Loading and Starting a Glue GunA glue gun can be a fun and useful tool when doing crafts. Glue guns over time have been referred to as hot glue guns; however, recently glue guns have gained the capability of being used with a cooler temperature as well. This has brought tons of crafters into the market, and has caused a flood of attention to this revolutionary tool. Glue guns can be easy, but how do you exactly find the right stick and load it?
Depending on the size of your gun, you have to find the proper glue stick that fits. If you have a mini glue gun, you would most likely be using a five sixteenths diameter. If you have a large normal size gun, it is around seven sixteenths in diameter. A good way of finding out the right stick is checking the manufacturer’s website or doing a quick search on the internet for your glue stick compatibility. When you have figured it out and bought the correct glue stick, it is now time to allow your glue gun to heat up. Put the glue stick into its according hole. Plug it into the wall and wait for around five to ten minutes for this process.
If you are doing a lot of crafting, you may have to load more glue sticks in real time as you are working. Most of the time the glue stick is viewable outside of the glue gun, so as it gets closer and closer to the end, you can add another stick to the mix. Loading the gun itself is easy but can also cause a huge mess at the same time. One problem is that the glue will drip out of the dispensary end of the glue gun while it’s heating up, so you must put an acrylic or other type of pad to catch the fallen glue. Do not ever allow the glue to fall on any important surface such as a table or your clothing.
When using the glue gun, be careful to avoid glue strings that often form when pulling the gun away from the point of exertion. This can be avoided by pushing lightly against the surface of the joint bond, in order to kind of clean off the tip of the glue gun nozzle. Too many strands of glue strings will make the project look messy, and could cause two points to stick together that was not desired to do so in the first place. Be sure to take your time as you continue to glue, and don’t rush yourself as this will allow you to avoid injury.
Loading and starting up a glue gun isn’t as difficult as it sounds. If you plug it in and allow it to heat up properly, you will have no problem with using it. Safety precautions are needed to be followed carefully, because the temperature of the glue can easily scald your skin. Burns are common among crafter’s fingers that are not careful with their glue guns. Stay safe and use the glue gun to its best extent.