i was having that problem too and then i read an article and had a "duh" moment!! hot glue is meant to adhere porous to porous (ribbon to ribbon). it is NOT supposed to be used to glue non-porous to porous (metal to ribbon). SO . . . your best bet is a fabric or gem glue found in the jewelry section. the only problem that i have with it is that it doesnt dry quickly so you either have to hold it there for a minute or clamp it with a clothes pin or something like that. it's a total pain but it has definitely made a difference in the quality of my finished product.