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Matt gun

Hi everybody, Just curious if someone out there uses a Matt gun. What
do you think of it, and is it worth buying?

Catrina Warner

I use the Matt Gun to make carving wax wires of various sizes.
These are used in modelmaking for prongs, galleries, etc. These
wires, being made of carving wax are superior to soft blue wax wires.
The red wax is flexible.

Donna Shimazu

I had a Matt gun for several years. I played with it and never found
any great uses for it. Someone finally stole it from me. No great
loss in my book. I would recommend a good wax pen like the Master
Touch or the Matt trimmer or Lathe. Much more general use in these
tools.( Usual disclaimer goes here) Frank Goss

Cathrina Adolfo Matello has a video and a ook that describes the Matt
Wax gun. You should read that & depends on what type of Design you
are going to make.

There are books that you can read about this.

Regards Kenneth Singh

Hi I have used the matt gun and have seen a demonstration of the gun
by the inventor, Adolfo Matteo. The matt gun works great for its
intended purposes but I think its a little expensive for what it does
which is essentially melt wax cylinders to create wax wire.

You can acheive the same thing by using a standard glue gun to melt
the wax. It is best to try to find a glue gun that has the same type
of chamber as the matt gun. Fortunatly these tend to be the less
expensive types of glue guns. The only problem you run into is that
the diameter of the wax cylinders is different from the standard
diameter size of glue sticks. I usually just trim the wax cylinder
down to fit the glue gun. At one time there was a glue gun that came
with molds for recovering leftover glue. This was great because you
could pour the melted matt wax into the mold to get the correct size
for the glue gun.

The best use for this method is to use the matt red wax to create
flexible wax wire for prong work. Just melt the wax in the gun and
then shoot a line of it onto a sheet of glass window pane (about 11"
x 12") sort of like you were using a caulking gun. The wax will
automatically form a rounded wire as soon as it hits the glass.

Have Fun.
Ted Curtis

I love my Matt gun- wouldn’t be without it. Not only do I use it for
abstract shapes which I can cut and join and reshape, but I also use
it for the base shapes for all sorts of things, often working
directly on the paper where I’ve printed out the design. Once I have
the base shape in the Matt wax, I can work over it in other waxes,
refining and adding details. The Matt wax is so durable that the
model keeps its shape during the subsequent work. I also use it for
wax wires and prongs, since it’s so much stronger than any of the
wax wires out there.

My only criticism of it is that there’s not an even finer tip for
it, for really small wax extrusion. I have an old Vigor trigger
press wax extruder which is much finer, but it clogs easily and I’ve
gotten some pretty severe burns from it. I recently bought a set of
batik wax pens which have a small reservoir and heat over an alcohol
lamp. They work pretty well with Sierra Red wax.

Janet Kofoed

Did you know that you can do the same thing with a $5 hot glue gun?

Talia in Kansas

I could never make it work for me. I do use
the Matt gun, but find it limiting. Marion

I use Matt gun mostly to create unusual shapes. Sometimes I carve
something from water soluable wax and then I use Matt gun to cover
this shape with wire. When I plunge this into water the water
soluable wax dissolves and the outer shape stays as it is. For
example it can be a ball shape or a fish etc. Kind regards from
Turkey, Oya Borahan,