Most of us are familiar with the tried-and-true glues from our childhoods: Elmer’s Glue-All (great for creating “fake skin” on your hands that you can peel off once it’s dry to freak out your friends), Krazy Glue (instantly bonds everything, including fingertips!), Glue Stick (boring, but functional), and Blue Paste (are the Blue Door Bead gals the only kids who DIDN’T eat this stuff?).
However, there is a full range of glues on the market that are much better suited for jewelry projects. Below are some of our lessons learned & helpful facts about the glues we carry, as well as the ideal times to use them:
An easy, inexpensive glaze that results in a clear, glossy finish. Drying time is one hour to overnight, depending on the thickness of the application. It has a blue tint when wet, but dries clear. You can imbed objects easily to achieve collage-type effects in bezel settings, and it does not need UV light to cure! Keep in mind that it will drip off metal blanks without edges. Can be applied directly over laser jet images, acid-free paper (like scrapbook paper) and images made from colored pencils, permanent markers and alcohol inks; no sealant needed. Great for scrapbookers & beaders alike! Please be aware that Diamond Glaze does not dry to a glass-like hardness and it is not waterproof.
A thick, industrial strength adhesive that forms a permanent bond. It is flexible, paintable, waterproof, washer-dryer safe, photo-safe and non-flammable. It can be used on fabric, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, and more! The resulting bond also acts as a shock absorber; if you drop your glued item, it is less likely to pop apart upon impact if you used E-6000. We recommend applying E-6000 with a toothpick, as it comes out very thick. Dried E-6000 has the consistency of rubber cement and excess glue that you find after drying can be easily removed with a toothpick. Great for gluing large beads and stones into settings, gluing bails onto the back of cabochons, or embellishing hair clips with beads/buttons/etc.
Drying time is about 10 minutes. It works for all types of non-porous bonding, such as setting small cabochons into a bezel or gluing glass beads together. Ideal for sealing final knots when making a knotted necklace or bracelet, gluing the end knot of a stretchy bracelet, or adding an extra bit of security to a crimp end when making feather earrings (a thin coat of glue on the “tabs” of the fold-over crimps works great) . The tube has a pinpoint applicator that makes it possible to do precision gluing. When storing, ensure the needle has slid in correctly; if not closed properly, Hypo-Cement will dry around the tip & make it difficult to open next time.
It has a viscosity similar to honey, a greater gap-filling ability and a longer positioning time than some other glues. The cure time is approximately 50-60 seconds. Recommended for gluing stones into settings or gluing beads onto illusion cord for a “floating”-style necklace. Store unopened bottles in the freezer to extend shelf life. Bottles which have been opened will experience a shorter shelf life if put into cold storage.
Zap-A-Gap bonds almost immediately. It fills in small cracks and gaps between beads and can be used on metal, leather, rubber & more. Recommended for securing end caps (beads with a hole only on one side) to Memory Wire.
Zap Jewelry Gel
The thickest ZAP glue of all – great for filling gaps. The tube comes with a long tapered tip allowing precise application. Jewelry-makers like the high strength and the ability to apply just the right amount. Recommended for securing Kumihimo findings.
We hope you now have a better understanding of how helpful specific glues can be for your jewelry pprojects. Using glue that is appropriate for your project can make the difference between a long-lasting piece and one that comes apart the first time you wear it. Don’t become the victim of a failed jewelry project. Now go forth and glue with confidence, and bead boldly!
All glue product photos courtesy of http://www.helby.com.
Bezel jewelry photo courtesy of Blue Door Beads.
Button hair clip photo courtesy of http://www.thepleatedpoppy.com.
Feather earring photo courtesy of http://www.vintaj.com.
Floating necklace photo courtesy of http://www.serendipitytiaras.com.
Memory wire bracelet & ring photo courtesy of http://www.cc-craft.co.uk.
Memory wire end cap photo courtesy of http://www.dickblick.com.
Kumihimo end cap photo courtesy of http://www.etsy.com/shop/LythaStudios.
Kumihimo braid photo courtesy of http://www.meganraley.blogspot.com.