Short lengths of bamboo barbeque skewer are cheap and have many uses for craftspeople. We have some notes on obtaining them and their preparation. Here we illustrate some of the uses we have found for them. Please contribute your suggestions!
Bits of dried and hardening glue residue have been removed. There is usually build-up in difficult to reach places. A steel needle point will scratch the plastic surface and give future residues a better grip on unwanted surfaces. Poking around with a matchstick or the tougher bamboo stick is the best way I have found, but more ideas welcome!
A sharp and thin point needs to be tough to remove glue stuck deep inside the cap. It has to be removed if the cap is to remain a secure closure. This is one occasion where the softer wood of a matchstick might be advantageous. The point will wear down and become a stiff brush ~ stiff enough to remove the glue ~ not hard enough to scratch the plastic. A bamboo point might not wear so easily