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Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan
Ever wondered how to heat gun? I wrote some tips and a tutorial for you below.
"It's no delay to stop to edge the tool"
Have you been a little intimidated about using a heat gun? Let me help you understand a little more about this useful tool and maybe you will want to add one of them to your craft supplies or break it out a little more often if you already own one.
Heat guns (or Heat Tools) are pretty much essential tools for papercrafters.
They are slim tools that are built with the safety features of a hair dryer, having a safe plastic body to hang on to and a nozzle for directing the super hot air.
They remind me of the shape of an electric drill tool or a straight hair dryer.
Incidentally, you can buy a Heat Tool from me if you live in Australia by going to SusanSalutations. It is listed as being a heat tool on the site.
Basically, if you can use a hair dryer then you can use one of these craft tools.
The temperature generated by the tool is higher than that of a hair dryer though so please don't try drying off the family dog with it after you have bathed him or accidentally directing it at someone's face or eyes.
And do keep it out of the reach of young children or supervise older children while using it.
Having a nice, hot, dry stream of air to focus on your papercraft projects can be extremely useful at times.
The most common way to use a heat gun is probably for heat embossing. This technique is one of my favourites, as I am sure you have discovered from browsing this site.
It's pretty simple:
You're done! Now you know how to heat gun!
If you heat emboss, you'll need a heat tool. It melts embossing powder and helps wet ink to dry more quickly. The Stampin' Up! Heat Tool is slim, sleek, quiet, and easy to hold.
* It has 2 heat settings: low for drying ink, high for heat-setting powder
* It also has a protective plastic tip to cover the hot metal end, so it is safer. You will have less chance of being burnt by it or of overheating any surface you lay it down on.
TIP: You may be tempted to try using your paint stripping gun instead of a heat gun, but unless you are very, very careful, a paint stripping tool can be dangerous with paper. The Stampin' Up! Heat Tool is specifically made for use with papercrafting projects. I recommend you using this specific tool instead.
PS: You can buy one from me in Australia if you need to add one to your craft stash.
Be sure to check out the other papercraft tools I review for you.