hold the object against the wall for a while to ensure proper adhesion. Use mounting adhesive Neostik FIX EXPRESS to attach heavier objects.

 

A map of the world

Travel enthusiasts can decorate a blank wall with a map of the world, where you can mark the countries and places you have visited.

 

3D decorative wall elements made of styrofoam

To brighten up a wall surface, you can also apply 3D decorative wall elements made of styrofoam to part of the wall or to the entire surface, using mounting adhesive Neostik FIX FOR STYROPOR .

 

A black and white picture gallery

Hang your favourite black and white paintings or photos on a large white wall to create the illusion of an enormous piece of art, and provide a beautiful view onto what was an empty wall.

HELIOS’s update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The authorities in Europe are again adopting stricter measures to secure health, safety and welfare of the citizens as the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak deteriorates. In line with that also at HELIOS we are further intensifying our organizational response.

All KANSAI HELIOS production sites are operating continuously without any disruptions. While ensuring uninterrupted workflow, health and safety of our employees and stakeholders remains our primary concern.

In order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 as best as we can, we continue to follow the defined guidelines and measures to maintain appropriate hygiene standards in offices, common areas and production facilities.

  • We continue with partial work from home, where possible.
  • Majority of business trips, meetings, trainings, educational activities, and events are still carried out via virtual communication platforms.
  • We announce guidelines and measures for all visitors, external contractors and suppliers visiting one of our KANSAI HELIOS locations.

We strive to maintain good communication with all stakeholders, ensure timely delivery and efficiency of business operations.

HELIOS's update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

All HELIOS production sites are running continuously without any disruptions, despite many of our employees now working from home. While ensuring uninterrupted flow of our operations, health and safety of our employees and other stakeholders remain our primary concern.

In accordance with government ordinances in Slovenia and Austria, our retail stores for private customers are closed as of this week onwards. This applies to Mavrica shops in Slovenia and Fritze Lacke shops in Austria. All customers who are due to this exceptional situation unable to access our stores in Slovenia, are kindly invited to make their purchase in our online store.

HELIOS's update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

All HELIOS production sites are based in Europe and are continuously running without any disruptions. In addition, HELIOS also maintains a strong position in terms of inventories and strongly developed network of multiple sources. We are also in close communication with our suppliers in order to assess possible risks in their supply chains.

While ensuring uninterrupted flow of our operations, health and safety of our employees and other stakeholders is being our primary concern:

  • We have implemented variety of measures and guidelines at our workplaces to maintain appropriate hygiene standards in offices, common areas and production facilities.
  • With the aim of reducing physical contact, we have already enabled our employees to work from home, where possible.
  • Majority of non-urgent business trips, meetings, trainings, educational activities, and events were postponed or replaced by different virtual means of communication.
  • We have prepared additional guidelines and measures for all the visitors, external contractors and truck drivers visiting HELIOS locations. For truck drivers we arranged dedicated areas as well.

We hope that above mentioned measures will cause least possible disturbance on our communication, delivery, and efficiency of business operations.

We are available for you through our standard contacts within HELIOS companies. You can reach us via emails, mobile phones, and other alternative means of virtual communication, such as teleconferences, Skype calls or MS Teams meetings.

We believe that together we will overcome the difficulties and build even stronger foundation for the time when the situation will return to normal.

Styrofoam Christmas ornaments

December 2021 – The festive season is here! If you haven’t yet decorated your home and Christmas tree, we have an idea that is both easy and cheap – making your own Styrofoam Christmas ornaments.

Styrofoam is a lightweight artificial foam that is mainly used for sound and heat insulation, but its use has spread to design too. Styrofoam Christmas decorations are a great alternative, as they are more durable and will not break if they fall from your Christmas tree. The light material means they won’t cause the branches to sag.

Your little and loved ones can join you in making Styrofoam Christmas ornaments as a family activity. Each member will bring their own unique creative flair for a diverse collection of ornaments that cannot be bought anywhere.

 

You can choose from many fabrics for your Christmas ornaments, (coloured) glues, sequins, paints, buttons, foils, cotton wool, string, and more. With a touch of inspiration and artistic flair, you will create beautiful Styrofoam Christmas ornaments.

You will need:

  • Styrofoam (the shape depends on your preferences)
  • Decorating materials (you can choose from buttons of any size and colour, paper, sequins, cotton wool, napkins, coloured paper, ribbons, fabrics, etc)
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Hook
  • Brushes
  • Paints (acrylic paints, tempera or felt-tip pens) or paint spray
  • Neostik AQUA BOND EXPRESS

 

Neostik AQUA BOND EXPRESS is an adhesive specifically designed for products that are exposed to high humidity or cold water.Compared to other types of white adhesives, Neostik AQUA BOND EXPRESS adhesive binds faster and is particularly suitable for gluing Styrofoam elements together.

 

Styrofoam is soft and smooth, and can easily be painted and decorated. You can use Styrofoam that comes in different shapes for your Christmas ornaments. In an arts and crafts shop, you will find Styrofoam in shapes including balls, snowflakes, stars, pyramids, dolls, gifts, cones, wreaths, cubes and animals. Different shapes of Styrofoam allow you to make differently shaped ornaments. A Styrofoam ball serve as a great base for making classic Christmas ornaments and winter motifs, such as a snowman or Santa Claus. With whichever Styrofoam shape you choose, you can let your imagination run wild and create your own unique decoration. The Styrofoam shapes can be glued together with the help of Neostik AQUA BOND EXPRESS adhesive. If combining several pieces of Styrofoam, glue them together first, and then decorate the surface.

Styrofoam ornaments usually come in a variety of colours. If you can’t find your preferred colour, classic white is the perfect base for creating your unique Christmas ornaments. Before doing more decorating, decide where the top of your ornament is so that you can finish by adding a hanging hook.

 

Start by painting the Styrofoam. You can use acrylic paints, tempera, thicker felt-tip pens, or graffiti spray. Wait for the paint to dry before proceeding with decorating the Styrofoam. Once the paint is dry, you can apply additional materials for the final decoration, such as glitter, ribbons, various fabrics (e.g. for bows), cotton wool, hairy wires, rhinestones, napkins, tassels, paper cut-outs and any other decorative elements of your choice. Brighten up your Styrofoam ornaments by gluing your decorative elements using the transparent adhesive Neostik AQUA BOND EXPRESS.

Finish by making a hole in the top of your ornament to insert the hook for hanging it on your Christmas tree. Thread a piece of string through the hook to hang it.