It can be tempting to reach for the closest pliers or tube of adhesive when you’re rushing through a project. Instead take the time to make sure you’re using products that are designed for jewelry making. Using the right supplies for your project will help you have a successful and enjoyable experience from the start!
This tip is especially important for adhesives. Using the wrong glue means you’re project won’t hold together the way you want. I’ve made the mistake of using super glue to seal the knot on a stretchy bracelet more than once. While super glue is handy for fixing things around the house, it’s not designed as a jewelry adhesive and can melt elastic cords. Now I know to use Hypo Tube Cement for my stretchy bracelets because it dries clear, stays flexible, and won’t eat through my Stretch Magic.
Since different adhesives work best on different materials, we’ve made a great chart to help you choose exactly the right glue for your project! This chart lists the properties of each adhesive we carry, along with their curing times, and the materials they’re designed to bond.
What’s your favorite jewelry adhesive?
Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen