hot glue

Colloquial term for hot-melt adhesive (Wikipedia link), a staple of prop denizens everywhere, as well as occasional use by all other departments.

The adhesive comes in sticks or cylinders
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and is solid and stable at room temperature, then is heated for application by the hot glue gun. Forms a fairly weak bond once the adhesive cures (returns to room temperature), but speed and ease of application are its primary advantages.

While available for only a few dollars at arts & craft stores, avoid the temptation of buying a cheap tool. Industrial models last longer, are safer, and offer more consistent application.

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