The crafter’s best friend, the hot glue gun, has more uses than you could shake a stick at. It’s versatile, convenient, and can create seriously strong bonds between a wide range of materials.
The power rating of most hot melt glue guns is measured in Watts. The higher the Wattage, the faster it will melt the glue and the hotter the glue will become. Inside the casing is a heating element, and when electricity is passed through it, it gets hot.
The best hot glue gun isn’t necessarily the most powerful one though. If you’re involved with delicate crafts or work with heat-sensitive materials, you don’t want a whopping great 100 Watt element spreading molten glue all over your work.
On the other hand, if you’re sticking together big models and you need high volumes of glue quickly, a 20 Watt micro glue gun just isn’t going to cut it. Think about how quickly you need the glue gun to work and how much glueing you’ll be doing.
Sizes of Glue Stick
The glue sticks you use in hot glue guns come in lots of different diameters depending on manufacturer, but the most common two sizes are 7 mm and 11 mm. The 7 mm sticks are ideal for fine work and delicate crafting, where the accurate placement of glue is more important than volume. 11 mm are more DIY and big craft oriented. If you need a lot of glue quickly, use the 11 mm ones.
All diameters of glue sticks are also available in different lengths. If you use a lot of glue, you’ll want the longest hot melt sticks you can find. The longest I’ve used are 255 mm, but are only compatible with heavy duty hot glue guns.
Different Types of Hot Glue Stick
Although most hot glue sticks are transparent and made to be almost invisible when applied, you can get a huge range of colours and finishes as well. For creative crafts, there’s an entire rainbow of bright colours and each of them are available with glitter embedded in the glue.
You can also get low melt and hot melt glue sticks. Like the names suggest, they melt at different temperatures, depending on the materials you’re working with. Low melt glue sticks are also much safer to use, causing fewer burns or damage to delicate materials. High melt sticks melt at a higher temperature and can be used to stick a wider variety of materials together.
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