This is probably the ultimate craft accessory: a cordless, re-fuelable hot glue gun. The next time you’re stuck (get it, stuck — hey, it’s late, OK?) in the middle of nowhere gluing 4,000 tiny beads on something, this is your tool.
Seriously, though, hot glue has all kinds of industrial and practical applications far beyond crafts — including positioning wires and making relatively strong, but breakable connections. For example, we used hot glue to attach trim on a dart board surround we recently built. It holds the trim on well, but not so well that you can’t break it off to repair the felt underneath if need be. (And if you’ve seen us play darts, you know the need indeed be.)
A number of companies make butane-powered glue guns, but this one looked more together than most of the other ones we’ve seen. It’s made by Master Appliance, operates up to 392 degrees F, and purportedly reaches working temperature in 3-4 minutes. Master Appliance claims it’ll deliver up to 1.9 pounds of glue per hour. That’s a lot of beads.
Like most companies, they also claim that it’s got a “dripless” tip, which we’ll believe only when we see it.
The kit comes with some spare tips, some glue sticks, and a nice standard plastic case, and streets for around $50. We haven’t seen this in stores, but you can find it all over the ‘net.