How to Use a Glue Gun

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    Like its close cousin, duct tape, the glue gun's versatility makes it an essential implement for any household. It adheres to most items quickly and securely with little mess, odor or effort. It can be used on a variety of crafts or as a household quick fix. It's also great for holding items in place while waiting for stronger forms of glue to dry.

    Things You'll Need

    • Glue gun
    • Glue stick

    Plug the glue gun into an electrical outlet. Make sure it is placed in a safe place, away from flammable items. As the glue gun heats up, a little bit of glue might drip from the end so you won't want to leave it on a wood table, carpet, or other surface that may be damaged by dripping glue.

    Insert a glue stick into the round chamber at the back of the glue gun. If the glue gun already has a glue stick in the chamber, keep a second one in reserve nearby.

    Gather the materials you want to glue together. Hot glue works exceptionally well on thick fabrics, dried flowers, Styrofoam, wood and plastics. Since it leaves a thicker residue, it is not the best choice for thin papers, fabrics and ceramics.

    Check to see if the glue in the gun has melted by squeezing the trigger slightly and touching the tip to a test piece of paper or cloth. If the glue comes out easily, the glue gun has heated up fully. If the trigger is hard to pull, wait a minute more for the gun to heat more completely.

    Pick up the glue gun and squeeze the trigger slightly while you draw a thin line on one side of the item to be glued.

    Immediately place the other object to be glued on the glue line, pressing firmly.

    Hold the two pieces together for about 15 seconds. Test to see if the item still holds when you remove one hand.

    Let the item set for a few minutes in order to "cure." Once the glue has dried fully, use a fingernail to scrape away any of the excess glue.

    • Put the finished item in the freezer for a few moments. The stray strings of hot glue will freeze and become brittle and can then just be brushed off.
    • Do not touch the hot glue or the area of contact (such as on fabrics). You can sustain deep burns through felt or fabrics.