Top

Vendor Spotlight and GIVEAWAY: The Hot Glue Gun Helpers Kit by Plaid (1 of 2)

Reported by Angie Backen

Being an avid user of hot glue on the majority of my projects, I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to review this product – The Hot Glue Gun Helpers kit – developed by “Creative Juice” TV hosts Cathy Filian and Steve Piacenza and brought to us by Plaid. It says right on the back of the package, “Nearly every crafter has a hot glue gun horror story!” and man…isn’t that the truth? I’m pretty sure I’ve peeled off most of my fingerprints, which stinks because I might need them someday.

Included in this kit are 5 non-stick items created to make hot gluing easier (and actually enjoyable): a pretty pink craft mat, a finger cap for protecting delicate fingers and pressing, tweezers with non-stick tips, a paddle for soft pressing, and a press wand for heavy duty pressing and smearing of glue.

First, the Craft Mat. It’s a good size – approximately 11.5″ x 14.5″ and it rolls up easily for travel. Of course, the first thing I HAD to do was squeeze a little hot glue on it to test out the “non-stickiness”.

Incredible. The hot glue just peeled right off without much effort on my part. I was curious to see how it would work with regular white glue. Of course it took a little longer to dry, but peeled right off just as easily as the hot.

It just so happened that I had a project that needed some fixing after it “jumped” off the wall onto the floor and a few pieces and parts fell off. It was the perfect opportunity to try out a few of the tools.

I tried the finger cap first. It’s the one tool I was most excited about! It fit quite snuggly on my index finger, but it wasn’t full coverage like I was expecting. My finger only fit a quarter of the way in, which left it feeling a bit clunky and spongy at the tip, so pressing on a clunky or pointy object straight down instead of at an angle will just be absorbed into the tip. Also, because is it round rather than pointed, getting into tight spaces with this might be difficult.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Uh, Angie… you’re wearing all three caps at the same time. Safety first and all, but that’s a little much πŸ˜‰

Still, it served its purpose – that is to protect my finger from getting burned upon the first press after applying the hot glue. It also helped with those pesky hot glue strings (they remind me of spider webs and therefore give me the heebie jeebies) if you just wind them around the tip of your finger a couple of times.

Next, I tried the Tweezers. Let me just say that this tool alone will change your whole hot glue gun experience for the better. This tool is perfect for holding and applying hot glue to delicate wired embellishments and gemstones of any size. And it will also help with pressing in those tight places where the Finger Cap cannot.

It’s also helpful when you need EXACT placement of an object.

The non-stick tips are a bit thick so I was skeptical about how it would handle tiny gems or beads, but it was hardly an issue. In fact, the non-stick material helped to firmly grasp the tiny objects. Score!

The next tool I tried was the Press Wand. Now, this tool is meant to be used for “heavy duty” pressing, which I thought would perfect for reinforcing the metal frame on my project with a little hot glue, so I was expecting it to be firm and sturdy – almost like an eraser – but to my surprise, it was quite floppy. It took very little exertion to make it bend and the only way to apply force to pressing with this tool is to hold it at the very tip. And even then it’s a bit floppy.

The pointed tip was also meant to be used for spreading your glue to help get rid of those telltale hot glue gun lines – unless of course, you want the added dimension.

I squeezed a bit of glue onto a piece of paper, put my gun down and then reached for the Press Wand, but by the time I went to spread the glue, it was already dry…so that didn’t work. I tried again, this time working faster, but I found that the glue was difficult to spread and even sticking to the Press Wand. It certainly didn’t leave the smooth finish I was hoping for and would definitely be visible under thin paper or fabric.

Now, it just may be that I’m not using the right type of hot glue for this particular tool, but because I only use one type, I probably will not be using the Press Wand too often.

Lastly, I tried the Paddle. At first glance, I thought this tool would also be sturdier, but turned out to be very flexible at the tip.

It’s meant for soft pressing, so it’s perfect for flat items like flowers or fabric embellishments.

What I do like about this tool is the sharp corner because it helps to apply the tiniest smidge of glue to those little objects (like beads) and can get in those tight little spaces, but again… YOU HAVE TO BE QUICK!

Pros:

  • No more finger burns when working with hot glue!
  • Craft Mat protects your work surface from hot glue burns and makes for easy clean up. It can also be rolled up for easy travel.
  • Tweezers help with small objects and tight space presses that can otherwise be difficult placing or reaching.

Cons:

  • While the Finger Cap prevents burns, the round tip makes pressing difficult in tight places. A pointed cap would work for that.
  • Press Wand is not sturdy enough for the heavy duty presses it was intended for.
  • A carrying case to keep tools together and make for easier transporting would be nice, but doesn’t take away from the product itself.
  • Unfortunately, this does not keep you from accidentally burning your arm with the tip of the gun while reaching across the table for supplies. Ouch. πŸ˜‰

GIVEAWAY!
Our friends at Plaid are giving away a set of the Hot Glue Gun Helpers to one of our lucky readers… just answer this question by leaving a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win:

What is your hot glue gun horror story?
You have until Friday, February 25, 2011 at 10 pm CST to enter. One comment per person, per article, please.


Disclosure

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

, ,

112 Responses to Vendor Spotlight and GIVEAWAY: The Hot Glue Gun Helpers Kit by Plaid (1 of 2)

  1. Avatar
    Cheryl February 21, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    I don’t really have a single horror story but I cannot escape getting burned any time I use my hot glue gun. The last time I got burned, I was helping my daughter make a diorama for school and didn’t want her to use the glue gun and get hurt. Of course I glued a rock to my finger. Did you know rocks retain heat? Wowza…

  2. Avatar
    Elaine A February 21, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    I have been waiting for this product to hit the market every since Cathy & Steve mentioned it last year. It sounds great. As to horror hot glue gun stories, how about the time I put hot glue on my finger instead of on the project I was working on? I was working on putting in some pearls on a small box when my husband called me, I turned around and shifted the gun slightly, enough for the glue to drip on my finger. Can you say pain?

    Elaine Allen

  3. Avatar
    susies1955 February 21, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Great product.
    I’ve only glue the project to my table but that’s not really horrific. πŸ™‚
    Susie
    susies@twcny.rr.com

  4. Avatar
    Yaritza February 21, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Looks great. A very useful tool. My horror story is I just got done applying glue to the back of a flower and when I went to set the glue gun up high so the baby would not get it, it dripped on top of my head. It did not hurt as I have a lot of hair but getting it off was a disaster. Took for ever.

  5. Avatar
    Julie Campbell February 21, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    This looks like a pretty handy tool! πŸ™‚ My horror story is from a burn to my calf with a run-in with a hot glue gun when I was in high school. I still have a big divot in my leg from where I tried pulling the glue off. Ouch!

  6. Avatar
    Marijo February 21, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Well, I usually burn something (finger, arm, whatever) every time I use my glue gun. And it is a low temp one too! Would love to try out these new tools. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Marijo aka Scraptastic Grammy
    mjs1199 at cox dot net

  7. Avatar
    Caroline Hallett February 21, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Hi there – great review of the product and I so need one! I have lost count of the number of burned fingers and misplaced items, but I think the biscuit has to be gluing my engagement ring to a project and dislodging the stone. The ring had turned round and was under my hand, I was pushing down to secure something with the gun, and then whilst I was waiting for it to dry had a conversation with someone and lost track of time, I then yanked my hand up and saw to my horror the stone was now attached to the card… cue tears, husband having to heat it up to prize it off, project in the bin and me off to the jewellers!

  8. Avatar
    Maureen F. February 21, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    What a great new product – so very needed !!! I was working on a project with my glue gun and as I burned my finger, it made me jump and drop my gun at the same time, knocking over a tin of beads, scaring my dog at the same time, making him jump and knock over a stack of paper – what a mess

  9. Avatar
    Christine February 21, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    It’s not a glue gun project unless you have the war wound to show for it! πŸ˜‰

  10. Avatar
    Pattie Cordova February 21, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    I’m right there with the other gals in that I cannot make a project that involves the glue gun without burning myself. It never fails. Oh, also all those little glue webs that I’m constantly having to fight with.

  11. Avatar
    Dina February 21, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Wow, what a great kit. I avoid using a hot glue gun but I think this kit would solve most of my problems & fears (too messy, using too much glue, not getting the glue where I need it, messy, etc.).

  12. Avatar
    Gale W February 21, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    I am always using my glue gun and putting my finger right in the hot mess to get it where I want it to go. Several times I will get a string of hot glue that either lands on my wrist or across other fingers! OUCH

  13. Avatar
    Sandy February 21, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Does this protect legs, too? I wish. I knocked my glue gun off the table and burned my leg.

  14. Avatar
    Annette A. February 21, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Well my sad story is I had this great project going and I ended up glue it to my table. This was not fun. I like this new hot glue gun Helpers kit. I would love to win. Thanks

  15. Avatar
    Vicki February 21, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    The one incident that jumps to mind is the day I set my glue gun on my brand new wood dining room table while it heated up. I had it on a pad (rather small) but felt confident it would suffice. However, I got a phone call and forgot about the glue gun. I came back several hours later to find glue had melted onto my brand new table and ruined it, before I had used the table even once. Now the spot on the table is my reminder…crafts and repairs in the craft room only!!

  16. Avatar
    Jackie February 21, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    I don’t really have a horror story but I’ve burned my fingers so many times that I quit using a hot glue gun altogether. Those finger tips and the mat would certainly be a reason for me to start using one again.

  17. Avatar
    CBear February 21, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Great review! I could use one of these… especially when I find a cordless gluegun!

  18. Avatar
    Haute Goat Reclaimed Cashmere February 21, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Hot glue dripped on dining room table – tried to pry it up when it was dry & it peeled up the wood (the finish on the wood was worn & didn’t protect it… This of course was my husbands table & we had just moved in together.

  19. Avatar
    redrob123 February 21, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    No real “horror” stories, but I have quite a few scars, lol.
    Would love to have this product!

  20. Avatar
    Patchi February 21, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    I keep hearing love/hate stories on glue guns, so the one I bought still has not come out of it’s box. Maybe this kit is what I’m missing to see what it can do!

  21. Avatar
    Laura {aka scrapaddict} February 21, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    For me it’s just some “close calls” with burns, because I was trying to hold down an item as the glue hardened. This looks like a wonderful idea!

  22. Avatar
    Tina Thomas February 21, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    great tools, wwould save me from so many burns and mishaps

  23. Avatar
    Bonafyde February 21, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    The usual… burnt fingers and arms and once it landed on my knee and even through my jeans I could feel the burn! :0

  24. Avatar
    Digital Misfit February 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I made the great newbie mistake of hot gluing while wearing shorts. I glob of hot glue spurted from the gun, landing on my bare thigh. My automatic reaction was to grab at the searing glue with my hand.
    End result was big blistering burn on thigh (with “drizzle” trail on calf), and the standard loss of fingerprints for a week, with bonus wrist burn.
    heidig@gmail.com

  25. Avatar
    Anonymous February 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I was making some Christmas Crafts and had an assembly line happening. I dropped the hot glue embellishment on my hand,landing on top of my ring finger.It hurt so bad, that I thought I may as well hurt my self again on the other hand!! Didn’t learn from the first accident. A couple of days later my husband had to cut my rings off, because my fingers were swollen. Next, I went to the Dr. and was told I had 2nd degree burns and had to get a tetanus shot. Plus, it cost $300 to get my rings fixed. I try and stay away from glue guns!

  26. Avatar
    Anita February 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    The most I have done with a hot glue gun is burnt fingers so no horror stories. What a cool tool.

  27. Avatar
    Linda McCoy February 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    I too have the multiple burned fingers stories. We made banners for our church using multiple glue guns. Have you ever burned your tongue while trying to close off a bruning finger??

  28. Avatar
    Cheryl February 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Definitely not as horrific as some, but I was hot-gluing sequins to a pair of shoes for a New Year’s Eve party. The shoes looked fabulous. My blistered and bandaged fingers, not so much.

  29. Avatar
    Tessa February 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    I am actually pretty handy with a glue gun but I once made 120 candy cane reindeer with 4th graders using a mini glue gun!!!!! yikes!

  30. Avatar
    Linda February 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I love using the glue gun for projects but I always burn myself….usually my fingers so the little holding tools would probably help that problem. My worst accident was when the gun started to fall off the table and I grab it before it hit the floor….of course the point was the part that I grabbed…..OUCH!!!

  31. Avatar
    rlynnbaker February 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    No horror stories per se. But any safety products for crafting are great for me. I tend to touch hot things and run my fingers across sharp things. ouch.

  32. Avatar
    Danielle February 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    what a cool new product! love the fact that I wont burn my fingers when pressing things down anymore!!!!

  33. Avatar
    Nicole February 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    When I was a teenager I burned my arm pretty badly. You can still see the scar! However, I still love my glue gun and would love to win this!

  34. Avatar
    Denise Morgante February 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Many a times I have burned myself while using a hot glue gun. These tools would make all my projects much cooler.
    Please pick me.
    thank you,
    Denise

  35. Avatar
    Anna February 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Well now if I would win this I would play with my hot glue gun a lot more since every time I use mine I burn my fingers…I really don’t like blisters. Thanks for the chance to win.

  36. Avatar
    {Chloe} Arielle February 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    I’ve had my eye on this product, looks great! I don’t have one big horror story, just multiple mini stories of burning my fingers!!

  37. Avatar
    Condo Blues February 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    I made a Valentine’s Day wreath by hot gluing red stones on a heart shaped wreath form. I burned the middle fingers on both hands and my index finger that I got blistered. ow.

  38. Avatar
    Lauretta February 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    I don’t have hot glue now.. but I want to try to use it πŸ™‚
    Lauretta
    laura-odd [at] libero [dot] it

  39. Avatar
    Michele February 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    accidentally gluing (and burining) your fingers, just before having to make 300 corsages. I still shed a tear when I think of it.

  40. Avatar
    craftlicious February 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    Wow Hot glue gun helper is really clever concept i would love to try
    say no more to burns πŸ™‚

  41. Avatar
    chinamomxtwo February 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    no major horror story but a hell of alot of burns–some pretty darn bad too! This would be awesome to have! πŸ™‚ Thx for the chance to win!

  42. Avatar
    Lori February 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    I just burn my fingers. I so want some of these.
    lhulstine at yahoo dot com

  43. Avatar
    RAP February 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    I would love to win this. My daughter would use it too as she is always burning her fingers on hot glue for projects

  44. Avatar
    Irit Shalom February 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    O- for me it was 2 weeks not working’ as I am a dentist and hot glue gun made me a criple for about 2 weeks.. I just tried to add some hook to my polimer clay piece.. That was my day try with polymer clay and a hot gun.. I just bought a great jewelry glue.

  45. Avatar
    Gasmasquerade February 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Recently I had a project for my Graphic Design class that involved making an elaborate jewelry box for Marie Antoinette. I was trying to glue lace onto the interior of the box when I burnt my fingers trying to press the lace to the glue(naturally. I’m not very wise to these things). Well, the second or third time I pressed the lace to the glue, it didn’t stick because I’d waited too long, so tried to bring the hot glue gun over and put another dab of glue near where my finger was. Derp. Instaburn. It hurt so badly, I dropped the glue gun into the box and it melted and burnt the fabric and lace in the box. I had to start all over :\

  46. Avatar
    Joanne Deschenes, Savannah, GA February 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    I forgot that I was using a hot glue gun, got some on my finger… My finger was burning, so I put it in my mouth… I also burned my tongue…

  47. Avatar
    Joanne Deschenes, Savannah, GA February 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    I got hot glue on my finger, so it was burning… I decided to put my finger in my mouth, to help reduce the pain…. I then burnt my tongue…

  48. Avatar
    sandra February 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    I was 12yrs old, my mom was working on something on the floor and I stepped on, not only the glue gun (ouch!), but on what she was working on that already had hot glue on it!
    Blisters on my foot for weeks!

  49. Avatar
    Jim Tripp February 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    It’s not a horror story, but it was embarrassing to me. I was showing a friend how much more convenient hot gun would be compared to pva glue, and I dropped a piece where it wasn’t supposed to be. Then I picked it up to move it… duh… major blister burn! My friend was not converted. ;(

  50. Avatar
    rilojane February 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    AWSOME! I’m so excited! This is one of those “I can’t believe it’s taken this long for someone to think of this” products.
    My hot glue horror? I RUINED my mother’s table. The little exposure I’d had to hot glue, I just thought it peeled off of everything. Yeah, no. It made some sort of super mess when melted with the varnish of the table, I guess. And of course I didn’t know this until AFTER I decided to just make however big of a mess I needed to get my project done. “It’ll all just come up later, easy-peasy…”

    Ruined Tables: 1
    Burned fingertips: all 10
    Crummy projects from not being able to control my glue: countless.

  51. Avatar
    Donna February 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    This is definitely a good set to have around. I agree that it should come in some kind of case or pouch. I could see buying this to store with my glue gun.

  52. Avatar
    baglady February 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    This is a “why didn’t I think of that?” tool! It looks like it would be really handy to have with all the gluing that I do. I don’t really have one glue gun horror story but I seem to burn my fingers on a regular basis. From the comments, it looks like I’m not the only finger burner πŸ™‚

  53. Avatar
    Bren February 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    My mom has a flower shop and in there they use SUPER hot glue both in glue gun form and in “warmer pans” – more like LAVA PANS. I was helping in there one day and went to dab a silk blossom into the pan. The blossom melted on contact leaving me dipping my thumb and index and middle fingers into the lava. Needless to say I needed a LOT of help getting dressed for the next few days!

    Also one of mum’s employee’s got a blob on her finger, popped her finger into her mouth on instinct, dragging the glue over her lower lip and onto her tongue. Not so good.

    Now we use the low temp, crappy ones at home and they just aren’t as good. This little kit will go a long way to making better projects WITH fingerprints intact!

  54. Avatar
    luluvision February 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I have to admit that I do not have a glue gun horror story because I barely use it! But with these tools, I would definitely wipe off the dust and put it to use! YES!

  55. Avatar
    Linh C. February 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    My hot glue gun horror story is about my daughter burning her hand when she grabbed the hot glue as it was falling off of her project…at school! The burn was pretty bad and left a scar. Not sure if any of the tools in the Hot Glue Gun Helper kit would have prevented that accident, but I sure would like to try it!

  56. Avatar
    Re February 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    well, my husband got me a cold heat glue gun for Christmas one year. Well of course I thought that meant that the tip would not be so hot to the touch, or that the glue would not be too hot either. Well I was wrong. Some how some way, I was doing some gluing and I somehow got hot glue on a couple of fingers. I tried to get it off only to burn myself with glue and get my fingers suck. I then in the process got the glue webs all over my arms. Well I went to try to get rid of the webbing and touched the nose of the glue gun, in turn burning my fingers again. I love to use hot glue but I burn my self every time.

  57. Avatar
    Robyn February 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    mostly just getting burned and getting glue where i don’t want it and those tell tell lines.
    TFS

  58. Avatar
    Sandra February 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    I don’t get along with staplers or glue guns – don’t know why but I can never get either to work for me … my friends don’t let me use glue guns anymore …. burned myself too many times!
    this looks helpful!
    Sandra ltb

  59. Avatar
    Savannah O'Gwynn February 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    OHHHH! What a fabulous giveaway and review–love it! I would love to get these–I have a friend that had 3rd degree burns on six of her fingers (and they puffed up at least an inch all around) because of her hot glue gun! I’m telling you that she had to hold her hand up for at least 2 weeks. It was the grossest thing ever–oh! And painful! This giveaway would be perfect for us!

  60. Avatar
    Susan February 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    It was summer. I was wearing shorts. I was sitting on my bench, cross-legged while using my glue gun and a dollop of glue dripped onto my thigh…made a nice blister. Lesson learned, don’t work with a glue gun in shorts, or keep my legs under the table.

  61. Avatar
    Scrappy Rat February 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    My heat gun horror story is more a memory than my own story. My mom used to make those puffy cloth covered photo albums that were all the rage in the 80’s. Her poor arms and fingers were always a mess of burns and burn marks. I used to wonder how the heck she could stand it. She’s just a tough girl, I guess! She had to raise me, after all. πŸ˜‰

  62. Avatar
    Donna February 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Burn, burns and more burns. Between that and drippy glue. I’ve read a lot about these tools and it would be so cool to win a set. Thanks for the chance!

  63. Avatar
    Tanya I February 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    My hot gun horror story takes place in The Netherlands, for my baby sister’s wedding. She was a Canadian marrying a Dutchman and me being the handy, dandy, crafty one, I was doing much of creating. So I brought over the glue gun from Canada. Of course we had to use an adapter.

    The glue gun worked great. However, the longer the gun was plugged in, it seemed the voltage supercharged the gun and as a result the hotter the glue became. I had only the last flower girl basket to complete when my fingers slipped and slid into the hot glue. When I peeled my hand off the basket, I had actually removed the first and second layer of skin on the front of my index finger. You can see the my homemade bandage in all the wedding photos.

    I still feel a little nauseated when I think about it. The kit would have been great in 2005!

  64. Avatar
    Lori February 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    For my daughter’s last birthday party I had several hot gluing projects, one of which involved 27 party favors and by the day of the party, I had some pretty nasty scabs and scars on my fingers from all the hot gluing.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

  65. Avatar
    Karen February 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    My hot glue gun is in the drawer after one dreadful use!!! I burnt my fingers and made a complete mess!
    Thanks
    Karen dkolopez@msn.com

  66. Avatar
    Iris February 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    No horror stories but I do burn my fingers almost every time I use the glue gun. Iris

  67. Avatar
    ParkNSlide February 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Ouch! Hot glue guns are a pain—my most painful run-in involved dripping hot glue on my bare leg. Saw the tips at Chicago CHA and have been looking for them ever since.

  68. Avatar
    Artful Hands February 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Nothing worse than burning others fingers as I try to remove to hot glue from one finger….ouch!

  69. Avatar
    Tina B February 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    I am always getting paper and embellishments stuck to my fingers, table, floor, everywhere! This would help out so much with my craft projects.

  70. Avatar
    Theresa February 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    My horror story is from years ago. I was squeezing the glue onto a small flower and holding it over my leg. I was wearing shorts and I guess I squeezed too hard and ended up getting the hot glue on my inner thigh.It was awful, and needless to say I keep everything over a table now, lol.
    These tools do look like they would be way more helpful than not, so I guess I’ll be putting them on my wish list.

  71. Avatar
    acs004 February 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    In my attempt to work quickly before the glue dried, I sat my gun down (not paying attention) and the tip was touching the outer cover of my brand new laptop. Yes it now has a nice little burn mark!

  72. Avatar
    Works From The Attic by Linda February 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    I appreciated your review. I have peripheral neuropathy so I don’t always have a lot of feelings in my fingers. I was making a floral arrangement and gluing away without thinking until I looked at my fingers and the skin was literally just falling off of them. I am now much more cautious.

  73. Avatar
    Barb Y February 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Well, Angie, I don’t have a horror story, but I got a great big laugh at the wearing of the finger guards! I sure needed that after my day!! Us crafters are nothing but FUN!! We love you!!

  74. Avatar
    Sheri C February 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    No horror story worse than any of the others, just burns, burns and more burns. I have managed to burn my counter and myself on more than one occasion and would absolutely LOVE to own this wonderful set! Thanks for the chance.

  75. Avatar
    Karla Anderson February 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    No single horror story, just burns, lots and lots of burns and scars. I really want these tools, I saw them demoed at summer CHA and have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get some.

  76. Avatar
    jengd February 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    The usual- scorched/blistered fingers (incl. one yesterday), hot glue on clothes as I scramble to get scalding glue off of my fingers, etc.

  77. Avatar
    Ann February 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Horror story? Make that horror stories! Worst had to be a glob of glue on a rosette made of $150/yd silk. Of course there was no extra fabric as I ordered just enough. The Glue Gun Helpers kit has to be the best invention ever. One of those “why didn’t I think of that” ideas!

  78. Avatar
    Mary February 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    I burn my fingers every time I use my glue gun and tend to avoid it for that reason, this glue gun helper kit could really change things for me in that regard. I would love this kit and can’t wait to find it. I have burned myself and left long strings of glue on almost every project that I use my glue gun on.

  79. Avatar
    ddlady February 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    I really don’t have any one horror story but, I do tend burn the fingers all the time. And I hate the little strings of glue that get on your project. All of the hot glue gun helpers would be great. Would love to win it.
    Linda Cichowski

  80. Avatar
    Shaaron February 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Simply put, second degree burn. I was glueing silk flowers to a wreath and missed pressing down in the right place. This kit is awesome and will save many a finger tip.

  81. Avatar
    iris February 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    After having my first daughter I decided to stay home for a while, but needed to make some extra money. Although I had used a glue gun previously, I decided to make easter bunny baskets to sell at an area flea market. While filling my orders late at night I sat the glue gun on the table but forgot to turn the nozzle toward the table and left the nozzle hanging over the edge of the table as I went to grab trigger. I squeezed the plunger. Needless to say I have a permanent mark on my left upper thigh. Of course i was wearing shorts and recieved a bad 3rd degree burn the size of an 1/2 dollar. Each and everytime I look at that spot I am reminded how dangerous something so simple is. But it did not discourage me, I’ve graduated from making easter baskets, to a full blown crafter. Stain Glass, Scrapbooking, Wearable Art on clothing you name it I”ve tried it. This product is much needed and will be greatly appreciated from newbies, to advanced and experienced crafters alike.

  82. Avatar
    stevie February 22, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    I was making my annual Christmas cards and i put the glue on a card and when i reached for the flower to put on the front of the card I stuck my forearm to the hot glue and still have the scars to remind me not to reach over hgot glue!! No fun scrapbooking or cardmaking with a burnt arm!

  83. Avatar
    becs February 22, 2011 at 12:25 am #

    Oh I have PLENTY of hot glue gun horror stories over the last few years! The worst one was when I worked at a floral shop making silk flower wreaths, and a glob of glue fell off the plastic flower stem and onto my wrist. I couldn’t spit fast enough to cool it off! I still have the scar from it.
    I am anxious to try these products, as they look like the necessary tools for every crafter’s tool box.
    -Becs

  84. Avatar
    howo34 February 22, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    My first time using a hot glue gun and I got the glue all over my project, the table and my hand! Wow, the glue was really hot!!

  85. Avatar
    Kelly Toth February 22, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    Not really a horror story but I do have a lovely fresh burn blister on my left middle finger from my glue gun. Ouch!

  86. Avatar
    pennyd February 22, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Back when I was a Cub Scout leader, I would use a glue gun often for projects. I didn’t want the little guys to burn themselves so in trying to protect 8-10 sets of very eager small hands I seemed to often wear more glue than was used on the projects!

  87. Avatar
    Anonymous February 22, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    You cannot imagine the number of times I have burned my fingers or gotten hot glue where it wasn’t supposed to be. As a result, I stopped using my hot glue gun, but since seeing this set of tools, I will definitely consider bringing out the glue gun again.

  88. Avatar
    melissa February 22, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    Well one Christmas season, everyone wanted a wreath from me. As I was carrying the last one out, a couple of ornaments came loose. So I just sat down on the floor right there and told hubby to get the the big gun out. Its big and heats up fast. When I was done re-glueing,and I made sure NONE of those ornaments were going to fall off! Well, I lifted up the wreath and realized that it was freaking glued to my carpet! But I did learn a lesson, don’t try to make a whole bunch of wreaths in one sitting coz you really do loose the thinking part of your brain lol!

  89. Avatar
    Carole RB February 22, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    No real horror stories but a lot of burnt fingers or glue on my work table….. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  90. Avatar
    Wendy February 22, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    I’ve been lucky enough not to have any serious burns, but do singe my fingers every time! I think this set is so innovative – and I love the color!

  91. Avatar
    catnap February 22, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    My 84-year-old mother likes to make Christmas ornaments from natural materials (for charity). I cringe when I think of her burning her fingers on hot glue, which she’s done many times. I’d like to give her this set. PS Hope it comes in other colors in the future for those of us not too keen on pink. And let’s face, there are probably guys out there who hot glue, too…

  92. Avatar
    Mare February 22, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    I don’t have a horror story yet because my glue gun is on my shopping list for the next time we go shopping. I would love to win these tools so that maybe I won’t have a horror story ever…yeah right

  93. Avatar
    Jessica February 22, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Recently when hot glue-ing, I got some on my fingers and thumb (they were stuck together) and while jumping up and swearing I got glue in my hair!
    That’s when I called it a night.

    Jess
    jbeedelightful.blogspot.com
    jessmusumarra (at) hotmail (dot) come

  94. Avatar
    Sharon February 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    My first time using glue gun I burnt 3 fingures bad, hubby wanted me to go to the er i said they would laugh me out of the place. Haven’t picked it back up yet.I was having surgery and had to go into surgery with my hand all taped up had sores for like two weeks dr said don’t use this again. I would love these so can’t wait to find where you can get them. I know I have heard the glue gun you used don’t get as hot as the other high temp guns so you have to work real fast with that gun so if you have another gun would like for yout to try the test over again.

  95. Avatar
    Susan February 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Gotta be one of the best products yet.. I can actually save the tips of my fingers and actually keep a manicure for a day… Actually burnt to many finger and tearing apart house hold items trying to use as utenciles to aide in holding down things while gluing etc…So crafting and still looking good when done thats a plus…. And keeping the house in tack my family thanks you.. lol

  96. Avatar
    Ying February 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Plugging in it and forgetting it was on… yeah, burn. Oops. Only plug it in when I’m ready which means I sit and wait for it to warm up now. lol

  97. Avatar
    ba0e489c-3c3e-11e0-a50f-000bcdcb471e February 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    the finger cap is going to be a Godsend. I have suffered so many craft related injuries that i sometimes have to take a breather from working. Cannot wait to purchase the set. I have also ruined a table or 2 forgetting that i left my glue gun on. oh books too!
    -jennifer1014

  98. Avatar
    Tamara February 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    my only horror story is getting burned while working on the fascinators for my sister’s wedding. I was worried I would have a big ugly blister for the wedding.

  99. Avatar
    Janette February 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    I just burn EVERYTHING… I have burned my fingers, hand, arm, and even toe with hot glue. I could really use this product!

  100. Avatar
    Tona February 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    This looks like such a great kit.
    My horror story was the time that i knocked my hot glue gun off of the table & somehow as it hit the carpet the trigger got depressed & I has hot glue all over the carpet.

  101. Avatar
    Kimba's Kreations February 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    This looks like a great tool-HORROR story….plugging the glue gun in and forgetting that it was on,dropping it and burning my hands and just as it hit the floor, somehow the trigger squeezed glue all on my foot….YIKES!!!!

  102. Avatar
    Carolina February 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Where were these products when I needed them As for a story, well horrible to me anyway, was when after working on a project for a couple of hours, I turned the project over to realize I had glued the whole thing upside down on a the frame – augh! Burned fingers…too many to count!

  103. Avatar
    JOAN February 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    This is a great product. My horror story is a really bad burn (second degree) on one finger around twenty years ago while gluing some Christmas decor. It was a very serious burn for which I had to receive medical attention. I still have an ugly scar on my finger.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  104. Avatar
    Isabel Z February 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    I don’t have one specific horror story but every time I use my glue gun I burn myself. My youngest cries, “It’s okay, mommy, I’ll blow on it for you!” I’ve yelped so many times after burning myself that she will probably be scared to ever use a glue gun herself. Good things these new tools exist.

  105. Avatar
    billiejo February 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    I’ve been seeing a lot of this hot glue kit recently, and I can really see the advantage of having it.

    Like most hot glue gun users, I have burned myself on the glue itself. And of course, I couldn’t touch it with my other hand to try and pull it off. Thanks for another great product review and chance to win.

  106. Avatar
    sucor February 23, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    I don’t have a real horror story, I just get glue where it doesn’t belong and burn myself almost every time I use my glue gun.

  107. Avatar
    Katherine February 23, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    No real horror story but have had burned fingers and ruined table tops. I can’t wait to get one of these kits. I had gotten away from using a glue gun b/c of the burns and mess and inconvenience of the plug but I just purchased an iBond and now will need this kit.

  108. Avatar
    Annette J. February 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    My worst experience with a hotglue gun would have to be, leaving it unattended for a couple of minutes and having it dribble glue onto my wood cutting board in my kitchen. That was a mess to get off!!

  109. Avatar
    Ladybug February 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    It’s been a lonnnnnnng time since I used a hot glue gun because basically I was just an accident looking for a place to happen.

    I do recall one incident tho (there were many!) when I was gluing some embellies onto a pinecone (I was making angels), and I had glue everyone, burning every part of me.

    I would soooo love to use the glue gun again (esp. that cordless one!) w/ the new helpers. They would help me tremendously.

    Plaid was certainly in my head reading my mind (scary place to be!!) when they came up w/ the “helpers”. Glad they did.

    Thanks for a chance to win this new li’l gem of an invention. πŸ™‚

  110. Avatar
    AShu93 February 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    I once glued feathers to the tip of the glue gun instead of the project.

  111. Avatar
    Kristy February 24, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Nothing to bad I just burn myself all the time. I have been looking at this product for a while and no retail sells it in my area. So I have been still burning myself. I really need this so I can stop.

  112. Avatar
    Katknit February 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    My horror story is getting burned more times than I can count!!!!

    Thanks
    Charlene

    katknit at gmail dot com