I made several fairy gardens and accessories for the first time

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I made all my furniture for ten different fairy gardens using a hot glue gun which was HOT and varnished everything. 3 weeks later everything to my sadness started just falling a part , what did I do wrong?

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  • 16999903 16999903 on Jun 01, 2018
    If the temperature is hot outside, hot glue will not stay firm. If you can salvage it, check out HD or Lowes for glue that will withstand heat. Epoxy would be your best bet. Good luck!
    • Michelle Michelle on Jun 02, 2018
      Thank you, I was suspecting that may be the problem so put a side the pieces to repair. I have EZ600 transparent glue but didn’t think my plants would survive the fumes that seem to linger forever. I made pebble portraits using this glue 2 months ago and can still smell the glue. Even with a window open the fumes are still noticeable. Would a industrial glue gun be any different?
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 01, 2018
    you need a outdoor epoxy
  • Cheryl Gillman Cheryl Gillman on Jun 01, 2018
    I made all my stuff with a hot glue gun aswell, the trick when making things with hot glue is twine! Even though things are glued together it also needs to be tied if you're using hot glue. If you don't want to tie them then you need to switch out your glue for something meant to hold in the elements :)
  • Michelle Michelle on Jun 02, 2018
    thank you however I don’t understand how to use twine to hold legs onto tables and chairs
  • Michelle Michelle on Jun 02, 2018
    Thank you so much, I don’t want to have to repair a third time lol takes a lot of work to make everything. Next time I will know how to glue properly the first time around. 😄
  • William William on Jun 03, 2018
    Super glue since your concerned about E6000 odor. Used gel super glue for my "mock" bird house for my wreath.
  • Michelle Michelle on Jun 03, 2018
    i will give that a try , I now have a shelf of glues that did not work 😬 what type of varnish is good? I used spray can varnish but wonder just how much was really coating all my furniture. I made 13 fairy gardens a different theme for each and made my stuff for them. Hours on end every night for over a month so to have it all fall apart is so discouraging
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on May 09, 2021

    So sorry to hear that Michelle. We make lots of fairy gardens and never use hot glue. It's not strong enough to withstand the elements and it leaves these awful glue blotches. An exterior super glue with a fine application tip works best.

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