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Glue gun opinion

(Grimm Exhibition) #1

I bought a glue gun years ago, switched it on, hadn’t got the patience for it to heat up properly, tried it, thought “That’s rubbish” and chucked it in a draw.
Now Im thinking I should have more patience and use it.
But is it as good as ive heard. What does it stick?

Somebody suggested making my own glittered cabochons so I used the heated glue to make blobs on a plastic box(thinking they would peel off) and glitter them. I tried to get them of the box and they are stuck. Im sure they will come off with some brute force but can it really b that good.
Im thinking I need to stick glass together, has anybody tried this and does it hold?

(Marg) #2

I’ve watched you tube videos from USA and they use a glue gun for all sorts of things, sticking fabric etc. So from your trial it does seem to stick things. I’ve got one and only tried it once, but I don’t think I waited long enough, patience is a virtue they say.

(Sasha Garrett) #3

I’ve used glue guns for sticking plastics, fabrics and card. You do need to be patient and let them warm up, they can also be a bit ‘stringy’ (you know when they don’t cleanly blob the glue and you get the spider web ends). Never tried glass - normally gone for a uv curing super glue when I’ve had to do that as it has the same (or at least very similar) refractive index and won’t discolour with age (apparently).
To make glittered cabochons you could mix glitter into epoxy resin and then drop it onto a surface (it peels off silicone banking sheets), if you leave it to cure for a short while (15-30 mins I think) it will form a higher dome on the cab as it is more viscous.

(Roz) #4

I’ve used my glue gun for all sorts but it does take a while to get used to. Also mine is a very cheap one and it spews out more glue just at rest than when I’m using it! As a consequence I always put a piece of aluminium under it when its on but not being used to catch the excess glue and I am able to peel it off reasonably easily so it might be worth trying something metal, (or possibly glass) if you want removable mounds.

(Oh Button Me) #5

Interested in this thread and the answers I have one. Everytime I use it it never seems to impress me may just be me being impatient not really sure.

(Sue Beacham) #6

I love my glue gun, its great, I wouldn’t be with out it, its so useful, if you look at my folksy page, my ribbon rose brooches, I’ve used the glue gun to attached my brooch pins. Glue Guns are so useful for many crafts.

(Quillextra) #7

I use a Glue Gun for sticking centres into paper flowers. You can’t press hard so hot glue is good. Best to buy electric rather than battery.

(Roz) #8

Just as an aside - did you glue gun users know that if you keep your glue sticks in the freezer they are less likely to be stringy!