Sunday 30 October 2011

What glue should I use to make jewellery?

Finding the correct glue to use can be frustrating, because you don't  want to find that after a short time after you've made something its falling apart because you used the wrong glue.

Here are a few of the glues available with an explanation of their best uses.  All can be bought at International Craft - wholesale jewellery supplies.

Epoxy Glue Very strong

A very strong 2-part epoxy glue which is sometimes available in a very convenient syringe dispenser which ensures that equal amounts of the 2 parts are dispensed in an easy and even flow. A very fast acting  adhesive that dries in 5-10 minutes.  Can dry with a slight yellow tint and so is not recommended for use on translucent stones as the colour may show through.

Recommended for fixing cabochons to fittings and for any other jewellery making where a strong bond is required. Stronger than super glue. Dries in 5-10minutes.

Hypo Cement Glue Medium strength

G-S Hypo Cement was invented in 1930's for use in the watchmaking and jewellery repair industries. It is a combination fine precision tool and a crystal clear drying, medium-strength cement that will not damage surfaces. The cement is ideal for jewellery, beads, plastic, glass, metal, ceramics, painted or sealed woods and other non-porous surfaces and is perfect for sealing knots. This is a no-waste product that is ideal for many applications.
This is not an "instant glue." It becomes tacky in 10 - 15 seconds, allows parts to be adjusted, sets in 10 to 15 minutes and fully dries in about an hour. 

Recommended for jewellery work where precision is needed.  Good for positioning beads on a illusion styled necklace. Also good for holding knots on a stretch elastic bracelets.  Great for use when making photo jewellery as the glue dries crystal clear.


Packaged with a unique, built-in precision applicator, makes intricate fabric and textile projects effortless and mess-free. The clear-drying Hypo Fabric Cement holds fast to fabric, textiles, leather, plastic, arts; crafts, appliques, costuming, beads, foam sheets, yarn and home decor projects. The cement is fast drying, and can be laundered in as little as 24 hours.  

Recommended for glueing rhinestones to clothing.

Super Glue Strong

The Original Super Glue® is a name synonymous around the world with strength, quality, and durability. Original formula Super Glue forms the strongest bonds on clean breaks of non-porous material such as plastic, rubber, and metal, and once exposed to air it bonds instantly and sets in seconds.

Super Glue Pen style applicators provide a simple, easy-to-use and easy-to-store solution for quick repair projects. Great when you're looking for a precise application - just press the pen point down on the surface to release the glue and lift to stop. 

Recommended for where speed is of the essence. Do not use on elastic cord.

1 comment:

Handmade Jewellery said...

Really useful tips. Thanks.