ever been stumped when trying to figure out which kind of glue to use in your jewelry
shared a few tips from jewelry designer, Molly Schaller, which originally
appeared in the 2011 edition of Handcrafted Jewelry magazine.
Epoxy is a
heavy-duty, multipurpose adhesive that works well for permanently bonding
nonporous surfaces. Epoxy comes in a dispenser with two nozzles (one for the
epoxy, one for the setting agent) and a plunger that dispenses an equal amount
of each. Epoxy sets in five to thirty minutes, depending on the type.
- Attaching large stones or cabochons to mountings or bezels
- Attaching flat-back
crystals to other items
cement is a medium-duty, quick-drying, waterproof adhesive that's perfect for
most nonporous jewelry applications. It sets in around 10 minutes and dries
clear. The precision tip allows for simple and accurate application in tight
- Securing knots
- Affixing small
flat-back crystals or ephemera to other items
- Securing cord ends
contact adhesives are medium- to heavy-duty adhesives that can be used on
porous and nonporous surfaces. They work best when applied both to the item to
be glued and the surface it needs to stick to. Setting time is about an hour,
and curing time is about one to three days for a permanent bond.
flexibility is necessary in a bond, such as securing a knot on elastic cording
- On flat
- On irregular
surfaces, such as textured metal
- Attaching buttons, cabochons, or other found objects to jewelry blanks
- Attaching paper
and other embellishments to metal, leather, and other surfaces
- When you
need a water-resistant or waterproof bond
- To affix bead
embroidery to a backing material
has a thin consistency that helps it dry to near invisible. It works on all
nonporous surfaces, including metal.
you can't wait for glue to dry or cannot clamp the item to be glued into place
- When gluing
a round bead to a vertical surface
memory-wire ends to memory wire
- Attaching a
pinch bail to a crystal
fabric glues when working with fabric. Examples include: G-S Hypo Fabric
Cement, Fabri-Tac, Jewel Bond, or Gem-Tac.
with polymer clay, try Lisa Pavelka's Signature Series Poly Bonder or other
If you need
an adhesive/gloss when working with paper, use a product such as Mod Podge or
Nunn Design Glue, which dries clear.
Be sure to read
the manufacturer's directions and warnings before using any adhesives for
details on any safety risks involved with using the glue and information on
what materials to use it with.
And if you have tips of your own, please share them with your fellow jewelry artists in the comments section below!
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