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One of the greatest inventions ever made and you can buy one for only £10!

the fabulous glue gun

No home is complete without a glue gun. Yes it sounds like a bold statement. You may also think it a bit excessive of me to claim that it is one of the best inventions of the 20th century, if not of all time. I know that the best invention was the printing press, but the glue gun has the power to unlock your children's imagination and allow you and them to make things out of old junk as quickly as you want. Who knows how many future inventors, entrepreneurs, and professors were set on the road to greatness by something as humble as the glue gun.
. . . What is it?? The glue gun is a device for melting a thermoplastic resin glue (usually in the form of a long milky coloured stick, about 10mm in diameter). The glue is extremely tough when set and because it hardens typically in less than a minute, it is perfect for instantaneous, high performance sticking when making things. In fact I would say that if you have a glue gun, permanent marker and some old discarded packaging, you have almost everything you need to start making something good right away.
. . . There are both low and high temperature versions, but as even the low temperature ones can still reach 100ļC and cause nasty burns, care should be taken when using either type of glue gun, and children should be supervised at all times when using them, even if they have used them before.
. . . The great thing about a glue gun, from our point of view, when making things, is that it will stick almost anything to anything and can even be used to back fill cracks and gaps. In the Medallion Project (in making from Junk), the glue gun glue is used to back fill a tin foil rubbing, to great effect.
. . . I recommend that you get an extra packet of sticks when you buy your glue gun as they can get used up quite quickly.
. . . A glue gun will only cost about £10 ($10-$15) and can be bought on-line or in any DIY or hardware store. Once you have it, youíll find that its usefulness extends far beyond Making Projects, into all manner of fixing things round the home.

Safety first
warning triangle on whiteI know I keep saying it, but...Glue guns get very hot and the melted glue is not only very hot but also very sticky. Children should not be allowed to use a glue gun unsupervised and if they are using it under supervision they need to be shown which bits get hot and learn how to use the glue without getting the hot melt glue on their fingers. If a burn occurs get the glue off the finger as quickly as possible and run under cold water for at least five minutes. Turn your glue gun off after using it and put it to the back of the work surface out of reach, while it cools down. Make sure the wire isnít trailing anywhere that might get tripped over.



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We can't wait to see the pictures of what youíve made. Kids love it when the things you made together are published, so go on upload a picture of what you made. It's easy, just go to your dadcando My Page and upload your pictures into this project and we'll put one of them right here in the project picture gallery.

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Once you have made a few models and toys from junk with your kids, theyíll begin to think of things that they would like to make from scratch. My kids usually start with the phrase, ĎDad - can we make something?í Unless you follow a ready made project plan, working out what you are going to make is sometimes the hardest part of the project, and if you donít know what you are making at the start, you invariably end up with an unrewarding mess at the end.

At the planning stage, you are governed by four things: The available materials, your tools, your and your kid's ability and the time you have. advanced making post-it note The good news is that there are making projects to fit any mix of abilities and facilities. Your materials will be a mixture of junk lying around the house, and the odd bit of some special stuff that you can buy very cheaply. The equipment that you need can almost be limited to a glue gun, some spray paint and a permanent maker. That just leaves your skill level, and to be frank, you donít need much to make a nice model or toy with your kids that they will love.

When you have decided what you want to make, the first thing to do is get yourself some reference. Search the web and have a look at pictures of the real version of what your kids want to make. Print some off to guide you. home made Ratchet and Clank ray gun

This ray Gun was based on a weapon in one of my childrenís favourite games console games, Ratchet and Clank.

Once you have your reference pictures, have a look at what materials you have. Old plastic bottles, boxes, and bits of card are the obvious ones, but get creative. Think of all the things you have in the attic, shed or garden. An old plastic football, a bit of garden hose, a toothbrush, or a piece of aluminium grille are all great starting points for a neat project.

The great thing about making something from a console game is that it gets the kids off the game and into some really imaginative play, running round the house or garden, while still feeding into the world of their game.

advanced making TARDIS door sign If you can, use the computer design and print out label and graphics that will enhance your model. Dadcando's TARDIS project is really finished off by printouts of the Police Phone Call Box sign, and the smaller door sign, and on this project, we have already drawn up and laid them out to make the job really easy.

But you might need something more than just junk, if you are going to make really realistic models. Foam Board is a superb model making material, which will enable you to make just about anything which has a box like shape. The TARDIS and K9 were both made almost entirely from Foam Board. For things that have curves, where no plastic packaging is suitable, youíll have to resort to Polymorph, papier mache, or Plaster of Paris bandage.
advanced plaster of Paris bandage roll To use Plaster of Paris bandage, simply cut it into 300mm (1 foot) long sections off the roll and pull through a saucer of water. Itís very messy, but great fun and dries overnight to a hard finish. Itís great for scenery, very satisfying to use and easy to paint with water based paints when it is dry.

advanced LED usage To add the finishing touches to an advanced model, nothing works better than a bit of light. LEDs (light emitting diodes) are brilliant for this. They are low power, low current drain (meaning that they last a long time on the same battery), they can be very bright and are small, so they can be put almost anywhere in a model or homemade toy. You can find out more about LEDs in the Useful Stuff You Need section on dadcando.com.

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