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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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This is your guide on how to easily make your models look great using a few simple tools and supplies. If you get the right glue and paint, then you can make a fabulous model out of more or less anything. tube of acrylic paint Here are few tips about getting the right stuff, so that you wonít be wasting your time waiting for rubbish glue to dry or paint that doesnít bullet point permanent markercover the surface properly. One of the things that frustrated me as a child was the rubbish stuff we kids had to use when doing any kind of craft work.

Professionals and art studios use a whole range of proper graphic products: Performance glues (hot melt glues, double sided sticky tape, and Spray Mount), really sharp knives (scalpels), dense (permanent markers and lightweight but stiff mounting boards, (foamboard) that are now all available cheaply on the web or every in DIY shops, Red LEDand all make it possible to make more or less anything and make it look superb. So really there is no reason to waste the valuable time you spend with your kids trying to make things using feeble glues that take forever to dry, felt pens that rub off on your hands, or useless cardboard that doesnít fold right. Get a few nice bits and pieces and make your place an Aladdinís Cave of wonderful making and doing things.

spray mount canThe idea of making things with or for your kids is that you work on these projects together. For some of the more complex ones you will be doing most of the work, but as long as they are participating then they are learning and getting confidence from seeing how to solve problems and follow a plan. Some of the projects especially the paper folding and maybe even the easier pompom ones are suitable for children to tackle on their own, but whatever their skill level they should never be left alone with potentially dangerous equipment.

Craft knives and scalpels are very sharp and should never be used by a child, or left unattended where children are making stuff.

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. safety warning symbol 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. (All sounds like common sense, but we have had every type of minor accident!)

Superglue (cynoacrylate) sticks skin together permanently. In the hands of adults this feature can be tricky, in the hands of children superglue is downright dangerous and children should never be allowed to use it under any circumstances.

Permanent markers are just that; permanent, and will mark clothes, permanently, best to wear old clothes or an apron when doing painting and using permanent markers. They also mark table tops and carpet rather nicely and will bleed through one layer of normal paper to mark a table top underneath, so always put down another sheet of paper under your work, if using a marker to draw on paper.


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