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Old 09-26-2010, 01:30
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Angry Why oh why do I have soooo much trouble with hot glue!

I just bought a new bag of glue sticks at Walmart last night. I've been working all day getting ready for a show that I have in two weeks. Now that it is midnight, I just figured out that my hot glue is not sticking! I can pull my ribbon right off the clips! More headbanging!:wallbas h:So, everything I did today is going to have to be redone. Ack! This is not the first time I have had issues with hot glue not holding.

I found one glue stick leftover from my last bag and compared it to this new bag. The ones from the new bag look cloudy. The ones from the previous bag are clear and you can see right through them. So, obviously cloudy=bad, clear=good. The bad thing is that they are the same exact brand and temp glue sticks. They are both the adtech multi temp glue sticks. Of course, I bought the jumbo bag of these crappy things. They are going to be returned to Walmart. Ok, I'm done venting for now. Gonna have to go to Walmart at midnight thirty to buy some new glue sticks.
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:58
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Default Re: Why oh why do I have soooo much trouble with hot glue!

Thatīs why I use my dearest friend: the thread and the needle... The problem is the time it takes...and the pricks.. hahaha! But why donīt you try using the cold glue.. (magnatac, UHU..etc) What I do is to hold the ribbon clip with the big plastic alligator clip in order to put pressure on the bow and off course as I am so obsesive afterwards I hand sew the bow.. No one can say it will fall apart ...
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:57
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Ugh, I feel bad for you! I would ditch the multi temp sticks and only use the high temp - they hold a heck of a lot better.
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I agree to ditch multi-temp and go straight for the high temp. IT works so much better.
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:30
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Default Re: Why oh why do I have soooo much trouble with hot glue!

Are you saying you use hot glue to line clips and that's what's coming off? Use the double stick tape, not hot glue. It's the only thing that holds ribbon on clips for me. And I use cloudy multi-temp sticks all the time for other things and never had a problem, so I don't think it's that it's cloudy looking.
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:18
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Default Re: Why oh why do I have soooo much trouble with hot glue!

Thanks ladies. Unfortunately, I live in a small town and mutli temp is the only thing available. When I go to the city next, I'm going to stock up on high temp glue sticks (though I bought some from Hobby Lobby once that I had issues with too).
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:20
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Right now the issues is with the ribbon glued to the clips. I tried the double stick tape once and didn't like it either. Got it from a group buy, so maybe it was the brand? Anyways, went to Walmart last night and bought the non-cloudy glue sticks and have not had any more issues. So, I don't know.
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Are you saying you use hot glue to line clips and that's what's coming off? Use the double stick tape, not hot glue. It's the only thing that holds ribbon on clips for me. And I use cloudy multi-temp sticks all the time for other things and never had a problem, so I don't think it's that it's cloudy looking.
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:32
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Default Re: Why oh why do I have soooo much trouble with hot glue!

I've noticed the same thing too with the cloudy vs. non cloudy. For me, the issue is with "strings" being left behind. Haven't had issues with things falling apart. I have since started using only high temp sticks and I don't get the stringy issue anymore.
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Default Re: Why oh why do I have soooo much trouble with hot glue!

I had posted about this a while back.
Another hg told me to adjust the settings in the house.
I think she was right. When I turned the ac off it helped.

I use the adtech also.. or whatever you call it. They had two bags when I looked yesterday, which i thought was confusing because they were fairly close in price but one had 100 and the other 30..? maybe a difference there? IDK.

Anyway, the heat in the house and no fans etc seemed to help. I also contacted the company and they had no idea. the only answer I got was that they didn't know and I could try again.......also!

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also check your gun. go to gun#2 if necessary. call out the big boy guns if you needta!

frustrating. hope it's better now

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I just bought a new bag of glue sticks at Walmart last night. I've been working all day getting ready for a show that I have in two weeks. Now that it is midnight, I just figured out that my hot glue is not sticking! I can pull my ribbon right off the clips! More headbanging!:wallbas h:So, everything I did today is going to have to be redone. Ack! This is not the first time I have had issues with hot glue not holding.

I found one glue stick leftover from my last bag and compared it to this new bag. The ones from the new bag look cloudy. The ones from the previous bag are clear and you can see right through them. So, obviously cloudy=bad, clear=good. The bad thing is that they are the same exact brand and temp glue sticks. They are both the adtech multi temp glue sticks. Of course, I bought the jumbo bag of these crappy things. They are going to be returned to Walmart. Ok, I'm done venting for now. Gonna have to go to Walmart at midnight thirty to buy some new glue sticks.
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:20
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Default Re: Why oh why do I have soooo much trouble with hot glue!

Yeah, it stinks. I had an issue previously with ribbon to ribbon adhesion. I'd almost bet that I was using the same glue sticks that I'm having problems with now. At my WM the 100 ct bags were all the cloudy looking glue and the bags of 30 were clear. They both say multi temp, but they're not the same glue. I don't know what even possessed me to check a clip, since I've never had problems with the clips themselves. I'm glad I did though. I checked the bag and I only used 9 of the bad glue sticks, so it definitely wasn't as bad as it could have been. And it's been cool here, so no AC or heat on.

Another HG recommended a surebonder glue gun and glue sticks. I think I'm going to pick them up this week when my husband or I make it to the city. Oh and I found an industrial glue gun that is 400 watts, tempted to buy it. My glue gun now is 20 watts, bet I wouldn't have problems with 400 watts of heating power!

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I had posted about this a while back.
Another hg told me to adjust the settings in the house.
I think she was right. When I turned the ac off it helped.

I use the adtech also.. or whatever you call it. They had two bags when I looked yesterday, which i thought was confusing because they were fairly close in price but one had 100 and the other 30..? maybe a difference there? IDK.

Anyway, the heat in the house and no fans etc seemed to help. I also contacted the company and they had no idea. the only answer I got was that they didn't know and I could try again.......also!

and...
also check your gun. go to gun#2 if necessary. call out the big boy guns if you needta!

frustrating. hope it's better now
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