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I know it sounds sad but I really love my trusty Stick It glue gun and use it all the time for my card making and has never let me down.
I think I got a real bargain on eBay as it only cost me £7.99 plus £2 postage and packing and this included 14 glue sticks which have lasted almost a year despite my using it at least 2 or 3 times per week for an hour or so each session.
The Dooyoo picture is very clear and you can see that it comes with a fitted plug so basically all you need to do is open the packaging, slide in one of the glue sticks, plug in and you are ready to go - couldn't be more simple!
It heats up in around 5 minutes and then you gently squeeze the trigger and you can see the clear glue being released. I always spend time preparing everything I need in the way of die cuts, borders, greetings, toppers, card and paper etc before I start using the gun because once the glue touches the item it bonds within seconds so it is not re positionable as I've found to my cost :(
The gun has a handy little lightweight stand which means you do not have to rest it on a mat or newspaper and it barely drips so you do not waste any of the glue. Once you start the trigger action you will see that the glue flows cleanly and evenly and does not blob or bubble.
Once I have finished using my Stick It I unplug it. wait for it to cool down a little and then just wipe the nozzle down with a kitchen towel and a baby wipe. It has not gunged up and I have found it to be totally adequate for using on thin paper up to thick card. I have used it to attach buttons, bows and embellishments onto cards but find it too hot to use on ribbons.
I have also reached for this appliance when looking to stick plastic bits and bobs around the house with varying degrees of success. However, as I bought it solely for using in card making I have no complaints whatsoever and love my lightweight, easy to use and comfy- to - hold glue gun and would recommend it to fellow crafters.
I bought this glue gun for £6.99 at this outlet place in Manchester called Boundary Mill as I thought I'd need it for arts and crafts and I've always wanted a glue gun. I also bought the extra glue sticks for £2.99. I think this is great value, though it has been further reduced from £9.99.
Unsurprisingly I found myself needing a glue gun for my art final piece which required me to stick pieces of mirror together to form a sculpture and there is nothing better than a glue gun for this type of task.
The glue stick was easy to load and just needed to gently push into the slot. It had a surprisingly smooth plasticky finish unlike other glue guns I've used where the stick was slightly sticky or at least not smooth.
Once plugged in, it took around 5-10 minutes for the glue stick to melt before you could pull the trigger and start using it. The glue comes out transparent and dries white which leaves a beautiful finish. Other glue guns dry with this manky yellow tacky stuff.
What I also like about this glue gun is that if left on the table or unused, glue will not just spill out the tip, unlike the industrial ones. However, the downside to this product or rather the glue is that it doesn't hold very well. Large pieces of mirror tend to unglue/unstuck or come undone far too easily and needed reinforcement by tape. This could also be a good thing for example if you wanted to glue something to a shiny surface, you could quite easily peel it off without leaving a mark, eg on tiles, mirror etc.
I guess the way I've used this glue gun is inappropriate for what it's made for as it is clearly for arts and crafts. For more large scale sticking needs, I would recommend getting an industrial glue gun which is larger. However, for normal household and arts and craft needs, such as card making, this is perfect. I would also recommend stocking up on these glue sticks as I've used about four already!!