A Hot Glue Gun

A hot glue gun can deliver adhesive that is stringy and hard to end off. Here's a simple way to reduce that effect

"Man is born broken.
He lives by mending.
The grace of God is glue.
Eugene O'Neill"


Have you ever had this happen? A reader named Buzz asked me how to reduce the stringy, mozzarella cheese-like effect that was happening whenever the tool was in use. I guess you must live in a hot or humid climate, Buzz, because that is what the problem is!

What will help is if you place your hot glue sticks in the freezer for a few minutes before using them. Even though you then place them in the tool and heat them up normally, the freezer helps remove excess moisture from them which assists in reducing the web-like strands. Then use a spiral-like motion to end off your gluing, to help any stringy bits to settle on your project where you want them to be.

Here's another couple of tips:

  • This type of glue is essentially polypropylene and plastic-like. Before it is completely cool, you can add glitter to it. Be careful not to burn yourself though before it is completely cool.

  • Once it has cooled completely, this kind of adhesive can also be painted with acrylic paints.

I trust this information will help solve your stringy hot glue gun problems. And of course if you want to keep finding out about there is more information about other papercraft tools there is plenty more information on papercraftcentral.com.

Have fun!

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