I love the winter season. It gives me time to reflect, plan, and craft. The last is my issue for this post. When I get crafting, I get totally into it. I get so involved in whatever craft I am working on that I can get a bit careless. Well, it happened on this last Sunday.
I bought myself a new hot glue gun. My old one is ok, but it does not have a fine tip. The new one does. What I was not prepared for was the more intense heat that was required to get glue through that fine time. Working away on a fall project and my fingers slipped (yes, I blamed it on my half finger again – grr) and this:
Yep, that is a very unwelcome hot wax burn. The white is actually dead skin now. It’s not infected, just dead. Can you say -IDIOT? I had been working for years with the other glue gun and had no problem with a bit of hot glue on my fingers.
(Notice the different tip sizes)
Normally I would simply say “ouch” rub it a bit and move on. Yes, it was hot but not that hot. Well, not so easy with the finer tip.
I was working with dried flowers from a couple of years ago. We tried an experiment in the greenhouse (before tornado era) to see if companion flowers would keep down some of the pests. That experiment started four years ago, and due to the nature of the flowers we chose, we ended up with flowers everywhere. Part of what we were experimenting on was for the purpose of drying. Strawflowers were our first choice and proved to be our best choice.
They hold a perfect shape, have stellar colors (especially for fall crafts), and were interesting. They actually fold down to create the above-pictured shape. The other end is just left-over seed hairs. Stupid me did not know that you need to remove those seed hairs BEFORE you try to glue them to your project. That was my downfall. I put the glue on the hairs, tried to stick them down, and that was when they fell out and got my finger.
I have gotten different types of burns before, but I must say this was one of my award-winning jobs. I finally got brave and cut off the dead skin yesterday. Funny how much better it felt with that removed?
Moral of my story dear children – WATCH WHAT YOU ARE DOING WITH THE STUPID HOT GLUE GUN, you idiot!
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5 thoughts on “OFF SEASON BLUES – OR OUCHIES?”
hot glue gun glue is VERY hot…I also had bad experiences with the glue with girl scout projects…;p “Adventures in Life” seem to run in our family….but you seem especially talented in that….har!…love you Mis Accident prone 🙂 (they didn’t call me Calamity Carol for nothing at work 🙂 )
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🤣🤣🤣 runs in the family🤣🤣
Oh no! I’ve never seen a hot glue gun do that before. It must burn HOT! Who knew that having so much fun could be so hazardous?
I’ve never grown strawflowers before but love that they can be used in crafts. And they can be used as companion plants! Win-win.
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I’ve gotten hooked on crafting with the straw flowers now. One hint – make sure to spray them with some type of sealant or they will fall to pieces (dropped my 1st project upside down and found this out – boo hoo).
OMG that had to hurt! They can get so hot!