How to Seal Plastic Photo Pockets With a Glue Gun - Without Glue.
Plastic pockets, such as sheet protectors, photo sleeves and card collection binder sheets, can be filled with photos, glitter, keepsakes, charms, dried flower petals, etc. If you want to seal the pocket, all you need is a glue gun. No glue. A friend of mine learned this and told me about it. I finally tried it, and it works!
If there's a glue stick in the glue gun, take it out. If your gun has already been used with glue, set something like a metal lid under the nozzle to catch any residual glue, as it will melt and drip as the gun heats. Let it all drip out. It may take awhile. (The best thing is to have two glue guns - one for sealing that has never been used with glue and another to use for glue projects. This way, you won't get any glue on your pocket...you know, like I did here! My first time doing this. Lesson learned. Covered with decorative tape!) Lay cardboard or another protective barrier on a firm, flat surface. Lay your pocket on that. Once the gun is heated, press the nozzle to the pocket, a little under the edge of the opening, and slowly pull it across to fuse the plastic. That's it. You can use a ruler as a guide. Use metal, not plastic, so it doesn't melt. No, I didn't use my chocolate bar as a ruler. Haha. It was heavy enough to keep the edges together while I sealed them yet light enough to not crush the petals.
Make pockets within pockets. Add some things to fill a small portion of a pocket. Make a seal just above the items. Leave enough space so the nozzle isn't close enough to melt anything in the pocket. Add more things and make another seal above those.
1. Once you plug in a glue gun, stay nearby in case of fire.
2. Set it on its stand or lay it so the nozzle isn't touching anything (again, fire.) 3. Both the nozzle and glue will be extremely hot. No touching!
4. After it's unplugged, stay nearby until it's no longer hot. - Tammy Kirby
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