About hot glue.
- It’s really hot.
- You can color it with re-inkers.
- Coloring it with re-inkers is really messy.
- If you reheat the glue after adding re-inkers, the re-inkers re-liquify and it leaks out everywhere.
- Feeding in the individual sticks of hot glue while trying to hold the brush, the glue gun, and re-inker requires three hands. And I do not have three hands.
- You can make ordinary objects do extraordinary things with hot glue.
- You need a lot of glue for this kind of project.
- Hot glue is really, really hot. I think I’m missing a fingerprint or two now.
I really debated showing the results today, but the reality is that not every project turns out perfect the first time, especially when you’re trying something new. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
So, I guess I would consider this first attempt a bit of a fail, but I did learn some things.
- Buy hot glue that’s in a rope form instead of the sticks. I found a 6′ length online and it’s arriving tomorrow. Then I don’t have to feed individual 4″ sticks into the glue gun.
- Invest in some heat resistant gloves because hot glue is really hot. Also arriving tomorrow.
- Don’t give up if the first attempt is destined for the trash can. All great athletes start off knowing nothing about the sport. Same with scientists. And Noble Prize winners.
Obviously, I am not a great athlete, scientist, or Noble Prize winner, but I do want to point out that all of those fields require trying something and lots and lots of practice.
Am I giving up on this project? Not yet. I’ve already ordered the glue and gloves and I think I want to give this another shot. Maybe it won’t turn out, maybe it will. I’ve got a bunch more cheap paintbrushes calling my name. Fingers crossed that the next try looks a little less like a crime scene. 🙂
Don’t worry, I’ll be back to sharing stamps and cards soon.