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    Bella’s Corner: Adhesives for Metal/Jewelry

    Filed under Bella's Corner, Tutorials

    The following are adhesives that are currently carried by Alpha Stamps for Jewelry Making. Know of a really good adhesive for jewelry design? Then please, let me know!

    Diamond Glaze

    An acrylic sealant that’s thick and gives a nice clear finish to small artwork. No special tools needed (but a little patience while waiting for it to dry). Use for glazing photos, collage sheets, scrapbook papers, fabrics, inclusions (beads & other elements).

    You can mix dyes into the glaze to create faux stained glass. More info and how-to tips are here. Avoid shaking bottle to minimize bubbles. Watersoluble, but permanent when dry. Dries in 2-4 hours and comes in a 2 ounce bottle.

    PROS

    • Easy, easy, easy to use!
    • Non-toxic, but please don’t drink it.
    • Self-leveling.
    • Dries to a crystal clear and smooth permanent finish.
    • Add color with dye-based inks, watercolor, pearlescent pigments, and pastel chalks.

    CONS

    • Can have a REALLY strong reaction to copper, creating a dark/blue tint where the glaze comes in contact with the metal. (However sometimes this can look cool!)
    • It is NOT waterproof.

    G-S Hypo Cement

    Works for all types of non-porous bonding such as setting cabochons into a bezel, setting rhinestones on glass or metal, or gluing glass beads together. This glue was originally made for watchmakers. The tube has a pinpoint applicator that makes it possible to do precision gluing.

    PROS

    • Fine point application.
    • Dries quickly.

    CONS

    • You must use in a well ventilated area.
    • Tip can seep.

    Glossy Accents

    Glossy Accents is a dimensional, water-based, clear gloss medium. It’s perfect for adding dimension and magnifying distinct areas on any scrapbook page, album cover, rubber stamp or paper craft project.

    PROS

    • Glossy Accents dries to a hard, clear glossy finish.
    • Used under embellishments it makes them stick.
    • The very thin tip allows for precise placement and it is fast drying.
    • Can be used to fill in bezels, pendants, cabochons and small charms.

    CONS

    • Can be prone to having air bubbles, so watch carefully and don’t shake product.
      
    Posted by MizBella, July 4th, 2011

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