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 Glue Types and Information 

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Clear
Instant
Fabric, foam, paper, and wood.
This tape has a red peel-away liner for easier use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clear
5 minutes
Wood, stone, glass, ceramics, metal, rhinestones and cabochons.
Mixing the equal parts is easier because of the syringe packaging.
 
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.
Clear
Dries in 8 hours. Washable after 72 hours.
Fabric, paper and wood.
This glue lets you create repositionable dots of adhesive.
Clear
Dries in 8 hours. Washable after 72 hours.
Fabric
This glue is very stretchable even when dry!
Crystal clear
Dries in 2 to 5 hours. Washable in 72 hours.
Fabric
This is great for locking in knots, quilting and more.
Clear
Sets in 60 seconds. Washable in 72 hours.
Fabric
This glue lets you use your iron to quickly "sew" hems.
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.
 
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 
Clear and flexible
Fast--can vary depending on the climate
Fabric, paper, wood, plastic, glass, ceramics, metal and rhinestones.
Great for adhering unusual shapes.
Clear
Depends on thickness and climate.
Fabric
Use this to make ''needles'' on the end of your silk thread.
Clear
35 to 40 seconds
Leather, fabric, foam, paper, plastics and wood.
This glue will stay clear, as opposed to yellowing.
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.
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.
Crystal clear
In seconds
Wood, plastic, stone, glass, ceramics, metal and opaque cabochons.
Fine-tip applicator and gap-filling qualities.
 
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.
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.
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.
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!
Clear
Instant
Paper
This is photo safe, so great for scrapbook projects.
Clear
Instant bond
Polymer clays, vinyl, plastics and ceramics.
This is made to withstand baking up to 300-degrees Fahrenheit.
 
Clear
Instant
Paper
This can be easily rubbed off, without leaving a residue, to allow for repositioning.
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.
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.
Crystal clear
24 hours
Leather, fabric, paper, wood, plastic, glass, ceramics and metal.
The flexibility makes it great to use when using fabrics.
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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Customer Comments

We would like to share some of the customer comments we received in response to the "Glue Types and Information" guide, featured in a newsletter. Please keep in mind that the comments expressed below are those of our customers and do not reflect the views of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.

"I am new to beading so I LOVED the video (as well as the information) on your site about all the different glues and how to use them!!!"
- Edith

"Thank you so much for the glue chart and even more, the very informative video on my favorite glues. I had no idea that Hypo Cement made a fabric glue and am thrilled to have that information. What I learned in the video is priceless. I appreciate all the information that Fire Mountain Gems makes available for us jewelry makers, especially me, a novice who needs all the tips and help I can get."
- Adrienne

"I totally enjoyed the glue info and video....Thank you soooooo much....All of the teaching videos on Fire Mountain Gems have always helped with my understanding and learning...Thank you again."
- BillieJo


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