(Closed) Adhesive for Crystals

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Do not use hot glue or super glue because it damages the foil on the back of the rhinestone.

Here’s a tip from Artbeads.com : Put a small piece of beeswax on the end of a toothpick, straw or some other disposable, narrow tipped object. Place a small amount of glue on a piece of cardboard. Pick up a rhinestone by pressing the beeswax to the top of the stone. Dip it lightly in the glue, and wipe off excess glue on cardboard if necessary. Press stone onto design, and hold down with your fingernail or tweezers while you take away the toothpick  with beeswax (or whatever you used)

I think plain white glue would work fine for attaching them to paper, and it dries clear.

Post # 4
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Newbee

We used Beacon’s 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue, from Michael’s. It’s clear and can be a biotch to get out but because the crystal are so small we didn’t really have a problem with the thickness of the glue. We used it to stick 4.2 gazillion to our table numbers that were wood.

I didn’t use tweezers, just pushed on the round part of the crystal with my finger and used it like the crane game at an arcade to move it to the glue spots. 

And ditto knudson, hot glue is bad for them. And there is something in super glue that can cause the silver backings to peel off.  

I wish you luck, I started going crazy around table #4.

Last thing, there is a glue out there, you can only order it online I think and it has a super teeny applicator tip, which would allow you to skip the toothpick tweezer route,  it’s called G-S Hypo Cement. Not sure if it works, but seems like it would kick arse. 

Post # 5
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Newbee

Last thing on the Hypo Cement, double check it’s OK for paper if you decide to go with it, I’m not 100% sure if it’s paper-safe, which may have been why I used Beacon’s instead. Just can’t remember.

Post # 7
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

I’m in the dance industry and ballroom gowns and latin dresses uses tens of thousands of Swarovski crystals.  A bunch of us use E6000 glue (you can buy this at Michael’s).  It comes in a grey/silver tube.  The glue is industrial strength, dries on clear, and the crystals will not fall off when washed.  I use toothpicks to apply the glue, others use tweezers.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

PS – I used E6000 to glue the crystals on my invitations too.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Alene’s Tack it is great too…Michael’s carries a variety of types for different orposes and they most dry clear

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I have a great thing called the Stone Styler – its like a little hot iron with a tip for picking up the crystal.  You can buy special crystals (swarovski hotfix) that already have a little adhesive on the back.  The iron picks up the crystal, heats the adhesive, and when you see the adhesive get shiny you just put the crystal down wherever you want it.  Super easy.  I got it a a local quilting store, but there is a website on the box:

http://www.thevintageworkshop.com

Post # 13
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Newbee

there are also hot fix crystals where there is glue already on the back and you just have to heat it up and glue.

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