Do you ever use a glue gun in your crafts? If so, I’m going to tell you all about Hot Glue Gun Helpers developed by Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza and distributed by Plaid Enterprises…and then, you’re going to slap yourself in the forehead and ask, “why didn’t I think of this?” These tools are so simple and yet so useful, you’ll want to snag a set immediately.
The set comes with a large mat, three finger caps, a paddle, tweezers, and a press wand. All are non-stick and heat safe- up to 600 degrees!
To test out the tools, I decided to work on a spring floral Kissing Ball… so let’s hot glue some moss to a Styrofoam ball.
I slipped on some of the finger caps and applied some hot glue on the ball, and then pressed on some moss using my clad fingers. (By the way, you get 4 sizes of caps in each set, small through extra-large. Nice, right?) While some hot glue oozed up through the moss, my fingers stayed absolutely cool- just a little hint of warmth to let me know that I would have sustained a nasty sting if I didn’t have my caps on!
Next I added some vintage ribbon, and I wanted to make sure I pressed it firmly enough into the moss. Enter the paddle!
I was able to press the ribbon down firmly to ensure good adhesion with the glue. I could even take up a little glob of hot glue with the corner of the paddle and put it right where I want it. It also came in handy when gluing loops- check it out:
Then I decided to add some flowers- time to use the press wand. It’s really flexible, and allows you to do a “soft press”- you can keep from crushing delicate objects, likeÂ silk flowers.
I love the tip on the press wand- really great control. Lastly, I decided to add some crystals in the center of my silk flower clusters. Time to bust out those tweezers! They have a rubberized, heat-resistant and npn-stick tip. This allowed me to place the crystal in the puddle of hot glue and position it accurately without the tweezers getting sticky and creating unsightly strings.
At the end of my play date with Hot Glue Gun Helpers, I ended up with a sweet Kissing Ball for Valentine’s Day and a respect for these tools. I can’t imagine ever getting out my hot glue gun again without them!
And, they can be used with any glue- Mod Podge, Tacky Glue- even with heat embossing! That mat alone can really save your worktable from scorching.Â It will roll up for easy storage, but my bet is that you’ll want to keep it out and use it daily.
This 7-piece kit retails for $19.99- a great value, if you ask me. The only drawback right now is availability. I’ve not seen it in the big box or the local craft stores yet- but if you must have them ( and you probably do)- you can buy them at the official Etsy shop. And you know what’s cool? If you order set of two or three Hot Glue Gun Helpers, you get a discount. Sounds like a great opportunity to get some crafty friends together, right?
But first you might want to leave a comment for a chance to win a set! Yes, our friends at Plaid are offering the readers of CraftTestDummies a chance to WIN! To enter, just leave a comment on THIS POST sharing how often and what kind of projects you use hot glue with. I’ll draw a random comment via Random.org around 12 Noon EST on Friday, January 14, 2011. This drawing is open to US & Canadian residents only.
This Giveaway is now closed. Thanks for your comments! Check HERE to see the winner!
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