Material Monday: Hot Glue

5 Sep

It’s the one tool all cosplayers probably use!

Hot Glue


What it is: A thermoplastic usually formed into cylindrical stick shape that is meant to be melted in a Hot Glue Gun

What it comes in: Sticks. In various degrees of sizes 12, 15, 45mm being the most common sizes

What it does: Glues stuff together. You can also create shapes out of hot glue!

What Can Go Over It: Erm…with gesso, paint.

What It Goes Over: It sticks to most things, but I found it didn’t like to adhere to pleather/vinyl and stay for long periods of time. It also did not like painted craft foam.

Places to Buy: ACMoore, Michaels, Hobby Lobby

Pros: Working Time, Melts, adheres rather quickly

Cons: If you don’t have the right gun, materials may not adhere.

Helpful Hint: There are three types of guns, High and Low Temperature and Dual. If you are going to be working with a lot of different materials, its best to use the Dual temp. Low temp is good for Lace, and light things, and the High Temp is good for rougher/thicker types. =]


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