for anyone with old scars from hot glue!
Hot glue has been around now for years. Many of these tips are a bit different than expected.
Hot Glue Gun Tips
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Keep reading! My tip for this is below.
1. Protect your work surface, dining room table, the dresser you just refinished, or in my case above my work tray with old boards. I’m using a glass candle holder above. I also use a metal tray and a piece of rubber pad to protect the area.
2. Make sure the hot glue is ready to flow. This is hard for me because I get anxious to get going on projects. Pushing the trigger hard to get the glue out just doesn’t work. Make sure the glue is very liquid and hot. Use enough pressure to get a firm connection and don’t move or test the connection until the glue is cool. This will help in keeping a good glue spot.
3. Make sure you are using the right setting on your glue gun. The ugly very well used blue glue gun is the first glue gun I bought and still grab it first. But it has only one setting…
The other glue gun is my latest and it has two settings, wow! Now I’m not melting fragile greens! Who knew! This one I just learned.
4. Trying to hot glue wood but it’s not working??? Did you know there are hot glue sticks for wood? I order mine from Amazon. They work great.
5. Keep a glass of ice water handy if you do burn your fingers. Better yet…try the tip from a reader below.
then do the hookey pookie!
If you’re lucky the quick motion snaps the hot string.
7. Or if you’re like me and not good at the hookie pookie and you get strings, just make sure to remove them when finished with your project and the strings are cool. I have tried using a hot blow dryer when the project is done and that does make glue strings disappear.
I learned to use a rubber spatula to press into the hot glue. You can press hard. The hot glue doesn’t stick to the rubber spatula if any does it comes right off easily and your fingers don’t get burned!!!
Did you know there are hot glue pots? This one is my new best friend. It melts little pelts of hot glue or add regular glue sticks to the holder to melt. Why do I like using it? You dip the item into the glue melted and you have two hands to decorate with. No holding the gun.
Did I leave any tips out that you’ve learned?
Let me know in comments below.
Here’s to healing fingers. 😀
Tips from Readers
I decided to add tips received from lovely readers in the comments below. Thank you, and please if we have missed any hot glue gun tips, no matter how strange, let me know in comments.
Use toothpaste, regular paste not the gel, for burns. I’ve tried it and it works on a burn from a hot cast iron skillet. Didn’t help the itching a week later!
Use chapstick type product on burns. I haven’t tried this one yet. I’m using the rubble spatula and not been burned…except for the skillet above! Now I’m using two spatulas when I want to pinch the glue between fingers.
Using petroleum jelly product on the tip of the glue gun and no glue strings. I haven’t tried it. Will let you know when I do.
Cut the glue strings with nail clippers or small scissors. I have been using small scissors and it works great.
Use a hair dryer on hot over the project to remove glue strings. This works! I finally tried it. A few “larger” glue strings need to be cut away, but I think that shows my messiness of hot gluing!
I have found silicone finger protectors and love them! I do still use the silicone rubber spatula too.
Click here to see my most popular project held together with hot glue!