Ok, nobody said I was smart. Oh, yeah, there was that one Phi Beta Kappa award that the university gave me, but I'm not talking about "book smart" here. I dropped a glob of hot glue on my lap and without thinking (again?)and I grabbed the glue from said delicate spot with my thumb and forefinger. The glue obviously burned my fingers, so I pulled the glue off taking ALL of the skin off of my forefinger of my left hand. I'm not exaggerating. Nothing was left but a large red hole! I don't think I will ever have a fingerprint there again. Later, a quarter-sized blister formed on my thumb. Both burns hurt like h-e-double toothpicks!
Everybody makes mistakes, I know, but this was the SECOND time I've done this! This is my new pledge, and if you use hot glue, I need you to repeat after me.
I solemnly swear to never forget that hot glue guns and the glue they spew are lethal.
I will not grab a hgg by the nozzle or at any time let a part of my body touch hot glue for a full minute after it has been spewn (is that a word?).
I will wear protective gear when I use a hgg. (Iron underwear and welding gloves?...or more realistically, garden gloves and only work on top of a table or lap desk)
I will immediately soak my burn under cool water if I am so stupid as to do this again. (That's what the internet said to do. I had to soak for 2 hours, and it was still burning by the time I let my husband bandage me up).
Please, fellow crafters, be on the lookout for hhgs. These vicious offenders think nothing of assaulting careless, stupid, and/or unprotected crafters.