Tree Sap Glue for a Glue Gun

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Intro: Tree Sap Glue for a Glue Gun

have you ever been stuck without glue sticks?

this will show you how to make tree sap glue sticks!

Step 1: Things You Need

  1. a pine tree (i used an austrian pine)
  2. a glue stick(to push stuff out of a length of pipe)
  3. a piece of pipe (about as big as the glue stick)
  4. a glue gun
  5. OPTIONAL: gloves

Step 2: Get Some Tree Sap!

find a tree that has some sap coming off of it and just grab a chunk (make sure to leave enough for the tree to heal)

the tree that i got my sap from had holes from a wood pecker and was just covered in sap

Step 3: Heat It Up and Squish It in to the Pipe

using hot water or a microwave heat it up until it is plyable and squish it into the pipe

Step 4: Cool It Down!

using water or a freezer cool the pipe with the sap in it for a few minutes

Step 5: Push It Out

using the glue stick push the sap out of the pipe

Step 6: Use It!

put it in your glue gun and use it!

NOTE: depending on how hard the sap is you may have to push it with a regular glue stick

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    11 Discussions

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    ArticAkita

    2 years ago

    if tree sap holds much but on the short hand it might get the house smelling good!

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    JON-A-TRON

    2 years ago

    Dude, more pictures! This is an awesome idea, I'd love to know how your tests came out. You're onto something really cool here...

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    bravoechonovember1JON-A-TRON

    Reply 2 years ago

    thanks! I'll try this again in a bit (I have quite a few instructables I'm working on (that on top of school!) so it might be awhile)

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    epotter307

    3 years ago on Introduction

    If I'm not mistaken the native americans used sap as glue, specifically when building such implements as arrows and other tools. I think it can be hardened like epoxy with extreme heat, but I'm not positive. It's called "Pitch glue"

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    seamster

    3 years ago on Introduction

    How does the sap work as glue? (Have you glued anything together with it?)