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Glue Types and Information


Properties, uses and additional facts for more than 45 types of glues and adhesives.

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Acid-Free Tape Clear Instant Fabric, foam, paper, and wood. This tape has a red peel-away liner for easier use.
Apoxie® Paste
Slightly translucent
1 - 3 hour working time. Fully cures after 24 hours Foam, wood, stone, ceramics, metal, rhinestones and cabochons. This waterproof paste can be tinted to match your designs.
Apoxie Sculpt
Opaque
1 - 3 hour working time. Fully cures after 24 hours. Wood, plastic, stone, glass, metal, rhinestones and cabochons. This moldable adhesive is great for use in pavé designs.
Araldite®
Very light ivory color
90 minutes Fabric, foam, paper, wood, plastic (except for polyethylene, polypropylene and Teflon®), stone, glass, ceramics, metal, rhinestones and cabochons. This two-part epoxy provides you with a waterproof connection.
Bond-A-Dot An opaque fabric-like material Instant Wood, stone, glass, ceramics, metal, rhinestones without foil backing and cabochons. These dots can be cut to the size you need.
Devcon® 5 Minute® 2-part Epoxy Clear 5 minutes Wood, stone, glass, ceramics, metal, rhinestones and cabochons. Mixing the equal parts is easier because of the syringe packaging.
 
Devcon 2 Ton® Clear, 30-minute, 2-part Epoxy Clear 30 minutes Wood, stone, glass, ceramics, metal, rhinestones and cabochons. This is as strong as the 5-minute version, but allows more working time.
E-6000® Extreme Clear Dries in 8 hours. Washable after 72 hours. Fabric, paper and wood. This glue lets you create repositionable dots of adhesive.
E-6000 Fabri-Fuse Clear Dries in 8 hours. Washable after 72 hours. Fabric This glue is very stretchable even when dry!
E-6000 Fray Lock Crystal clear Dries in 2 to 5 hours. Washable in 72 hours. Fabric This is great for locking in knots, quilting and more.
E-6000 Stitchless Clear Sets in 60 seconds. Washable in 72 hours. Fabric This glue lets you use your iron to quickly "sew" hems.
E-6000 Jewelry and Bead™ Clear 24 to 72 hours Fabric, stone, glass and metal. Because this glue is flexible once dry, it makes a great choice for securing knots.
 
E-6000 Jewelry and Craft Adhesive Cloudy Sets in about 10 minutes. Fully cured in 24 to 72 hours. Fabric, wood, stone, glass, ceramics, metal and rhinestones without foil backing. Flexibility when this glue dries helps to make sure it won't crack with movement.
E-6000 Jewelry and Craft Adhesive White Opaque white Sets in about 10 minutes. Fully cured in 24 to 72 hours. Fabric, wood, stone, glass, ceramics, metal and rhinestones without foil backing. This is the same formula you may be used to in E-6000, but white.
E-6000 Jewelry and Craft Adhesive Black Opaque black Sets in about 10 minutes. Fully cured in 24 to 72 hours. Fabric, wood, stone, glass, ceramics, metal and rhinestones without foil backing. This is the same formula you may be used to in E-6000, but black.
E-6000 Shoe Dazzle™ Clear Sets in about 10 minutes. Fully cured in 24 to 72 hours. Leather, fabric, vinyl and rhinestones without foil backing. Designed specifically for use on most shoe materials, allowing you to bling out your heels!
E-6000 Spray Adhesive Translucent white 1 to 5 hours Leather, fabric, rubber, foam, vinyl, paper, wood, plastic and metal. This is odor free and cleans up with warm water.
Epoxy 220 Transparent amber 12 hours at room temperature or 20 minutes under a heat lamp. Stone, ceramics, metal and cabochons. This is one of the strongest holds in jewelry adhesives.
 
Epoxy 330 Clear with a blue tint 1 hour at room temperature or 10 minutes under a heat lamp. Stone, ceramics, metal and cabochons. This epoxy is a good choice for bonding gemstones to metal findings.
GORILLA™ Epoxy Impact-Tough™ Formula Light tan 5 minutes working time. Undisturbed for 90 minutes. Light handling, 24 hours for 100% dry. Foam, wood, plastic (except polyethylene, polypropylene and Teflon), stone, glass, ceramics and metal. This water-resistant epoxy has a slight gap-filling quality that can be helpful when working with slightly uneven surfaces.
GORILLA glue Light tan 3 - 4 hours for light handling. 24 hours for 100% dry. Foam, wood, plastic (except polyethylene, polypropylene, and Teflon), stone, glass, ceramics, and metal. This glue is non toxic, acid free, waterproof and stainable/paintable.
Gorilla Glue Precision Pen White 5 minutes for light handling. 24 hours for 100% dry. Foam, wood, stone, glass, ceramics, and metal. This glue expands to 3 to 4 times the surface area you apply--a little goes a long way.
GORILLA Super Glue Impact-Tough Formula Translucent 30 to 60 seconds Wood, metal, stone, ceramics and plastic (except polyethylene, polypropylene and Teflon). Once you apply your pieces they can't be repositioned, but the fully dried glue can be sanded.
 
G-S Hypo Cement Crystal clear 10 minutes Wood if painted or sealed, plastic, glass, ceramics, metal, rhinestones and cabochons. This was originally created for watch makers, but the durability of the adhesive and the precision tip make it perfect for jewelry designers too.
G-S Hypo Fabric Cement Crystal clear 10 minutes Leather, fabric, paper, balsa wood, plastic and rhinestones without foil backing. This flexible glue is great for sealing knots and is washable. You can launder fabric that has this glue applied once it has dried for at least 24 hours.
Helmar® Acid-Free Gemstone Glue Clear Fast--can vary depending on the climate Plastic, stone, glass, rhinestones and cabochons. While the name of this particular product is Acid Free, all Helmar adhesives are acid free and photo safe.
Helmar Clear Silicone Sealant Clear Fast--can vary depending on the climate Rubber, plastic, glass, glazed ceramics and metal. This is acid free with a neutral cure, so it's ideal for archival-quality work.
Helmar Super-Tac Clear and flexible Fast--can vary depending on the climate Fabric, paper, wood, plastic, glass, ceramics, metal and rhinestones. Great for adhering unusual shapes.
 
Henrietta's® gum arabic Clear Depends on thickness and climate. Fabric Use this to make ''needles'' on the end of your silk thread.
Hot Glue Stick Clear 35 to 40 seconds Leather, fabric, foam, paper, plastics and wood. This glue will stay clear, as opposed to yellowing.
Jewel Bond™ Glue Crystal clear Can be handled in 24 hours. Fabric, stone, rhinestones and cabochons. This is made specifically for embellishing fabric. Your fabric can be washed by hand after 5 days of drying.
Loctite® 409 Gel Crystal clear Instant bond Wood, plastic, stone, glass, ceramics, metal and cabochons. Gap-filling qualities and extended life by refrigeration make this a go-to adhesive.
Loctite 454 Gel Crystal clear In seconds Wood, plastic, stone, glass, ceramics, metal and opaque cabochons. Fine-tip applicator and gap-filling qualities.
 
Loctite Prism® 406 Crystal clear In seconds Fabric, plastic, glass, metal and cabochons. The gap-filling properties and the fine-tip applicator are a perfect match for cord ends.
Mod Podge® Gloss-Lustré glue sealer Clear with a high gloss Depends on thickness and material applied to. Paper and fabric. Is perfect for scrapbooking and can also be used as a sealer.
Paper Bead Girl Adhesive™ Transparent Very quickly Paper This is specifically made to glue and seal paper--give it a try when you're working with a Paper Bead Roller.
PASCOFix® Clear Instantly Rubber, wood, plastics (except for polyethylene, polypropylene or Tefleon), stone, glass ceramics, metal, rhinestones and cabochons. One of the strongest instant glues we know of--use only a drop at a time!
Permanent Tape Roller Clear Instant Paper This is photo safe, so great for scrapbook projects.
 
Poly Bonder™ Clear Instant bond Polymer clays, vinyl, plastics and ceramics. This is made to withstand baking up to 300-degrees Fahrenheit.
Repositionable tape roller Clear Instant Paper This can be easily rubbed off, without leaving a residue, to allow for repositioning.
Super Glue® Single-Use Clear Instant Rubber, wood, plastics (except for polyethylene, polypropylene or Teflon), ceramics and metal. It doesn't take much; only use about one drop per square inch.
Super Glue® 5-Minute Epoxy Light yellow 5 minutes to set. Fully cured in 24 hours. Wood, glass, ceramics, metal and cabochons. For the best adhesion, roughen smooth surfaces with sand paper before applying the mixed epoxy.
Super Glue Future Glue® Clear Sets in seconds. Fully cured in 24 hours. Plastics (except for polyethylene, polypropylene or Teflon), rubber (except certain silicone types), metal, leather, wood and ceramics. While the best results are on clean and dry surfaces, this glue can bond through dirt and oil.
 
Super Glue Future Glue Brush-On Clear Sets in less than 30 seconds. Fully cured in 24 hours. Metal, leather, ceramics, plastics (except for polyethylene, polypropylene or Teflon), rubber and wood. The brush gives control of application; something that's important when working with fast-drying adhesives.
Super Glue Future Glue Gel Clear Sets in less than 30 seconds. Fully cured in 24 hours. Metal, vinyl, rubber (except for some silicone types), plastics, (except for polyethylene, polypropylene or Teflon), ceramics, wood and leather. This gel formula doesn't run or sag, so it works really well on vertical applications.
Super Glue Single-Use Gel Clear 10-30 seconds, with full strength in 24 hours Leather, metal, vinyl, rubber (except some silicone types), aluminum, ceramics, wood, china, pottery, and plastics (except for Teflon, polyethylene. This single-use size is perfect for a quick project, including in a jewelry making kit, or offering in a class.
Use Instructions: Note: For best results, surfaces should be clean and dry and items should fit together well.
  1. Protect clothing and work surfaces (metal foil works well). Use in well-ventilated area. Unscrew cap while keeping tube pointed away from face.
  2. Apply to one surface, using 1 drop per square inch of surface. Assemble parts and hold together with pressure for 15 seconds or until set.
  3. Wipe top of nozzle if adhesive has accumulated before recapping tube securely after use.
Safety and Handling Precautions: Contains cyanoacrylate. CAUTION: Eye Irritant. Bonds skin and eyes in seconds. Use with adequate ventilation Avoid contact with clothing as can cause burn. In case of eye contact, flush with water for 15 minutes; get medical attention for eye or internal contact. To remove from skin, soak in acetone nail polish remover and gently peel adhesive off with fingernail; water exposure will wear of residual adhesive in a few days (do not use polish remover around eye area.) KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

In case of emergency, call CHEMTREC at (800) 424-9300 or call Pacer Technology (800) 538-3091 (outside CA only) or (909) 987-0550.
The Ultimate! Adhesive Crystal clear 24 hours Leather, fabric, paper, wood, plastic, glass, ceramics and metal. The flexibility makes it great to use when using fabrics.
Vigor® Super Glue Clear 15 to 20 seconds Rubber, plastics, stone, glass, ceramics and metal. The tiny applicator is very helpful, especially when gluing knots.

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