Topics: Glues and Adhesives, Metal

Q.
I make rosaries with 8mm filigree silver bead caps with Czech glass beads. I have glued the bead cap onto the Czech 8mm bead so that it doesn't move apart when being handled in prayer. What type of adhesives are correct for this application?
- Wanda
A.
Most adhesives for non-porous surfaces will do the job. It would be best to use an adhesive that dries clear since many bead caps are filigree. A glue or adhesive with a curing time of about 30 minutes will allow you some working time. Helmar® foam or gemstone glues are options to consider as they work on multiple surface types and dry clear. Helmar Super-Tac glue is fast-acting and ideal for unusual shapes. G-S Hypo cement adhesive and E-6000® Jewelry and Craft Adhesive are also suitable adhesives for the materials you are working with but do take longer to cure. Follow manufacturer's instructions for best results.

- Sandra Lupo, Jewelry Designer and Instructor, Swarovski Elements Ambassador

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