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Topics: Swarovski Fancy Stones, Gluing, Settings

Q.
When I glue a Swarovski fancy stone into the setting, the glue oozes out the sides and makes a mess. What am I doing wrong, and what is the best way to clean off the extra glue without damaging the setting? Thanks,
- Pauline
A.
When setting the Swarovski fancy stones, only use enough AralditeĀ® Standard Epoxy to cover the bottom. When you place the stone in the setting, the epoxy will redistribute to the sides for a secure bond. If you have used too much, make sure to get to the excess glue right away before it has a chance to start setting up. While the epoxy is still wet, use a clean damp cloth to wipe away the excess. If the epoxy has time to dry, you will find it difficult if not impossible to remove without chemicals which may damage your stone and/or setting.

- Michelle Wood, Jewelry-Making Expert

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