Friday, June 25, 2010

Glue Gun Attacks Rampant

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.


  1. OMGosh, that is horrible! Ok I too have dropped hot glue in my lap and burned my fingers but not to that extent. Also I ditched my glue gun after that and bought a low temp HGG. Now here is a secret I learned not too long ago and I know this might sound inappropriate for your blog but here it goes.
    Buy some anal ease, and keep it in your purse or first aid kit. I know a few moms who carry it in the purse for the kids boo boos. they just put a sticker over the name. Ok the reason for the anal ease is that it has the highest concentration of benzocaine you can find anywhere, with out a prescription. instant pain relief!

  2. Oh wow...I laughed my head off when I read this. Not in an unkind way - but in a "OMG someone else did this?" way!

    Love your pledges :)