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It's easy to take a tube of glue with you (in case you need it), but it's not the same with a hot glue.

If you want to use a hot glue, you will need a glue gun.

Unless you use a lighter to heat up the glue.

In this Instructable, I demonstrate 2 ways to make a pocket-size portable hot glue.

It's great for emergencies or for times when you have to glue something, but there is nowhere to plug IN a glue gun.

Step 1: Key-chain Glue Stick

You can make a glue stick key-chain.

Drill a hole in the stick and slide it onto the ring.

If you ever need to glue something on the go, just heat up the stick with a lighter.

It's much faster than a glue gun.

Step 2: Glue Stick in the Lipstick's Shell

I used a lipstick's shell for the glue stick.

Open the shell and take out the lipstick holder.

Remove the lipstick from the holder and wash it out.

Step 3:

Heat up a glue stick and insert it into the holder.

Cut the stick shorter and put it all back together.

Now you have a fancy pocket-size hot glue.

<p>Hi ShakeThe Future,</p><p>I really appreciate your articles -- good job!</p><p>The keychain glue stick is a great idea -- I would like to suggest an alternative to fix it to the keychain without drilling that also may last longer without breaking: Just heat a short u-shaped piece of wire (from paper clip) and insert into glue stick -- presto! What do you think about it?</p>
<p>Don't know about Shake the Future, but I like it and am going to use it.</p>
<p>Nice! :)</p>
<p>Many hot-melt glues lose effectiveness with prolonged exposure to air, so the lipstick tube is a great idea.</p>
<p>using a Zippo Lighter in this fashion. works well. </p>
<p>Yes, Zippo is perfect for the job. I got one of those flint match lighters. It also does the job and is small enough to attach it to the keys.</p>
<p>Prision Inmates have been using this heat up method for years.</p>
<p>A lighter?</p>
<p>like a Zippo or a Bic .even a match will work. you just have to get the glue stick lit/ burning and it melts.</p>
<p>What kind of drill is that? Where did you get it?</p>
<p>Brilliant! I will make one. Thanks.</p>
<p>Nice simple idea for jobs so small it isn't worth fetching and plugging in the glue gun. And handy for travel. Thank you!</p>
<p>oh my gosh you are a genius. </p>
<p>Thank You!</p>
<p>What a great idea! You're so creative!</p>
<p>Thank You Rebecca!</p>
<p>So simple. However, the glue sticks tend to break so the keychain one won't last quite as long - at least not the way I handle my keychain! Ha ha! Love the lipstick one.</p>
<p>Thanks!</p><p>For now they keychain seems to be fine, but you're right. It depends how you handle it :)</p>
<p>Or... You could buy this 10 WATT battery powered hot glue gun</p><p>http://www.ebay.com/itm/2A-Battery-Power-Heating-Hot-Melt-Cordless-Glue-Gun-Craft-Repair-Tools-10W-S-608-/111365050231?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&amp;hash=item19eddfcf77</p><p>But If I had to guess its way to weak to do anything...</p>
<p>maybe it would give more power with rechargeable 3,7v batterys, or it would burn :D</p>
<p>That's also true, it would be possible to make a 18650 battery case</p>
<p>I did not know there is a battery powered glue gun.</p><p>Nice!</p>
<p>Me, either. I am amazed at some of the tools/devices I see on Instructables. I don't associate battery power with things that get really hot. I've had many less than pleasant episodes with various battery powered soldering irons.</p>
<p>You should see how hot the coils in e-cigarettes get. With nichrome and other such wire available, you can generate a lot of heat on battery voltages.</p>
<p>Same here, The hot glue gun is 7.5 Watts and works on 6 volts, which means it draws more than one amp from the batteries which isn't that good if they are weak batteries</p>
<p>I guess with a pocket full of NiMH rechargeable batteries it would be okay. Battery tech has advanced quite a bit from my practical experience. I only had Uncle Sams crappy green batteries.</p>
<p>You would need to put 4 batteries in series than a lot of those groups in parallel to higher the amperage, which would make it very heavy</p>
<p>The glue gun in the link runs on 4 aa cells.</p><p><a href="http://chinajoer.en.alibaba.com/product/1595687308-221741058/New_Developed_10W_Cordless_Glue_Gun_S_608.html" rel="nofollow">http://chinajoer.en.alibaba.com/product/1595687308...</a></p><p>It may be a little heavy, but it would still be better than other alternatives if you don't have access to AC. Glue and tape aren't always practical.</p>
<p>The Eagle Jet micro-torch/lighter can be purchased for under $5 on eBay, holds a lot of butane, nice hot flame, lights reliably, has a flame lock (so you don't have to keep the ignition switch depressed), and would work fabulously with glue sticks. </p><p>I'd never thought about putting glue sticks in my go-bags before. You could cut them to appropriate length and include them in one of those ubiquitous Altoids kits too. Glue can be mighty handy in survival situations.</p>
Wow this is absolutely mind blowing amazing, I had no idea I could just have a stick of hot glue and a lighter.. Great instructable!
<p>Thanks!</p><p>Sometimes It makes more sense to use a lighter, even if you have a glue gun. </p><p>For small projects, lighter is faster than a glue gun :)</p>
<p>In addition to being faster, a lighter is MUCH cleaner. I have always wondered how people get glue guns so... gluey. Harbor Freight has a little pocket torch that would probably be great for this.</p>
<p>Indeed!</p><p>I guess the glue guns get gluey if they are left in a strange position.</p><p>I have done it myself :)</p>
<p>this is cool!</p>
<p>Thank You!</p>
<p>Did you use the low-temperature glue or regular?</p>
<p>I did not know there are different temperature hot glue sticks. I have no idea. It does not say anything on the packagind.</p>
<p>This is a really smart project. Quick and easy access to hot glue seems like it could be a real life save in all sorts of situations. Thanks for the tip!!</p>
<p>Thank You!</p>
I'd try this, but i don't have a lighter. D:
<p>Matches will also work :)</p>
Thanks! A lighter just seems more practical though.
<p>I was thinking to make same thing. Thanks for sharing it !! :)</p>
<p>You could also buy a fancy gas powered glue gun like this:</p><p>http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hot-Glue-Gun-Cordless-Gas-powered-T-E-Tools-HG872B-New-1-Hour-nonstop-operation-/331300914411?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&amp;hash=item4d2312c4eb</p>
<p>Turns out there are many options :)</p>
<p>YES! With this I can bring hot glue everywhere I go! I'll start to beg a lipstick shell to someone... :p Thanks for sharing this cool idea!</p>
<p>Cheers :)</p>

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