I Have a (Glue) Gun License!

…and I’m not afraid to use it.

Ladies and gentlemen, this next picture is not for the faint of heart.  Our topic today is the mighty glue gun!

Aaaaahhh, yeah.  Just a week ago, I was telling my friend Carr!e there was no need for a glue gun.  At my theatre we just use a glue stick and a lighter most of the time.  I truly believed my glue gun days were over.  But that was before I met the Bostik TG-4 Thermogrip Glue Gun.  Man, just saying the name makes me tingle.  This hand-held, trigger-operated tool of splendidness was a gift from The Girlfriend and her mother.  It had once belonged to her father, a man who clearly knew his tools.

Let me just quote the description: “powered by 3 solid state PTC heating elements, it provides 100 watts of power,” “provides 3-5 lbs. per hour of adhesive output for more heavy duty industrial applications.”

I don’t even know what a solid state PTC heating element IS! but I’ve got 3 of them babies!  And to know that if I felt like loading the gun and squeezing for an hour, I would have a 3-5 lb. pile of hot glue on the floor…well…it boggles the mind.

I, of course, won’t be using the Bostik TG-4 Thermogrip Glue Gun (shiver!) for “heavy duty industrial applications,” but I will be using it in my crafting applications.  I already have one project lined up for it.  Sure, maybe the TG-4 is a bit of overkill for gluing a small piece of felt to the back of a crocheted flower, but it will bring me much more joy than my dollar store glue gun ever did and is probably a lot safer than using a lighter around all that yarn.

via Gluguru


2 responses to “I Have a (Glue) Gun License!

  • Grace Hester Designs


    I would not call this overkill seeing as it is that no one likes a craft project to fall apart due to the glue + glue gun not fulfilling its purpose! I have been very dissatisfied with my hobby-store glue gun and was wondering what other options I have.

    Especially felt! It does not seem to stick using low-end glue gun very well. I thought about replacing the glue first but it’s good to know there’s this baby out there if it doesn’t work out. :o)

    • curmade

      I know what you mean. And felt was what I was using on this project! Granted, the TG-4 runs about $130 because it’s actually designed for industrial needs (think packaging), but I would recommend picking up a gun that is a step up from hobby store quality. I always felt like I could crush them in one hand 🙂 Also, even if you don’t get another gun, DEFINITELY look for an industrial grade glue. I cannot believe the difference! Fair warning, you’d better know EXACTLY where you want the piece, because you won’t be moving it…found that out the hard way.

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