Have you ever had strings of glue mess up your project, your desk, and even you? (Ouch!) A reader named Buzz asked me how to reduce the stringy, mozzarella cheese-like effect that was happening whenever his hot glue tool was in use. I guess you must live in a hot or humid climate, Buzz, because that is what the problem is!
Ever noticed how you can dry things out int he freezer, like fresh herbs? Use that principle to solve the string problem! 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 the cold sticks in the tool and heat them up normally, the freezer helps remove excess moisture from them which assists in reducing the web-like strands once everything is heated up. I guess the moisture cannot escape once the medium is hot.
What about those annoying strings that happen while you are actually using the hot glue? I can help you there, too! Don't try to break the strand by pulling the tool away from your project in a straight line. Instead, 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.
If you still get fine strings on your finished project, allow them to cool completely. You can then pluck them off with your fingers or tweezers, and even trim them away with some paper snips.
I trust this information will help solve your stringy hot glue gun problems.
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