Glue Guns: Low Temp vs. High Temp

For the longest time, I assumed a glue gun was a glue gun, and some were just hotter than others. As I started crafting more, I realized there is  a difference in temperatures and also size of glue sticks. So what do you use? How do you know what is appropriate? I recall once I was trying to attach some plastic flowers onto a block of wood using a high temperature glue gun…can you guess what happened? The flowers  melted! Then there was the time  I learned that a low temperature gun cannot fix a wooden frame (it fell off the wall).  My take-a-way: temperatures affect everything.  I will stop boring you now and list some facts 🙂

When to Use a Low Temp Glue Gun

  • Best for delicate materials, fast drying
  • Ribbon
  • Tin  foil
  • Styrofoam
  • Burlap
  • Plastic
  • Felt
  • Kid crafts (reduced chance  to cause severe burn)

*Rule of thumb:  anything  that would melt or distort with high heat, use low temperature

When to Use a High Temp Glue Gun

Best for when you need a strong bond, also gives you more time to move the object around due to longer  dry time

  • Wood
  • Fabric (be careful that it doesn’t seep through as it can  cause burned  fingers)
  • Floral
  • Metal
  • Rocks
  • Pottery/Clay

When it comes to choosing which size  glue gun, it’s really personal preference. I like the smaller ones that use the mini sticks. For me it is easier to maneuver when I craft small. I will use my full-size gun when I am working on a larger scale project because the glue stick will last a bit longer.

So there you have it! Granted this is just my opinion but I hope it helps. Please feel free to leave a comment or a tip you have about glue guns.

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