What’s The Best Glue To Use For Your Next Craft Project?

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Have you ever looked for a glue for that craft project and you just didn’t know what glue to use? How about you bought a glue and it didn’t work, so you wasted your money on something you were just going to throw in your junk draw or in the trash! Well we’ve decided to give you an extensive list of adhesives and glues, and tell you what craft each one is best suited for your project. Maybe this will help when you’re looking for the right glue for your next creation. If we missed any adhesive/glue on this list, let us know and we’ll hunt down the information and add it here.

-Sakura 3D Crystal Lacuer  www.Sakuracraft.com

My first adhesive/glue wasn’t even made for use as a glue. Personally I Love It! It works great for all types of jewelry craft. You can use it for glass, plastic, acrylic, metal, shells, whatever. Obviously I swear by this stuff! It’s intended use was to create a 3D crystal lacquer effect and used on jewelry. You add the lacquer to a picture, or piece of printed paper and it creates a three-dimensional effect. You can still use it for that, but I use it as an adhesive. There is no strong fumes, dries clear, and it’s permanent. It takes about two hours to dry, but you can reposition your pieces if you need to. I let my jewelry dry overnight just to be safe. Also all you need is a drop of it for each gluing project. I have a 4 fl oz bottle that I’ve had for about 8 month, and I do a lot of gluing. Check out my website shops. Next time I buy this product I plan on buying it in a large bottle:-)

-3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue

The best feature of this glue is that it dries crystal clear, it has instant grab, and it’s fast drying. It’s great for hundreds of creative uses. Ideal for wood, floral, cork, glitter, beads, trims,ceramics, fabric, cardboard, foam, stone, and plastic. Acid-free, waterproof, non-run formulas for the greatest versatility and convience. TIP: Pre-wash fabrics, surfaces must be clean, dry, and free from dust for maximum adhesion. Cover surfaces with newspaper or plastic. Glue dries quickly so work with small areas to prevent glue from drying too rapidly. Always keep cap on the bottle to prevent evaporation.

-Bead Enhance

Create one-of-a-kind beads with just a drop or two of Bead Enhance Glue, to make unique designs. This permanent glue works well with glass, metal, ceramic, and plastic beads. Make one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings, beaded barret’s, any type of wearable that are decorated with beads. Non-toxic; easy clean-up when wet; dries clear and strong.  TIP: Useful items to have on hand when using Bead Enhance: mild soap, paper towel, beeswax (optional), tweezers, toothpick, and cotton swabs. Clean your beads before beginning. Remove all residue. Add one embellishment at a time and let dry. Wipe off excess with cotton swab. Glue sets in 30 minute and is completely dry in 24 hours. If glue dries around embellishment use some acetone to clean up area. Cover all work surfaces with plastic. Store at room temperature, avoid freezing.

-Beacon 527

Suitable for a wide variety of household and yard jobs, home decor, craft projects, and many types of repairs. Great for use on china, ceramics, metal, tile, shells, gems, leather, paper, cork, glass, wood, cardboard, jewelry, canvas, beads, and wire. Dries clear, fast, and is flexible when dry. Super strong formulas is waterproof. TIPS: All surfaces must be clean, dry and free from dust for glue to adhere properly. Apply a thin layer to one side, and press both sides together. Glue dries in 2 hours, maximum strength achieved in 24 hours. Clean up with acetone while glue is wet. Cover all surfaces with newspaper or plastic. You need a well ventilated area away from sparks or flame.

-Dazzle-Tack

An extra strong, permanent glue for base metals, semi-precious stones, glass, beads, mirror, wire, mosaics, glitter, and plastic. Convenient nozzle tip for precise application. Quick grab for immediate hold, always flexible and never brittle. Dries crystal clear, waterproof and UV resistant for greater durability. Superior impact resistant formulas so that stones and findings stay put.  TIP: Surfaces must be clean and dry from dust and any residue before gluing. Use sparingly, too much can result in oozing.  Allow 24 hours for glue to permanently dry, bond will increase in strength over time. Protect surface of work area. Suitable for some plastic but shiny plastics may need to be lightly sanded. For tiny stones or wire apply glue with a toothpick.

-Gem-Tac

Perfect for slick to porous applications. Great for bonding lace, fabrics, trims, and decorative wire to glass, ceramics, patent leather, wood, vinyl, leather, beads, gems, glitter, metal, and wire. Excellent for attaching rhinestones, gems, mirror, pearls and other embellishments to a wide variety of materials. Permanent, water-based, non-toxic and washable. Requires only a small amount to hold; dries clear. Creates wonderful wearable, gifts, home decor, and can also be used for general household repairs. TIP: Poke a whole in the applicator tip with a large paper clip to release a more precise line of glue. To cover larger surfaces, snip tip near top. Easily cleaned with water when wet. Requires only a small amount to really hold; position item gently (NO PRESSING HARD) to prevent oozing or soaking through. It gets strong when exposed to heat from dryer. Pre-wash fabric to remove sizing, clean slick surfaces before applying glue. Do not freeze.

-Tiger Bond

One-part permanent glue for almost any surface–leather, metals, stone, tile, wood, ceramics, brick, glass, porcelain, beads, gems, and glitter. Dries clear without any forming or expansion. Never yellows or becomes brittle over time. Non-toxic, non-flammable formula is pleasant and safe to use.  TIPS: Always protect work surface. Make sure items to be glued are clean and free of dust. Cover work surface with plastic or newspaper. Apply glue evenly to one surface. Gently press surfaces together to prevent oozing. Allow to dry at least 24 hours. Remove wet glue with water. Once dry glue is permanent. Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

-E-6000

Industrial strength E6000 is a clear drying flexible epoxy that works well on wood, metal, glass, ceramics, rubber, vinyl, leather, and (most) plastics. Much better than rubber cement. Dries clear, though can form bubbles if you’re trying to use it as a sealant. It can be hard to get to the perfect amount of glue, and can goop out the sides a little if you’re trying to glue something together. It takes about 30 minutes to an hour to make two items stick together, and at least a full 24 hours for the bond to really set in. If used properly it’s very unlikely to pull the two pieces apart. It’s weaknesses are Styrofoam and gluing things that are not laying flat–it takes a long time to dry that gravity will move things around before the bond sets in. MSDS WARNING: FIRE; EXPLOSIVE HAZARDS: Product is non-flammable and non-explosive under normal conditions of use. At high temperatures, product decomposes to give off hydrochloric acid as gas plus other toxic and irritating vapors such as phosgene and chlorine. If storage containers are exposed to excessive heat, over-pressurization can result in container rupture. HEALTH RISKS AND SYMPTOMS OF EXPOSURE: Dizziness may occur at 200 PPM: progressively higher levels can cause irritation of the respiratory tract, drunkenness, nausea, in coordination, unconsciousness and even asphyxiation in confined poorly ventilated areas. Overexposure can cause CNS damage (Central Nervous System). SKIN & EYE CONTACT HEALTH RISKS AND SYMPTOMS OF EXPOSURE: EYES: Product in eyes can result in discomfort, pain, and irritation. Vapors may irritate the eyes at about 100PPM (Parts Per Million). SKIN: Irritation can develop following repeated and/or prolonged contact and may cause drying or flaking of skin. Read more about other health risks on the label.

-WELDBOND

Is a non-toxic and conforms to ASTM DA236 standards (Standard Practice for Labeling A Material f or Chronic Health Hazards). Welbond doesn’t test on animals and it doesn’t contain any animal by-products. It has been tested for environmental safety and performance. It’s a universal adhesive for glass, wood, plastic, slates, tiles, building panels, boards and blocks, cement, brick, cement, concert, linoleum, fabrics, and more. Weldbond is white in its container but dries clear. It is water-resistant but not waterproof, impervious to gasoline, oil, grease, salt, molds and fungi, weak alkalies and weak acids, is non-staining and will not become brittle with age. It creates a flexible bond. It’s concentrated and can be thinned with clean water only. It is ready for use, it does not require heating or mixing. Make sure all surfaces to be bond are clean and free from ridges that would prevent 100% contact. Remove all loose particles. All oil, grease and dirt must be removed. Porous surfaces must be sealed with 1 part Weldbond to 5 parts water. Porous surfaces can be determined by dropping a small amount of water on the surface. If the water is readily absorbed, surface is porous. If water beads on the surface it is not porous. Check for warping of material and use clamping where warping is evident.  **NOTE: The sealing mixture should not be used where water alone would have an adverse effect, i.e. on water-soluble fillers.  TIP: Bonding Porous Surfaces: First seal both surfaces as above.  Allow to dry (approx. 1 hour then spread thin-film of Weldbond over both surfaces and clamp lightly to tape until cured. Bonding Non-Porous Materials: Spread thin-film on both surfaces. Leave open for 1 to 2 minutes to become tacky and slightly transparent, then squeeze both surfaces together with a slight turning motion. The Longer it is left to cure, the stronger the bond. When cured the bond is clear. Higher temperature and lower humidity speeds curing. Glue can be applied with a brush, roller, sponge, spray gun, or soft broom. Rinse tools thoroughly with clean water after use. Using Weldbond as an additive will improve moisture resistance and reduce porosity in concert/cement mixes/grout and plasters. ECONOMY: Concentrated Weldbond provides substantially more coverage than other adhesives if used appropriately and dilutes for further economy. It can be diluted with  up to 25% water to make a lower cost glue suitable for applications such as dense wood and glass to glass. Even this diluted mixture creates an exceptional bond.

-G-S HYPO CEMENT

Good for all types of work with fabric, textiles, leather, plastic and foam. This is a great glue to use for sealing knots. Precision point applicator dries crystal clear. Perfect for all kinds of precise applications:

-Jewelry

-Watch Repair

-Bead Work

-Model Building

-Model Railroads

-Fly Fishing

-Creative Crafts

-Bead Kits

-Doll Making

-Miniatures

-Ceramics

-Ceramic Repair

-Plastic Repair

-Fine Screw Locking

-Ophthalmic Applications

-Industrial Applications

-General Household Repair

-TIPS & TRICKS: Flatten tube as you use it up; do not roll it. Insert cap wire when not in use. Clean needle-point area with rubbing alcohol before closing up. Long lasting and easy to use: Dries water clear. Built-in Applicator. Will not damage surfaces. No waste a precision product. Sets in 10 minutes. Allows parts to be positioned before setting. Recommended for non-porous surfaces. Ideal for all plastics, beading, ceramics, glass and more. Medium strength cement. Will not bond fingers. Excess easily removed with rubbing alcohol. A tried and tested product.

**OUTGASSING: DURING THE FIRST SEVERAL MINUTES AFTER APPLICATION, FUMES FROM THE CHEMICALS WILL EVAPORATE SO THAT THE REMAINING LIQUID IS MORE VISCOUS, THIS FEATURE ENABLES THE USER TO MOUNT PLASTIC ARTICLES WHICH OTHERWISE CRAZE OR CHEMICALLY ATTACKED.

**SETTING TIME: THIS CEMENT AND ITS PRECISION APPLICATOR ARE NOT INTENDED TO JOIN ARTICLES WITH LARGE SURFACE AREA. SETTING TASKES PLACE WITHIN 10 MINUTES AND FULL HARDENESS  DRYING OCCURES WITHIN AN HOUR.

**SOLUBILITY: G-S HYPO CEMENT CAN BE DISSOLVED BY ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL OR BENZENE.

**SURFACE PREPARATION: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE TWO SURFACES BEING JOINED ARE CLEAN AND FREE FROM DIRT. THE CEMENT IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR POROUS SURFACES.

**MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET (MSDS) AVAILABLE** PDF LINK: gshypocement.com/hypocement_techspecs.html

**This cement comes in a fabric version. It’s especially made for fabrics.**

-Gorilla Glues

Regular White: Tough  repairs on dissimilar surfaces, both indoors and out. Dries in 10 minutes. Clamp time 1-2 hours. 100% waterproof. Some expansion of glue. Dry color-soft white to light brown. Sanable, Stainable, and Paintable.  USE ON: Wood, Metal, Stones, Ceramics, Glass, Plastics, PVC Sheet, Brick, concrete, Foam, Paper, Rubber.

Super Glue: Strong instant bonding. Impact-tough formula for a less brittle bond. Instant repairs on smaller projects. Not repositionable. Clamp time 30-60 minutes. Light handling after 1-5 minutes. Not recommended for outdoor use. No glue expansion. Dries translucent. Sandable.  USE ON: Wood, Metal, Stone, Ceramics, Plastic, PVS Sheet, Brick, Paper, Rubber.

Wood Glue: Stronger, Faster Wood Glue with stronger clamp-time. Building, carpentry, hobby projects using any type of wood. Clamp Time 20-30 minutes. Drying time 1-2 hours. Water resistant. Glue no expansion. Dry color natural wood color. Sandable.  USE ON: Wood.

Epoxy Glue: Strong permanent, fast and gap-filling bond. Great for multiple surface application. Clamp time as needed to form initial bond. Drying time- undisturbed for 9 minutes. Water resistant. No glue expansion. Dry color light tan. Paintable. **VERY STRONG FUMES**   USD ON:  Wood, Metal, Stone, Ceramics, Glass, Plastic, PVC Sheet, Brick, Concerte, Foam.

-Epoxy 220

This is an amber clear glue that bonds strongly with a slow setting time. It is used to bond gems, materials to metal findings as it will take a high polish for inlaying. This adhesive can’t be used for bonding non porous components such as metal findings, glass, China, ceramics, stone, metals, and more. Hardens in 30 minutes with the use of a heat lamp. Epoxy 220 has ultimate tensile strength and will resist thermal shock, making this a great adhesive to have on your jeweler’s bench. **VERY STRONG FUMES.**

-Jewel Bond Glue

Bonds decorative embellishments to fabrics. You can use it to add anything from gems and rhinestones to sequins and glitter. This glue is washable, flexible and dries clear. It will not stain most fabrics. Trey using it the next time you feel the urge to create something fancy. Dries Clear.

-Jewelers Epoxy

Clear, colorless, hard, can be colored by adding dust of the material you are working on. Waterproof, does not shrink, not affected by water, oil or gasoline. Use for projects that need a strong bond. This adhesive is great for gluing cabochons to bezels or attaching an earring to a backing. It is very strong. Epoxy will only harden once it is mixed with the curing agent. This two-part epoxy has a nozzel that measures and dispenses the proper amounts so there’s no guesswork on the formula. This epoxy will not shrink or be affected by water, oil or gasoline. Make sure to use proper ventilation when using this product.  **VERY STRONG FUMES.**

-Sticky Ass Glues:

SAG4oz

This is the best glue on the market. Whether you’re using it as a home repair glue, a shoe glue, a woodworking glue, or a construction glue; there’s no doubt about it, this is a versatile glue. 100% Waterproof solids polyurethane adhesive. It will successfully bond dozens of various substances including fiberglass, wood, ESP board, aluminum, PVC, plastic, foam, brick, concert, ceramic, stone, glass, Formica, ABS, cardboard, tile, rubber, granite, travertine, dry wall, and more. Whether you’re a hobbyist, or crafters this is the glue you need any time you need to adhere two surfaces together, whether same or one porous and one nonporous and smooth. Doesn’t matter–This glue can do it right the first time. It makes a great craft glue for objects that have stubborn surfaces (like plastic and glass_ that will not stick together with other glues. It is recommended that this glue be used while wearing protective rubber gloves. When dry it’s stubbornly strong.  TIPS: This glue works very well for lots of household repairs where epoxy glue or some other contact adhesives is not necessary. However, it is not a substitute for epoxy glue or other contact adhesives. This glue does not become sticky right after application. The plus side is that you have plenty of time to maneuver something into position, and if you make a mistake, you can easily move what you are gluing to another position. The downside is that for some applications you need some kind of external clamp from the start to keep the glued pieces together. So depending on the repair, epoxy or some other contact adhesive may be preferable to work with because the glued pieces stick together almost immediately. As it cures and dries it swells and puffs up. It enlarges 3x the volume of glue you used on the job. Take this into consideration when you apply the glue. You can trim the excess with a knife. This excess trimming is better accomplished before the glue has entirely dried. 3-4 hours to hold hard. 24 hours for top strength.

Sticky Ass H2No: This sealant is solvent-free. MS Polymer adhesive sealant that will seal and bond an extensive variety of materials including wood, metal, fiberglass, concrete, glass, and plastic. Because this is mold and water-resistant, as well as UV and weather resistant, this non-yellowing sealant is ideal for both indoor and outdoor projects. It also boasts other benefits for users needing an adhesive sealant with incredible initial high tack. Virtually odorless, and completely color stable, and paitable. H2No is not a typical Silicone or Polyurethane sealant, making it a more eco-friendly sealant than competing sealants on the market. It can also be used as a caulk.

-Amazing Goop Glue

This is a contact adhesive and sealant. It bonds and seals. It glues whatever bonds you create, forever. It will glue ASB, PVC, Brass, Copper, Aluminum, and Ceramic. It’s paintable.  TIPS:  Surface must be clean, dry, and  free of dirt. Use in a well ventilated area. Test on a small area first. Apply to each surface to be glued. Allow to sit 2-10 minutes to cure. Allow bond to set for 24 hours. Always clean tube threads with naphtha or acetone. Store at room temperature with cap tightened. It’s not recommended for polystyrene, or polypropylene plastics, and cannot be used on Styrofoam or paper. It can be used as an excellent water-resistant sealant and is water-resistant immediately on application. You can use it in 50-60 degree temperatures, and it will withstand 40-100 degrees fahrenheit. DO NOT USE on any objects that are meant for animals, food or drinking water. It can be used for sealing pipes, gutters, and porcelain fixtures, and it is stronger than silicone on PVC or garden hoses. It won’t break or crack under pressure.

-Amazing Goop Craft: Great for: canvas, ceramic, fabric, leather, metal, vinyl, and wood.

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About jewelsdesignscreativecorner

I'm a designer/artist/crafter and all around creative professional. I've been honing my skills for the past 47 years. Since I was a small child. I sold my first piece of art when I was about 7 years old. I'm an entrepreneur and a business owner (JewelsDesigns.org). I display and sell my designs on many different art and social venues. From Facebook to YardSellr to Myspace to LinkedIn, and many more. I'm always interested in featuring my peers in the art world, and do so regularly on my website. My motto is: "If something is done with artistic intent, then it is considered art." I am a mother of one 30 year old daughter and a grandma to a 6 year old grandson, who is the love of my life:-) I love to go camping and fishing, and I've caught some huge bass and catfish! I recently got married for the second time, and I'll be married, to the other love of my life, four years on Sept.1st. I love to read, watch movies with my husband, spend time with my little man, listen to music, and........

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  1. Thank you for your post. Might I ask you a question?
    I am doing a project where I have to glue cork to more cork. It must be flexible and withstand temperature extremes. What would you suggest for a glue?
    Thanks!!

  2. I have a question that OK hoping you can answer. I am redoing a lil tikes truck for my niece. The problem is she wants it pink camo. So I was planning on using fabric bonded to the plastic. What should I use to give me a good strong bond that wont come loose over time? Think if it as mod poge kind of possess…thank you!

  3. Saw this very complete list and discussion but don’t see the “Best Glue Ever” by ScraPerfect listed. Seriously– just like the name says– it does so many things that specialty glues do–but you don’t need a different glue for every application! It is the best for glitter and other fine bling because of the super-fine writing tip, it doesn’t wrinkle with paper to paper, or adhering embellishments made of plastic, wood, cork, foam, ribbon, metal foil. It’s super-strong, fast-grab, dries clear, flexible, tacky and permanent. you can even make your own glue spots. It’s not a repair glue for plastic or china, though as it dries flexible.

  4. Thank you so much for this. I have just discovered a love for arts and crafts and your post really helped. Thanks for sharing your wealth of experiences 🙂

  5. I have been using E6000 to attach foil backed rhinestones to leather but they keep coming off. Do you have a reccomendation for another adhesive to use for leather clothing.

  6. I am putting crystals to cloth cording on a high used item, and need a FAST QUICK drying glue that absorbs quickly into the threads quickly and holds in an angled position immediately so it doesn’t slide. This is a high volume assembly so I need something that works well and fast. Non toxic because it is in a closed area, around a lot of people.

  7. WOW! I feel like a glue guru now! Thank-you so much. I keep buying glue based on the labels, and so I have a ton of glue that seemed useless to me. Now, I can go through it and know what to do with each type. I can keep what I need and give to other crafters the stuff that sounded good, but was useless for me.
    Quit reading this and post another blog! Maybe one on wiring pendants???

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