|A small portion of the glue strings.|
It's going ever so slow, but that's probably because I'm tired and not making pinatas a priority. I've gone through 3 glue guns in the process of pinata-ing (and I've created a few new words). The first glue gun I used is high temp and functions just fine, however, this isn't a task suited for a high temp glue gun. After multiple finger tip blisters, I made my way to the craft store in search of a better option. The original tutorial says to use white glue, but I didn't think that would really work for me. I got excited about the Cool Tool cordless glue gun and I bought it. I had it for a week before I had a chance to use it. When I finally got to it, I realized that it's a great idea, but not a great product. It's possible that I just got an individual one time bad glue gun because everything else I have from AdTech works just fine, but proceed with caution when buying a cordless model. I used it for a few hours and decided it wasn't going to work. I got up the next day and decided to make an exchange (remember not to recycle packaging prior to testing... oops... or you might have a painful exchange with a retail store supervisor). This time I went with another AdTech product, the dual temp cordless gun. It isn't a true cordless model. It can be used for up to 5 minutes without a cord, otherwise you have 6 feet of cord to wiggle and that isn't much but it works. It's fabulous and I held onto the package this time (until I decided to keep it). The annoying thing about any glue gun though, is the spider webs that cling to everything. I hate them. I'm not sure if I've ever done this much hot gluing, but the strings are abundant. I could probably make a glue stick out of what's on my floor. Ick.
Oh, well, the zig zag, or as the hip kids say, "chevron" pattern is fairly easy. I read about the experiences of several other people who used the same tutorial and they wrote about struggling with creating the pattern, but I think the key is to keep the paper strips skinny (no more then 2"-- I started with 2.5" and the half inch made a big difference). The Oh Happy Day tutorial is great, but there's always fine tuning and tweaking so a project can work best for the person making it. I'll probably go into detail on this later. --I KNOW, How long can she possibly post about making the same damn thing? We will find out.
X's and Ooses,