Gluing Trick for Odd Shaped Things

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The great thing about hot glue is that is dries or “sets” in a couple of seconds. As far as I know It’s the only glue that does this. So let’s say you need to glue one thing to another, and those two things are irregularly shaped. If you use glue that takes a half hour or a day to set, it can be really hard to find a way to hold those two things together while they dry. Clamps or gravity won’t always work depending on the objects you’re gluing. Hot glue will hold these two things together no problem. But unfortunately while hot glue has its place, I find that anything that will undergo even the slightest wear or tear, the items will come unglued.

So what I do is use a tiny dab of hot glue to bond the two items together and then goop on the slow-setting glue that’s right for the job.

flower barrettes Example: I made these flower barrettes as favors for my sister’s bridal shower. I first tried just using hot glue to affix the flowers to the barrettes. But the flowers just popped right off the barrettes at the slightest touch. So I pulled everything apart and redid them with a dab of hot glue and then gooped on the strongest glue I have — E6000 — and let them dry over night. They held up perfectly.

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16 Comments

  1. Adam says:

    Well now I wanna do something with E6000

  2. Jamie girl says:

    Those are so cute!!! That is such a great idea for a wedding. That gave me an idea to make flowers out of colored felts, sweater material, sequins and things and then glue them onto clips with my supercool fabri-tac! I’ll do that right now since my boyfriend is at work, woohoo 😀 <3 thanks girl

  3. alex says:

    good idea using the hot glue first..THEN the 6000! thanks

  4. Tara says:

    The flowers you used are very pretty. I was wondering if you used a certain type or brand.

  5. Leah says:

    Those flowers just came from Michael’s fake flower section. It was a tropical-themed shower so I picked flowers that looked kind of Hawaiian.

  6. Foufigirl says:

    you could also try the glue called “Goop”, it works great!! smells horrid but works perfectly & is very strong(pretty much impossible to remove once dried) plus you don’t need very much. they have it at micheals or hardware shops, at least in canada.

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