Today we’re talking about the Hot Glue Gun and the basics of arts and crafts’ most versatile adhesive.

You’ve probably done some arts and crafts growing up, and with that, you’ve probably used a lot of glue stick, white school glue, tacky glue, the likes. But sometimes, you had projects where a common glue just can’t get the job done, and that’s when a responsible adult has to whip out the big guns.

Glue guns are a craftsman’s best friend. They work on a multitude of materials such as paper, plastic, wood, and even metal. It’s very inexpensive for what it can do and is the best investment you can make if you’re into crafting. What’s more, it’s incredibly simple to use.

 

If you are not sure which type to buy, here are the types of glue gun to help you decide:

 

Types of Glue Guns

 

While it’s function remains effectively the same throughout different models, there are a few different things to consider when choosing your glue gun. For example, some are battery powered, while most models are plugged into your standard power outlet at home or the workshop.

Plugged in ones tend to be cheaper overall, but battery powered ones can be good to have for certain projects, or if you have an emergency on-the-road toolkit.  

  •  High heat vs low heat: Temperature output is also an important thing to consider. If you’re working heavy duty and want the most effective results,
    high-temperature glue guns will work perfectly on wood and metal. But if you’re working with more delicate materials, or your kid just wants a glue gun of their own, a low-temperature glue gun is a safer choice. Certain models provide dual-temperature options but may cost a bit more.  
  •  Trigger-feed vs Manual-feed: Some glue guns are trigger-feed type, which means pulling the trigger to melt your glue stick also advances the stick into the heater and through the nozzle automatically, while the manual-feed variant will require to coax the stick to move forward with your thumb. Both still function the same way.

Uses of the Hot Glue Gun

A hot glue gun works wonders for crafts, school and DIY projects. It’s also great if you need to quickly repair something at home. It requires little to no maintenance and the bonds from the melted glue sticks will last for quite a long while.

To get you started, here are some ideas: 

  • Repair your broken chairs or reupholster some furniture
  • Decorate a vase with beads or sequins, or whatever material you like
  • Glue some vines or pinecones in your porch or garden for that rustic, outdoor feel
  • Make holiday greeting cards and decorations
  • Add some details to costumes for a grander effect
  • Jazz up your drywall with lights, posters, trinkets, or other eccentric stuff

Some Final Tips

Safety first all the time. The melted glue that flows out, even from a less powerful glue gun, is very, very hot and can cause serious burns. Don’t touch it until it’s cooled. The tip of the glue gun may also have some excess hot glue after using, so always allow it to drip onto a sheet of paper to avoid making a mess. 

 

When it comes to using a hot glue gun, you just have to work smart and work safe, and it will do all the work for you!

 

If you’re looking for high quality and a reliable glue gun, check out Chandler Tool’s collection of glue guns! Comes with a patented stand for maximum versatility, with 3 different wattage to choose from, and available in blue and pink! Order yours today!

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