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
- Tin foil
- 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
- Fabric (be careful that it doesn’t seep through as it can cause burned fingers)
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.