A Girl And Her Glue Gun

See the CREATIVE HITS of 2011 and Best of 2012 for projects where I used this indispensable tool!

It's probably my Number One tool: The Hot Glue Gun.
With all the projects and tutorials I've written here, I thought I'd mention this indispensable tool! Mine is a mini --super easy to handle and maneuver with my small hands. You plug it in, wait a few seconds, load it with a solid glue stick, and when you pull the trigger, out flows a lovely bead of glue that bonds like crazy and dries in seconds!

It was incredibly cheep {a couple of bucks}, and so are the glue sticks. Especially when you get them on sale. What's not to LOVE about this cool {hot} tool?

Gluing the petals from Tinfoil ROSE Tutorial!

Oh yah, the burns. I use a low-heat glue gun. That's all I've ever needed, and the safety factor is higher: you get to keep your fingerprints! Don't' get me wrong, it will still burn you. They melt glue at around 250 degrees, after all. But high heat hot glue guns are significantly hotter.

Tinfoil Rickrack Tutorial - Snowflakes adorn CARDS and PACKAGES

The glue has great staying power, bonds pretty immediately, and cools to the touch fairly quickly. They've got glitter glue sticks and all kinds of fancy things out now. I haven't used those. But I use my regular glue sticks on just about everything: fabric, metal, paper, cardboard, aluminum foil, etc.!

On Pins & Needles: pincushion with magnetized can

CAUTIONS: Do NOT touch the nozzle - that sucker gets hot! Do not touch freshly applied glue: it's hot, too. Do not leave unattended. Do not allow children to use. Final point: the gun will drip just a little even when you're not pulling the trigger. You may want to put something under it to catch any drips. I use an old small plate {you may have seen it in tutorial photos}.

Q: What's one of YOUR favorite tools?

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Sharing this cool tool at: Monday:  CraftomaniacMaking The World CuterMarvelously MessyProject QueenThe Girl CreativeThe Gunny SackAlderberry HillTuesday:  Sew CraftyTip JunkieToday's Creative Blog,UncommonOopsey DaisyGingersnap CraftsWednesday:  Blue Cricket DesignIt's OverflowingNest of PosiesSavvy Southern StyleSomeday Crafts, The Trendy TreehouseVery Merry Vintage StyleWhat We Wore & MadeThursday:  Shabby NestThe Artsy Girl ConnectionFriday:  Finding FabulousMy Simple Home LifeRomantic HomeTatertots and JelloThe Shady PorchThirty Handmade DaysFaith Trust & Pixie DustSaturday:  Be Different Act NormalFunky Junk InteriorsFrench Country CottageI Can't Stop CraftingSew Country ChickSunday: Nifty Thrifty ThingsUnder The Table and Dreaming,My 1929 Charmer
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