Hot glue is a functional adhesive that is both dangerous and fun to use. Cylindrical glue sticks, sold in a variety of lengths and diameters, insert into a glue gun which then heats and melts the glue. Commercial hot glue also is available in pellets and blocks that you heat in melt pots or machines for large applications. Use caution when working with hot glue as both the gun and the glue can burn your skin.
Hot glue is helpful in a variety of projects, including the design of silk or dried flower wreaths, embellishing plain picture frames and making popsicle stick crafts. Unless the craft material is temperature sensitive, most projects benefit from hot glue because it dries clear and forms a strong bond. Low temperature glue is generally satisfactory for craft projects.
Minor Home Repairs
Compatible with a variety of materials, hot glue is able to fix many items in a home, including broken shoe soles, torn couch fabric or loose laminate. Choose low temperature glue for delicate materials, such as fabrics, and a higher temperature glue for more durable materials, such as wood or laminate.
Woodworking is a common use for hot glue. Applications include desk and chair construction, drawer assembly and cabinet production. Specialty woodworking hot glue sticks are a popular choice due to their low viscosity and superior strength. Woodworking glue attaches to the wood grain and forms a strong bond that dries quickly to reduce construction time.
Product Packaging and Shipping
Manufacturers use hot glue to seal product and shipping boxes. Hot glue forms a strong bond that cannot be broken without tearing the box. This helps prevent product loss due to theft or damage. Commercial vendors sell glue sticks designed for product packaging. They set quickly during product assembly.
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