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thingybob
« on: May 23, 2005 03:36:08 AM »

Hey,

I'm looking to buy a glue gun to help me attach a few bits and pieces to some bags I'm making, but I don't really know what to go for.

What's a reasonable price to pay for a glue gun that I'm  really only going to use for crafts? Also, can anyone explain the difference between "hot melt" and "low melt" ?   Huh

Thankyou!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2005 08:08:00 PM »

you can buy the cheaper glue guns for five to ten dollars. There are lots more available for more money too.

Are you thinking of glueing something onto fabric? If that is your intent this might not work so well for you. Most glue gun glues don't last on fabrics.  There are other glues that you get at fabric stores that are more suitable for glueing onto fabrics.

The hot melt glue guns melt at a higher temperature and can melt plastics. (BURN LIKE HELL TOO) There are industrial glue guns out there that are extremely hot.But these will also melt some of your craft items as well.

The low temp ones melt at a lower temperature and work for smaller or finer objects. But they still can burn you. They also make a multi temp glue gun that uses either the hot or low tem glue sticks. This is good because I have sometimes bought the wrong glue sticks for the glue gun that I had.

I also have had several of my glue guns for many years. They do last a long time.
DOes this help at all?
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2005 08:20:04 PM »

All of junquette's info is very good!  I personally prefer the high temp ones only because the other glue cools too quickly and you have less time to "play" with (slightly reposition something, for example)...but that's just me!  I guess it does depend on what you'll be doing.

I bought my mini glue gun for less than two bucks at Wal-mart and it works great!
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2005 09:05:24 PM »

my glue gun is just a cheap one from WalMart that I got for my wedding, but about a month ago it broke.  I went to Walmart to get another one and found out now they have cordless glue guns! I didn't get that one because I'm cheap, but anyway just thought I'd throw that out there.
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2005 09:21:58 PM »

lacey- thats awesome! a cordless glue gun would be wicked
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2005 03:06:01 AM »

Ahhh yes that's really helpful, thanks guys!
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2005 09:47:47 AM »

Just to put in my two cents.  I find that craft hot glue guns are horrible.  Your stuff holds together for a little while and then a year later it falls apart.  I use a Hipurformer hot glue melt system from Steinel.  It is so strong, that people use it to build furniture.  Just try that with a regular hot glue gun.  Anyway, its completely amazing, hold up to 2000 pounds per square inch.  Its as easy to use as a regular hot glue gun but far Superior and worth the money.  It is more expensive, you will pay about $90-$100 for a system, but I feel its worth it to not have your work come apart.
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