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What is the best glue to use when gluing Swarovski Crystals?

Crystal Glue

Flat back Swarovski crystals are perfect for adding to a wide range of materials to adding some sparkle. They are made from lead glass and have a multi faceted face with a flat back on the reverse of the crystal that is available as foiled or un-foiled. The most popular style is the 2058 Swarovski Xilion Rose Enhanced which has 14 facets to provide the ultimate in dazzle. Rhinestones can be added to almost any surface, providing the correct adhesive is used to provide a suitable bond between the crystal and material. For some projects it may be necessary or appropriate to use more than one kind of adhesive if there are a variety of materials involved.

Preparation

i. If a materials surface is smooth such as rubber or plastic, lightly rubbing the surface with a fine emery cloth or sand paper will provide a better bonding surface.

ii. Pre wash any new fabric prior to adding adhesive to remove any sizing.

iii. A materials surface should be dry, clean and free of any dust, grease or oil before any adhesive is applied.

How to pickup Swarovski Crystals

i. Orange stick – For very small crystals ss5ss7 (used for nail art) an orange stick is the easiest tool to use, just wet the tip and the crystals will stick to it.

ii. Jewel Setter – A jewel setter is a plastic wand with a sticky wax bud on the end, gently touch the crystal and it will stick to the bud, the crystal can then be dabbed with glue and placed into position, or just placed onto a glue surface. The bud may leave wax residue on the crystals, which can be easily wiped off once the adhesive is dry.

iii. Precision tip tweezers – Larger crystal can be picked up with fine tipped tweezers.

Choosing the right adhesive for Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski recommend a range of adhesives for applying crystals to most materials as can be seen below.
Swarovski crystal adhesive guide

The Most Popular adhesives for Swarovski crystal rhinestones

There are a range of adhesives that are widely used by the craft and jewellery making communities that are outlined below. Some of these adhesives give off very strong fumes so care needs to be taken whilst using them.

Gem Tac Glue
Gem Tac Glue is manufactured by Beacon Adhesives it’s a permanent non-toxic water based glue, that is washable after 24 hours. It’s an extremely popular adhesive for adding crystals to fabric (dance costumes, t-shirts, jeans etc…) because it’s both strong easy to use and most importantly non-toxic so it’s safe to use in a confined space. Gemtac is clear and flexible when dry so provides a good bond for many surfaces as the glue wont crack if subjected to stress.
Gemtac can be used to embellish: Mobile phones, greetings cards, clothing, shoes, leather goods, wood, suede and glass.

E6000
E6000 adhesive is an industrial strength adhesive that is very popular with many craft enthusiasts because it sticks to just about anything and is very strong when dry. It takes about 24 hours to fully cure and is workable for 5 to 15 minutes when using (depending on air temperature), it dries to form a clear flexible rubber that like Gemtac can act as a shock absorber for the crystal if dropped. The downside of this adhesive is the fumes are very strong and contain a carcinogenic substance, so a mask needs to be worn when using. E6000 is 1 part epoxy glue so is ready to use straight out of the tube and doesn’t require any mixing.
E6000 can be used to embellish: Mobile phones, flip flops and other footwear, it’s perfect for attaching crystals to any surface made from fabric, wood, glass or metal.

GS Hypo Cement
GS Hypo Cement comes in a tube with a very fine applicator nozzle like a needle for very fine precision application. It’s widely used for jewellery repairs and watch making because it allows parts to be positioned before drying. It generally becomes tacky in 10-15 seconds but takes 10-15 minutes to dry and is fully cured in an hour. The adhesive dries water clear and is recommended for non porous surfaces it’s also a medium strength cement that won’t bond fingers.
GS Hypo Cement can be used to embellish: Jewelry, plastic, glass, metal, ceramics, painted or sealed woods and other non-porous surfaces.

(There is also a GS Hypo Fabric Cement available that bonds crystals to fabric, textiles, leather, plastic, paper, arts and crafts, glass, metal, yarn and suede.)

Beacon 527
Beacon 527 is a fast drying super strong crystal clear adhesive that’s flexible and waterproof once dry. It’s an industrial strength glue like e6000 with very strong fumes so will need to be used in a well ventilated area. Beacon 527 takes approximately 2 hours to dry and 24 hours to fully cure. The tube has a fine tip and the adhesive consistency is less viscous than e6000 which can make precision application easier.
Beacon 527 can be used to embellish: Metal, Glass, Wood, Leather, Cardboard, Paper, Cork, Ceramics, China, Tile and shells.

Author: Crystal and Glass Beads

Other posts that may be of interest

Realated Posts:
How to make Swarovski Converse – A guide on how to apply crystals

How to crystallize heels – A guide on how to apply crystals to shoe heels

Choosing the best adhesive for fabrics and flatbacks – Tests the most popular adhesives and their bond strength to Swarovski flatbacks.

196 comments

  1. If I wanted to glue aluminum-backed resin and crystal rhinestones and cabochons to my cellphone case (polycarbonate) which glue would you recommend? The 2 glues that have come up the most are E6000 and 2 part epoxy. I know E6000 is strong but I’m a little wary of the carcinogenic factor. I don’t know much about 2 part epoxies other than you have to mix them together.
    Please help!

    Thank you in advance :)

    • Hi Nikki
      Araldite 2026 and Araldite 2011 two part epoxy glue doesn’t contain carcinogenic substances from what I have read but the manufacturer still recommends that you wear a NIOSH approved organic vapor cartridge respirator for the fumes. I have used Araldite in the past and getting the right mix can be a litle tricky at first too much hardener and it dries too quickly, too little and it doesn’t set correctly. E6000 is much easier to use as there is no mixing required, but you will need to use it in a well ventilated area the same as the two part epoxy and wear a mask as the fumes do contain a carcinogenic.
      Hope this helps.
      Khaled

    • Hello. I have decides to use crystals to decorate my headstall and breastcollar. Incase you aren’t sure of what that is, it’s for your horse, when you ride it helps your saddle not to slide. It’s made out of leather and I’m not sure where to even begin! Is there anything you could recommend? What type of glue is best for leather?

      • Hi Reagan We have a few customers who decorate equestrian equipment but there isn’t anything that gives as strong a bond to leather as there is to plastic, glass or rubber. From the tests I have tried on leather and our customer feedback the best solution would be to use gemtac glue which will give a good bond for longer than e6000 or any of the other adhesives I have tried, it’s stronger than the specific leather glues by Bostik or Evo Stik (have tested both). For selling equipment with crystals the strongest option is to rivet the crystals on or use rose pins is the leather isn’t too thick but for both types of crystal you need special equipment which if far too expensive for a one off project. When you put the crystals on if you are covering an entire area its worth roughing up the surface slightly with fine sand paper or emery board, if you are only placing random crystals onto the leather don’t do this as it will scratch the leather surface. As regards crystal sizes you can download a printable pdf here which will show you the crystals sizes

  2. I am needing advice on which glue to use for flat back clear rhinestones onto print on sweatshirts .
    I have a dance school and the kids have the names on the back and I am stoning them I have tried gem-tac, staysput and bostik but when I wash the tops all the stones fall off am at my wits end now!!!

    • Hi Laura, sorry to hear your having such a problem the gemtac should work fine if enough adhesive is used to cover the back of the crystals. Hot-fix may be a better option for you either using an applicator wand or with an iron as they are specifically designed for use on clothing alternatively its e6000 but the glue has very strong fumes, so care will need to be taken when using it.

  3. Hi im a nail technician and have just bought swarovski crystals to apply to nails on top of a uv gel(bio sculpture). Can u recommend a glue that would keep the crystals on for at least a couple of weeks?
    Thanx
    :0)

  4. Hi

    I am needing advice on which glue to use for flat back swarovski on leather (browbands)

    • HI Mille
      Gemtac will work with leather, but E-6000 is stronger and will provide a stronger longer lasting bond, you have to be careful of the fumes though.

  5. Hey Khaled

    I currently use gemtac, that I’ve been using to attach crystals to fabric, flip-flops, glass etc, but I’m not sure it’s strong enough. Was thinking of using e6000, but I’m concerned about the odour. Do you know if is very strong please?

    Sam
    :)

    • Hi Sam
      Gem tac will certainly stick the crystals to flip flops, but it can peel off in a sheet of plastic after a while. E6000 provides a stronger bond especially if you rub down the surface of the flip flop first to get a better bond between the surface and the adhesive. The downside of e6000 is the fumes which are very strong, its not so much the smell as the chemicals used in epoxy glue, you can use a mask to eliminate the Chemical exposure or make sure the area you work in is well ventilated, which wont eliminate the fumes but help to reduce them. There are a number of glues on the chart that it may be worth looking into that are suitable for rubber, but Im not sure whether they also contain harmful chemicals, you should be able to do a search for each one and get a product data sheet which will tell you what they contain.

  6. hi im looking to stick crystals to high heels but im not sure what would be the best option, any advice or ideas would be fantastic :)

    • Hi Cree
      I have just written a post about crystallizing high heels. http://www.crystalandglassbeads.com/blog/2012/how-to-crystallize-shoes.html
      As regards adhesive e6000 is good but you have to be careful of the fumes. For crystals ss12 or ss16 are a nice size, the ones in the tutorial are mainly ss12 but I have also done a tutorial with Swarovski converse which I used the ss16 (4mm) they are easier to use as they require less crystals. Probably the most popular colour would be clear crystals which also seems to look the nicest once its complete. The jet crystals used in the tutorial are nice but you don’t get half the dazzle you do with clear crystal. Hope this helps.

  7. Hi
    I would like to stick Swarovskis to rubber. I see above to use a nuber of different glues but am having a hard time finding these glues. for eg it suggests Uhu instant adhesive, I have looked for this but there seems to be so many uhu glues. Can I use E6000 as I think I can get that?

    Thanks
    Patty

    • Hi Patty if you have a look at our tutorial on how to do Swarovski converse it will be the same as the toes on converse are rubber, for the tutorial I used e-6000 which works well. Some of the other adhesives are specialist glues so you can get them online from adhesive specialists, by Googling the name.

  8. Thanks a lot xx

  9. ok so i want so add swarovski crystals to a pair of leather shoes…im just not sure about the glue, i bought the gs hypo cement but have been recommended crafters pick?? What is the best to use – help :o) xx

    • Hi Sel
      Seeing as you have already purchased the gs hypo cement, I would give it a try on the back of a leather belt or something similar where you can test the bond and remove the crystals afterwards without damaging the item, I haven’t tried crafter’s pick sorry.

  10. Heya thanks so much for getting back so quick, excellent site and info.. yes never thought of that idea…would you suggest then maybe the e6000 glue compared to the cement?? Im very new to this and no doubt it will be trial and error :op

  11. i want to put crystals on a bag to use for a diaper bag what should i use? also if i do put gems on a bag should i spray it with a gloss adhesive spray? and for shoes what would be the best to use?

    • Hi Samantha
      If its a material bag you can use hotfix or non hotfix, if you are going to buy the crystals and glue and use for both bag and shoes I would opt for e-6000 and ss16 clear crystal which are the most popular size http://www.crystalandglassbeads.com/20-swarovski-rhinestones-ss16-nhf to apply them it would be the same principle as the converse or heel tutorial on our blog. I wouldn’t use a gloss adhesive spray it wouldn’t be the right kind of adhesive for bonding crystals to shoes or a bag. Alternatively you can use gemtac glue for attaching crystals to a material bag, e-6000 doesn’t have harmful fumes and is machine washable once dry, but isn’t as strong as e6000 and wont bond as well to shoes as e6000 which is an industrial strength craft glue.
      Hope this helps.
      Khaled

  12. Hi,

    I would like to glue flatback crystals to vinyl. What is the best glue? Thank you.

    • Hi Rachel
      e-6000 would provide a strong bond, you just need to careful of the fumes when you are using it.

  13. Hi there,

    I was wondering what glue you use to stick on crystals to converse and also on the material bit :)? Please could you recommend a site to get the crystals and glue from please :)

  14. hey thinking of crystallising some converse shoes (rubber and fabric) and havaianas flip flops, as well as plastic phone cases and i know e6000 seems to be highly popular but its also quite toxic which i want to avoid as i’ll be working around kids! What is the best alternative as i would giving these away and the last thing i want is complaints on how crystals fell off etc. PLEASE HELP! i need something just as strong-even stronger if possible that’s not cancerous!

    many thanks!

    • Hi Kim
      Unfortunately there isn’t anything that’s as strong without fumes that I know of, a number of customers have used gemtac glue which works, but wont last as long as e-6000. Beacon adhesives have a flip flop glue which im pretty sure doesn’t have harmful fumes. Its worth contacting them as they make a wide range of adhesives for both industrial and craft purposes and enquiring if they have a product that would suite your needs. http://www.beaconadhesives.com/

  15. I make dog collars and leashes and want to make a high-end collar using swarovski crystals. I use a product called bio-thane…a web-coated material. hot fix will sometimes come off. So I need a stronger adhesive. I’m also going to use a leather collar. So I tried calling a women use makes the collars using an adhesive but wouldn’t tell me what she uses…said it’s copyrighted. anyway, I did try using E6000 on a piece of leather and it seems to be very secure. I also see Swarovski has a Epoxy glue (you have to mix). Would this be a better product? I don’t want to make something that the crystals fall off. Although with anything how it’s taken care of determines how long it will last.

    • Hi Benedict
      E6000, Shoe Goo or Beacon 527 which are very similar would hold the crystals firmly in place, I wouldn’t recommend Hot-fix as the adhesive isn’t suited to leather even without the leather coating. The alternative is Swarovski Rose Pins which are crystals in a setting with a stud backing where you pierce the leather with the prongs and bend them over to provide a secure setting. You can then glue a thin strip of leather over the prongs/stud backs to make sure that they are out of harms way so that the prongs don’t stick in the dogs neck or catch on the owners fingers when they are putting the collar on.

  16. Oh thanks!! i’ll have a look! i dont quite mind the fumes as long as they don’t have a cancer warning, so anything near enough would be good?

  17. I’d like to cover the plastic Manual Shifter Knob in my car with Swarovski Flat back crystals. Which glue do you think would hold up the longest? I don’t want lose all of my crystals.

    • Hi Dawn
      There are a few ways of achieving the result you require if you want to use rhinestones you can use e6000 adhesive which is very strong, just follow the converse tutorial on our blog its the same principle. If the gear stick end is made of hard plastic the other option is to drill precision holes in the plastic and set foil backed table diamonds into the holes, so the crystals will be firmly held in place. The hole is very small just enough to accommodate the pointed back of a table diamond. If you are just doing it for yourself either method is fine, if you are creating the gear sticks to sell I would recommend the table diamond route as the end result will look more professional and last longer.
      Hope this helps.

  18. Would glue is best to fix crystals to glass? And remain stuck of they get wet. Thank you.

    • Hi Sophie
      There are a number of glues that are recommended on the chart that you can use, also there is e6000 which is very strong or GS Hypo Cement which is a Medium-Strength Cement suitable for glass, both are machine washable once dry.

  19. Hi I have started making lots of customised Flip Flops & trainers and I have been using E6000 glue, Im really worried about the cancer warning on the back so would like to know of another really strong glue. I cant understand how they can sell the glue if it causes cancer. ANy ideas of another really strong glue used on Converse & Flip Flops Thx

    • Hi Sophie
      There isn’t an adhesive that’s as strong and completely safe unfortunately. You can look at CG 500-35 which is a 2 Component Epoxy Resin Glue, I haven’t used it before but the data sheet again suggests that prolonged exposure to fumes can be harmful to your health. We have a number of customers who use gemtac glue as its non toxic, but I have found that although it has a good strong bond it can on occasions peel off. If you are selling the flip flops/Converse I would suggest looking into using an extractor fan combined with a facial mask with a filter which will remove the harmful particles and eliminate the risk from using epoxy glue.

  20. Hi, I want to stick swarovski crystals metal keyrings, i have used e6000 but have found that with time they come off, is there anything that would hold better?

    • Hi Khalida
      You can try GS Hypo Cement, its used for watch repairs i.e glass and metal so should do the trick and is used quite a lot for jewellery making, there is also an adhesive called “Glass, Metal and More” which is manufactured by Beacon Adhesives and is for metal, I haven’t tried it yet but will try and get some to test. The other alternative is one of the adhesives on the chart.

  21. Hi,
    I recently paid someone to put rhinestones on my converses. All around the rubber. When I put the shoes on and walked they all started coming away in strips and popping off. I am going to attempt to fix them but I’m going to have to take all of the stones off- she used a hotfix gun I believe. With pre glued stones. Any suggestions how I’d get the surface suitable for gluing again?
    After looking at the table and comments the main glue suggested is quite a potent one and I’m worried about fumes with a toddler around. Can you suggest another one? equally good for sticking them to rubber please.
    Thankyou :) xx

    • Hi Maddie
      Sorry to hear that the crystals are coming off, if you can peel the crystals off you can re apply your own but hotfix aren’t suitable for rubber as you have found out the glue is intended for fabric, card etc. There isn’t any adhesive that industrial strength and doesn’t have fumes unfortunately. Gemtac can be used and doesn’t have any fumes, it will provide a strong bond but once an edge comes free all the crystals can be peeled off in a sheet so I personally wouldn’t recommend it for rubber. Once you remove the crystals give the surface a good rub down with emery board/ sand paper to give the adhesive a good surface to bond with. E6000 is the most popular choice for converse but you are right about the fumes it shouldn’t be used when children are present in the room as the fumes aren’t good. If you do use e-6000 use in a well ventilated area and if you are going to use it frequently it will be worth investing in a mask to filter out the harmful particles from the air. Swarovski have their own adhesive called CG 500-35 which is a 2 part epoxy resin which also has fumes but is supposed to be safe to use, you mix the resin Part A and the hardener Part B together apply it to the shoe and then add the crystals, it sets from exposure to the air. The data sheet for Part A doesn’t contain any warnings but Part B The hardener has the following in the data sheet…

      CHRONIC HEALTH EFFECTS
      Substance accumulation, in the human body, may occur and may cause some concern following
      repeated or long-term occupational exposure.
      There has been some concern that this material can cause cancer or mutations but there is
      not enough data to make an assessment.

      Hope this helps. This is a link to our tutorial on Crystallizing converse which you might find helpful

  22. HI…I really need to use my e6000 glue and like everyone else i am a bit anxious of the dangerous fumes…do you know where i can please get a suitable mask etc to protect me from this…thankyou

  23. Hi, My daughter is getting married shortly and would like a bridal veil with crystals. I still have mine from my wedding which is full length and which she would love to wear but it doesn’t have crystals. Suggestions please on how to apply. The veil is a very fine net. -

    • Hi Lizzy
      The crystals you use would very much depend on how you wish to apply them you can use 4mm bicone beads/crystal and or crystal AB and stitch them into the net with a clear thread http://www.crystalandglassbeads.com/16-swarovski-bicone-beads. Alternatively you can use flatback rhinestones http://www.crystalandglassbeads.com/19-nhf-swarovski-rhinestones to apply these use something like a jewel setter to pickup the crystals and a dab of gemtac adhesive on the back of the crystal and place on the net. Gemtac is non toxic and machine washable once dry and its easy to use. As regards size ss12 3.2mm or ss16/4mm would be a good size they aren’t too big, but big enough to add some sparkle scattered over the bridal net. If you don’t want to use glue you can use hotfix crystals which already have an adhesive on the back of the crystal which you use a hotfix applicator to melt the adhesive. There is a guide on how to apply hotfix crystals here. As regards rhinestone size we have a guide here with a printable pdf that shows the crystal size as its difficult to judge on screen. Rhinestone guide and printable pdf here
      Hope this helps.

  24. Hi I want to stick crystals to acrylic plastic, would GS Hypo Cement be the best for this as am also worried about useing a strong glue with bad fumes? Help pls… Thankyou

    Also wich would be beter foil backed or unfoiled and where can i purchase the crystals from?… Thankyou!

    • Hi Carly
      GS Hypo Cement should work well as it’s a medium strength acrylic cement and can be used on acrylic without damaging it. The applicator tip is very fine so you wont use that much adhesive but just be careful to use in a well ventilated area as it contains “Xylene” which can cause headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting so open the window in the room to let in some air and make sure there are no children present.

      Foil backed crystals would be better, the non foil are like glass you can see through them, where as the foil backing acts like a mirror to make the crystals more sparkly when the light catches them, the backing also provides a good bonding surface. You can order them here

  25. Thank you for the advice – Getting ready to start on the veil. Will let you know how it turns out.

  26. Hello,

    I would like stick swarovski crystals to the rim of my bathroom plastic light fitting, (Eterna LA03041 D130 28W Fluorescent Super-Slim Circular Ceiling light)I want to know, which ones would be best and what glue to use.

    Thank you

    Trisha

    • Hi Trisha
      1. GS-Hypo Cement is highly flammable so that’s a no,
      2. E6000 has a Temperature range: -40 °F (-40 °C) to 150 °F (66 °C), it’s non-flammable when cured, but produces toxic flames if burnt, waterproof (for steam), strong bond for plastic, and dries clear.
      3. Gem-Tac unsure of working temperature but its non toxic, waterproof (for steam), provides a good bond on plastic but not as strong as e6000 and dries clear.

      If you test the lamp shade while its on for an hour or two and then see how hot it gets before making a decision. E6000 would seem the most suitable or if it gets hot there is something like Scotch weld DP610 which has a higher temperature, though I would imagine the shade doesn’t get how as its a low watt bulb.
      Hope this helps

  27. Hello Khaled,

    Thank you for your advice, I’m probably going to use the E6000.

    Kind regards,

    Trish

  28. Hello

    I need to know what type of swarovski crystals are BEST and longer lasting to put onto swimwear, so Lycra – what crystals would work best and what glue should be used so they don’t fall off whilst in the sun or when the swimwear is being washed.

    Thanks!!

  29. Hello there im wondering if you could help me i see alot of people are making keepsake dummys and im just wondering if you could recommend a non toxic waterproof glue suitable to use with rhinestones and a sealer to apply over the rhinestones once they are all in place i just wanted to make a keepsake dummy for my daughter and also for her wee converses if thats possible many thanks

    • Hi Katie
      The non toxic glue’s aren’t as strong as the epoxy based adhesives unfortunately especially for plastic. E6000 would be the strongest but its not suitable for going in a babies mouth, as regards a sealer over the crystals it would make the crystals lose their sparkle which comes from the crystals multi faceted face, which if you coat will round the sides and reduce the sparkly effect of the crystals unfortunately. We have a post on the blog for crystallizing converse it would be exactly the same but using ss12 crystals instead of ss16, then you just need to keep the toe away from the babies mouth.

  30. Hi I wanted a strong glue that can be used to stick rhinstone on to nail polish, the nail glue that i have given with the product comes of within 2day, would you know of anything that can last up to a few weeks if possible please? and easy to use?
    Please can you email me back with a reply.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Ali
      You should be able to get nail glue at a beauty supplies shop some people seal the crystals with a top coat to prevent them from coming off while others will set the crystals into a uv gel that’s sets very hard and can also have a top coat to prevent any chipping. Salon Geek is a good place to get advise for nail adhesive and which brands / types of glue are the most popular. Some top coats dull the crystals while others seem to be fine so hopefully you should get the advise you seek there.
      Hope it helps.

  31. What type of glue would be durable to use to glue on flatback crystals on to feathers? I was thinking that GS Hypo cement glue would do the trick or the beacon glue. I bought Aleene’s Jewelry an metal glue. When it dried the crystals were frosted. So I am assuming that this glue may have been to strong. Your recommendation would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Kelley

  32. Hi, I want to make a bling case for iPhone and I want to use round beads and not flat backed gems what is the best glue,
    Thank you

    • Hi Suha
      e6000 is usually used I will be doing a tutorial this week that should hopefully be up by the end of the weekend and will either be using e6000 or giving G-S Hypo Cement a try to see how strong it is.

  33. I have a disco ball pendant, but 4 crystals have fallen out. As it was a present I want to get it repaired, but want to make sure they use the right glue and it doesn’t happen again. Can you please tell me what I should ask for? It really is sentimental and I don’t want to have to keep replacing crystals

    Thanks
    Nadine

  34. If its very thin, will the crystals just fall out again?

    • Hi Nadine

      Apologies I meant thin in consistency which means that its much like super glue (water like) in texture, where the crystals don’t get swamped under the glue, the e6000 is very thick and needs to be spread out which isn’t ideal when you are trying to repair just one or 2 small crystals. Where as the GS-Hypo Cement has a precision applicator tip so you can just put a tiny amount into the hole and add the crystal. With e6000 you would need a syringe or a cocktail stick for fine application. You can see it being used in our latest tutorial for crystallizing an iphone case.

  35. Hello,

    Great site, could you please advise me on what glue would be best to use while customizing my daughters shoes with rhinestones and arts and crafts plastic pieces?

    Thanks in advance :)

    -Ms.Mimi

  36. Hi – I have been using E6000 to glue flat back crystals to Havaianan’s – but sometimes the glue seems to get soft and the crystals slide off the sandals !!! I have a few pair that I’ve worn almost daily for 18 months with no problems at all and other sandals the crystals are falling off. I’ve tried washing the sandals and roughing up the surface etc prior to glueing but there does not seem to be an answer as to why this is happening. Please help

    • Hi Diane
      Have been doing a bit of research on the subject and it seems to be a common problem that the Havaianas seem to bleed out oil from the material which can get trapped under the adhesive layer and cause the crystals to slide under certain circumstances. I’m going to try a few different adhesives over the next week and try preparing the surface slightly differently and will post the findings once complete.

  37. Hi,
    Is there a glue that is the same as the hotfix glue on the crystals?i would like to paint it on some crystals i have then use it on my hotfix tool.Thank you..Jim

    • Hi Jim I don’t know of any adhesive that you heat up aside from hotfix glue sticks, which would be very messy as you would have to melt the glue to get it on the back of the crystal and then re-melt it to attach the crystals to a surface. Hotfix crystals have a foil backing and then a primer layer which bonds the un-melted hotfix glue to the foil backing.

  38. Hello

    I need the strongest glue on the world. Waterproof and very very strong for
    put crystals on shoes. Which is the best of Gem Tac Glue, E6000, GS Hypo Cement, Beacon 527?
    And also what type of crystals do you recommend for shoes. Clear, AB,..

    When you will have again chart on stock.

    Many thanks

    Kind regards
    Katja

    • Hi Katja
      The best glue would very much depend on which material the shoe is made from as regards Crystal or Crystal AB, the clear is by far more popular for shoes, the AB has a lot of pinks and purples in the crystal while the clear just looks like diamonds with subtle colours in the glass.We haven’t been able to get any charts unfortunately but once we do we will put them back up on our site.

  39. Hi, I want to add swarovskis to a tracksuit which is mostly cotton, I’m actually adding it to the design on there already which is a canvas type thicker cotton, I am considering gem tac but I want it to be very hard wearing and washable and in the past gem tac has washed away stones, is there a strOnger glue that I can use?
    Thanks x

    • Hi Lyndsey
      Have you tried Hotfix crystals? As regards adhesive I will give a few adhesives a try this week on canvas as a comparison and the put through a wash to see which glue provide the better bond. Will post the finding once it’s complete.

  40. Thank you. We will wait:)

  41. Great thanks so much! I did consider hotfix but my previous experiences with them on canvas have been pretty short lived, so want a good lasting finish, thanks again

  42. Hi Khaled – any luck with your research on E6000 getting soft and the crystals sluffing off the Havaianan’s when the oil seems to bleed out? I have about 8 pair that I now will have to take all crystals off and re-glue but am totally gun shy to use E6000. Would really appreciate any information you have. I’ve been washing the sandals, clipping off the letters, washing again with a strong wire brush, drying, sanding with a plastic sanding block, and wiping off with alcohol or acetone prior to setting with glue – but they are still sluffing off. Funny thing is – I have two pair (about 2-3 year old) that I crystalized and they are still put – did Havaiana change the composition of the sandals?

    • Hi Diane
      I think the Havaianas material has changed, will post the results in the next few days, just waiting to see how the glue settles for a few days before posting the results, fingers crossed one will be successful. The past pairs of flipflops I have done there hasn’t been any problems but the last pair I also had sliding after a few days.

  43. Hi,
    I wanted to stick some swar crystals to a plastic hairclip, what would be the best glue to use please?
    thanks
    Gemma

    • Hi Gemma

      E6000 would probably be the most suitable adhesive although many hair clips are made using Swarovski Bicone beads where the beads are attached to the clip by wraping wire around the clip and threading bicone beads onto the wire.

  44. Hi Khaled
    Do you know of any other crystals that are similar to swarovski or where i could get swarovski crystals for a good price?

    regards Nicola

  45. Hey what up Khaled? :) Ok so I want to embelish an NBA jersey with Swarovski flatback rhinestones. I would be adhering them to the meshy material, silk screened numbers and to some embroidered lettering…I want the glue to REALLY adhere!!…what glue do you reccomend? Thanks in advance :)

    • Hi Daisy
      Gem-tac or Fabri-Tac would be my first choice they both works well on fabric but are quite thin in consistency you can put some into a small container lid and wait a few minutes for it to thicken up (for doing the embroidered lettering) or try e6000 which is a much thicker glue to start with. You can buy both fairly cheaply so I would do a test on the material with one or two crystals first and leave for 24 hours then see how well it bonds before completing your design.

  46. Hi! I am having difficulty attaching swarovski crystals to the edge of bottlecaps (outside edge), and having them stay put. The glue needs to dry crystal clear, and be waterproof, so what glue/adhesive would you suggest for this use?
    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Jenny
      E6000, gemtac or GS-Hypocement would all work, if the cap is at all flexible don’t use the GS-cement or the adhesive bond wont last, the strongest of the three would be E6000, just give the area of the cap you intend to crystallize a light rub down with sand paper/emery cloth (if the cap is plastic), wipe the surface clean (if it’s greasy use rubbing alcohol to clean) then you can apply a tiny amount of e6000 with a syringe applicator or cocktail stick and add the crystals. Only add enough adhesive for a few crystals at a time so that it doesn’t dry too quickly.

  47. Hi :) I’m crystallising some converse and have lots of acrylic rhinestones. Would you recommend gem tac or E6000 for this ? Thanks :)

    • Hi Lauren
      I haven’t used acrylic crystals but from what I’ve read in the past e6000 can discolour acrylic crystals and dissolve the plastic foil backing, so I would opt for gem tac or go for a glass crystal if the surface requires an adhesive like e6000.

  48. Hi,

    I am trying to glue swavorski crystals to card stock for table numbers for my wedding.
    What would be the best way to apply them, very neatly?
    I have the hot fix gun, but it’s a little hard to get the stones out.

    Thank you,
    Denise

    • Hi Denise
      We used to make handmade cards, you can still see some of the cards on the site although we no longer make them. http://www.scruffymoo.com We used to use non-hotfix crystals and gemtac glue, it gives you a very good bond, the alternative is hofix, which is less messy but I prefer to add them manually with adhesive as I feel there is more control.
      Hope this helps.
      Will do a step by step guide for creating handmade cards, wedding stationery from choosing card stock up to printing if it would be of interest, although will take me a bit of time to put together.

  49. Hi, could you advise which glue is best for sticking the crystals to an asian sari before I place my order please? The fabric isnt very delicate but I dont want to lose the crystals on the outfit. Thank you xx

    • Hi Lucky
      I would say gemtac glue would be the most suitable and easiest to use, you just need to take care when machine washing so that the crystals don’t get knocked off.

  50. what glue do i use for the rubber part of the converse? and whats the best crystals to use?

    Thanks

  51. Hi I have a pair is crystallised converse but they have got a bit dirty and would like to wash then what would be the best way without loosing any crystals?

    • Hi Paige
      The crystals usually come loose from bumping into the side of the drum, so if you intend to put them in the machine first put them in a pillow case and in the middle of a load of towels to cushion the crystals from the machine side and wash on a cool temperature. Don’t use a powder that contain a bleach as its not good for the canvas. Washing in a machine will usually lighten the bright canvas colours so if they are not too dirty the Converse material can be cleaned with soap water and a tooth brush or a sponge for the rubber, this method can also be used for remove a stain prior to the trainers going in the machine. Once you have washed the trainers leave them to dry on the line naturally don’t put them in the tumble drier as the heat will damage the trainers. Hope this helps.

  52. What is the best way to glue clarus crystals to tote bags made out of denier 600 fabric? I have used Gem-Tac, but the crystals don’t stay on very well. I need something very strong and waterproof, and can hold up to everyday use. Thank you!

  53. I would like to adhere swarovksi flat back on to glass cabachons and I don’t wnat them falling off. Which adhesive should i use?

  54. What is the strongest glue for attaching Swarovski crystal flat backs to wine glasses permanently? Is there something you recommend? Thanks Karena

    • Hi Karena
      I have done a test a week or so ago with a number of different adhesives on glass, gs hypo cement, e6000, shoe goo, gemtac and glass metal and more and all work well for glass. Tried scratching each on the crystals off but they all held firm and soaked in warm water for over 2 hours to see if it would damage the bond but each of the glues held firm. So back to the question which I would recommend although gs hypocement is the easiest to use Its also the most brittle from past experience so I would have to say gemtac or e6000, the benefits of gemtac is that its non-toxic where as e6000 is an industrial strength glue so there are trade-offs for both. Hope this helps and will get the full write-up of the test up today.

  55. Hello I like to stick crystals onto shoes and I normally use e6000 which I think is pretty good. At the moment I use cheaper glass crystals that are not Swarovski but for a project I want to use Swarovski crystals because they are beyond a doubt the absolute best flawless crystals and because they are so expensive Im going to stick them on a expensive pair of shoes. The glue that Swarovski like you to use is CG 500, the 2 part glue. So I was just wondering if you have used this glue before and would you know if it is any better or stronger than the e6000? The thing I like about the e6000 is that it is 1 part so you dont need to do any mixing whereas the CG 500 you have got to mix it together so you have obviously got to get the mixing correct for it to work right. I just dont know if it worth buying some to see if there is any difference between the two. e6000 is quite gloopy, well anyway thanks for reading! Im hoping you have used this CG 500 glue so you can tell me what it is like! :)

    • Hi Rachael

      I haven’t used the CG-500 but will be getting some in the new year to try, I have used a different 2 part epoxy in the past though and found it to be easy to use as long as you follow the instructions carefully, if you add to much compound or hardener it doesn’t set well and can make a mess or set much too quickly or not at all. I did have a discussion with a lady from Swarovski last week about the glue and she was confident that on the tests they carry out the CG-500 gave a very strong bond except on the surface of leather where it wasn’t so good. Sorry I cant be of more help but will post the test results when I try in 2013.

  56. Hi I’m currently using e6000 to embellish some of my shoes which works great with the glass rhinestones I am using. However I have some larger gems I want to add which have a foil back and the glue dissolves the foil and clouds the gem. What glue would you suggest that’s strong for these gems? I would also like to glue metal embellishments onto the shoes is there a glue you suggest? Many thanks in anticipation

    • Hi Sarah
      The E6000 does dissolve the plastic/foil backing on acrylic or similar stones and makes the crystals go cloudy so is no good unless you use glass crystals. You could use gemtac which shouldn’t give any problems and e6000 for the metal embellishment. I repaired a metal decorative buckle on a shoe not long ago and found it a job to stick on straight, in the end I ended up coating the back of the metal jewel buckle with e6000 and leaving to dry for a few minutes along with a patch on the shoe, then gluing the two glued areas together, which gave a very strong bond and hasn’t weakened to date. If it’s a small metal embellishment you may be fortunate enough to glue it on in one go with e6000 as its quite thick.

  57. Hello!!
    I am using rose 4mm S crystals on my babies crib soft converse but as I got to the middle i couldn’t find a way of fitting them in!! Now they have gaps any advice ??
    Thanks Zoe

    • Hi Zoe you can use a smaller size of crystal to fill in the gaps, usually I would use ss12 but it would very much depend on the gap size we have from 1.8mm upwards but it would most likely be the ss12 3.2mm or ss9 crystals you would need for a gap.

  58. Hello I want the crystals and right glue to use for a pair of new converse I want to design for my self! Do u stock this or how would I go about bying it? Is super glue a big no no? :)

  59. Hello I’m wanting to embelish my.onsie round the hood and across the back would gemtac be best suitable and 3mm swarovski crystals??

    • Hi Shara

      Yes you can use gemtac and non-hotfix 3mm crystals or hotfix ones either will work well just be careful when washing and don’t use a detergent with bleach in or tumble dry the garment or the adhesive will deteriorate, whether its hotfix or gemtac

  60. What is the best glue to use? I want to do the toes and the canvas on a pair of converse? Can I use the same glue on both parts?

    • Hi Kerry
      I would opt for e6000, just make sure when you add them to the converse that you hold the crystal/adhesive in place with an orange stick until it gets a good bond with the fabric, which may require a few seconds of holding each crystal in place (much like the second shoe tutorial).

  61. Hi, i want to add rhinestones to clothing but i know i would need to wash how do i keep them from falling off like the stoned on my bebe clothing? those.never.move after washing over 100 times?
    thanks

    • Hi Kay, I would try hotfix crystals which are designed for clothing, you use a hotfix applicator to apply them or an iron with the steam turned off. As regards washing powder don’t use one with bleach in or it will degrade the adhesive and wash on a lower temperature, with the clothes turned inside out to protect them from the side of the machine when washing. The adhesive also needs to be protected from heat, so its not recommended to tumble dry clothing, but if you have to use a low heat again with the clothes turned inside out. Hope this helps.

  62. Hi,

    I recently customise a shoe with beads using pva glue, unfortunately the beads are falling off when I walk and the dry glue is now visible. I want to buy a new shoe and customise it with beads and small Swarovski crystal. Which glue would you recommend , the beacon 527 or e6000. I want something that will hold the beads and swarovski crystal for a long time. Please help. Thank you.

  63. Hi Khaled,

    Thank you for getting back to me. The shoes are made from Denim, Silk Satin and very thin Velvet.

    Also what glue is best to customise sunglasses with beads and Swarovski.

    Thanks alot.

  64. Hi Khaled,

    What is the best glue for PVC please? I have a pair of DMs that I’d love to customise up the back heel strip.

    Thanks.

    • Hi Ermine I would suggest e6000 as the cheapest solution which should give a good bond, the alternative would be Swarovski’s own Glue called CG 500 which is a two part epoxy resin so you have to mix it together which can be a bit of a pain and is quite expensive to buy if you are on a budget. I would give the surface a wipe down with alcohol and then test a small area with e6000 leave for 24 hours and then try rubbing against them to see if they budge. If they don’t then you can complete the strip, if they don’t you will be able to remove the glue with a little nail varnish remover, but the e6000 packaging states that its suitable for sealing PVC so I would suspect the bond will be a strong one.

  65. Khaled,
    I have been contemplating strassing a pair of leopard print shoes. From what I’ve seen so far, calf hair appears to provide the most distinct pattern to follow when gluing the crystal colors (light colorado topaz, smoked topaz and jet). I know e6000 works well on suede, but what is your opinion of successfully gluing to calf hair? Here is an image of the shoes I’m thinking of using.

    http://l4.zassets.com/images/z/1/9/8/4/8/6/1984867-p-MULTIVIEW.jpg

    • Hi Michelle e6000 in theory should provide a stronger bond on calf hair than suede because of the fibers, the issue with using e6000 will be that you will most certainly have to hold each crystal in place for a good few seconds(pressing down with an orange stick) for the glue to take a bite and hold firm as with suede, once you press it into place it falls off straight away unless you hold the crystal in place while the glue seeps into the fibres. I might be inclined to try a few crystals using this method (http://www.crystalandglassbeads.com/blog/2012/swarovski-crystal-shoes-tutorial.html (don’t forget to wipe excess glue away after adding each crystal)) for the test hold each crystal in place for 20-30 seconds just to see how strong the glue will bond, that’s the deciding factor, then the next time you can hold for less) leave for 24 hours and then try the crystals to see how well they bond, before proceeding. If the results are unsatisfactory try holding the crystals in place for a little longer and try again or use gemtac, but I would leave the top off the gemtac bottle for a few days first to thicken up the glue as its very runny when first opened. As regards colour have a look at Mocca (very dark brown), Topaz (brown/amber colour) and Light Colorado Topaz.

  66. hi khaled, may i know which glue work best to stick Swarovski crystal on nails (polished nails n gel nails)?

    • Hi Ace If you are going to be doing a lot of nails UV gel is the best option, you add the crystals to the gel and then harden them under a lamp. If you are using false nails you can use a nail glue for the crystals or they can be applied onto tacky nail varnish. I will try and do a post testing the various methods and results once I get a chance.

  67. Hi, What glue would you recommend for a microphone?

    • Hi T I would opt for e6000, gs-hypocement will do the trick but any knocks will result in crystals coming loose, where as e6000 forms a rubbery cushion between the microphone and crystal which absorbs impact.

  68. Good Morning Khaled

    Are there any set rules regarding which glues to use when working with SWAROVSKI. I have both E6000 and GemTac.

    I prefer to use GemTac as there are zero fumes and I work whilst looking after my baby so ultimately it is safer than the E6000 fumes wise.

    Can I use Gemtac for all surfaces that are popular for the embellishing trend?

    Thanks

    • Hi Tanja
      Gemtac will provide a reasonable bond with most surfaces, but its not always the best solution, if you look at the post testing various fabrics you can see sometimes e6000 provides a stronger bond than gemtac, but the downside is the fumes, so it would very much depend on if you are selling the crystallized items or not. If you are I would recommend going with the strongest possible adhesive, if not then gemtac is strong enough, or if it’s for fabric consider hotfix as an alternative.

  69. Hi,
    looking to customise my nike airforce 1′s what would be the best crystals and glue to buy? Thanks

  70. Hello, I am making candles and want to fix swarovski crystals to the glass jar. What would you recommend for glass that will obviously heat up and cool down several times? After the candle is burned, I want to be sure that the crystals will stay on through washing etc, if possible. I appreciate your help!

  71. I am making hand painted wine glasses and embellishing with 3mm crystals. I have done this before and must have just been lucky with the glue. Now I cannot find a glue that dosent make a mess or have too large a tip. I made the mistake of using what I guess was a “super glue” and the crystals are clouded and the glue smeared around the crystals. Any recomendation for a fine tip application and no mess that will bond to glass? Thanks

    • Hi Laura You can use either GS-Hypo Cement or e6000 with a syringe, the GS Hypocement is easier to use as it is very thin in consistency but if you band the glass against something the crystals will come loose as the glue is brittle once dry. Egooo on the other hand is thicker in consistency but using a syringe is fine for precision application and the crystals have some cushioning as the glue is rubber like. You can find the craft syringes for e6000 and crystals here

  72. Hello!
    If using E-6000 eats the foil away on the flat swarovski’s would the non foil swarovski’s
    have the same sparkle? I’ve used the E-6000 on dog collars and haven’t had a problem
    even though they were foiled but now I have people interested in buying the collars and I
    don’t want to sell something that might become flawed.
    How big a difference is there in sparkle between foiled and non foiled and would the e-6000
    work on the non folied. Thank you!!

    • Hi Sandy

      The e6000 glue wont eat the foil backing on Swarovski crystals, it only eats the foil backing on acrylic crystals or cheaper chinese crystals with a plastic foil backing. It may be worth considering Rose Pins for the leather collars depending on how thick the leather is or if the leather is very thick there are Swarovski Rivets. The non foiled crystals when glued onto a surface aren’t sparkly at all they are really for putting into settings where light can pass through the stone. It’s the foil backing that reflects the light and makes the crystals sparkly.

  73. Hiys I’m wanting to add some crystals to my baby’s dummy’s, I have been having them made but the woman has now stopped! Therefore I wondering what glue I would use to put onto advent dummy’s, Thankyou

    • Hi Brooke I really wouldn’t want to recommend a glue for a baby’s dummy, GS-Hypocement is toxic, e6000 is toxic, gemtac is the only one that is strong and non toxic, but I wouldn’t trust a glue if a baby is going to put it in their mouth as no matter what glue you use if they bite the crystals they will come off.

  74. Hi I am in the process of looking for a pair of louboutin’s and I and going to be strassing them.
    The shoes are a patent leather.
    What prep and glue would you recommend?
    I will be using swarovski crystals to Strass.
    Thanks for your help

    • Hi Lorraine There is no Glue that really gives a long lasting strong bond on most leathers unless its quite rough, although I haven’t tried patent leather yet. It would either be e6000 or Gemtac glue, but im not sure if either would provide a long lasting bond. I would be inclined to buy a cheap patent leather purse of ebay and test before buying the shoes to crystallize them.

  75. Hi
    I know this is not the right forum for my question, however does anyone know where to buy Swarovski flatbacks in bulk wholesale ? Thanks a bunch.

  76. Khaled, I will be using Swarovski crystals as well as Delica beads to dress up a pair of sunglasses. Do you have a suggestion for an adhesive for this application. I may do more than one pair of suglasses for friends. Your advice will be helpful.

    thanks

    • Hi Barb I would suggest e6000 as the strongest adhesive, but you may have some problems with the delica beads as they are so small. If you are patient you can either use a syringe applicator or cocktail stick to apply tiny amounts of e6000 adhesive at a time. If you find this a pain the alternative is gemtac (leave the top of the bottle for a few days and it will thicken up a little which I find better to use it doesn’t dry up just forms a skin which you can pull off. It will be easier then e6000 as it’s a lot thinner but the trade off is that the bond is as strong as e6000. Don’t use GS-Hypo Cement as its too brittle.

  77. Hi Khaled I’m currently trying to find a glue to use on my wedding displays to sell, the material I am going to glue the swarovski stones to is styrofoam and acrylic smooth plastic… Firstly please can you advise which glue would give me the best hold as I am a bit apprehensive about E6000 as its toxic and I will be using possibly 2 tubes of glue per week???please advise….

    • Hi Jodie E6000 wouldn’t be suitable with Styrofoam as it will melt it but gemtac will be fine for acrylic and I would guess it should be fine for styrofoam as there are no nasty chemicals in the adhesive that will melt the foam.

  78. Hi Khaled thank you for your reply to my question, so I think I will now use the gemtac in the styrofoam and just another quick question, would the gemtac be ok to use on foam flowers too??? Thanks

    • Hi Jodie
      Gemtac will be fine on foam flowers we used to use it for handmade cards and it would stick pretty much anything to the cards, foam, metal, crystals, flowers etc and gives a good strong bond.

  79. Hi Khaled,

    I’m interesting in applying Swarovski crystals in several sizes to a pair of Jessica Simpson’s patent leather platform shoes for my daughter for her wedding. I can’t bring myself to use Louboutin’s (just in case they don’t look as great as I’d like them to) Do you know if the E6000 will possibly shrink the shoes? Your help would be most appreciated.

    • Hi Rose E6000 shouldn’t shrink the leather as it doesn’t dry hard and shrink but remains flexible. I haven’t tested patent leather but have read a number of threads where gemtac has been successfully used on patent leather, if you do decide to use gemtac bear in mind that its a lot thinner in consistency than e6000 so you either want to leave the top of the glue for a week or 2 to thicken up the glue or when you do apply the glue to the leather leave it for a minute or 2 before applying the crystals otherwise they will slide down the surface and make a mess.

  80. Hi, I bought hot fix gems by mistake a while ago. I don’t want to go to the expense of buying a wand until I see if I’m any good :) Can I use the hot fix gems with Gem Tac? They are Swarovski. Thanks

    • Hi Nicky
      Yes you can use hotfix with Gemtac and they will look exactly the same, the hotfix glue is attached to the foil backing on the crystals with a primer, so that will be the only weaker point but the bond is pretty strong so crystals as long as they aren’t treated roughly will be fine. If you do find that come comes free which also happens to the non hotfix over time as they take knocks, you can just use a cocktail stick to apply a dab of glue and press a replacement crystal into place.

  81. Hi I’m using E6000 to embellish my prom shoes with hot fix crystals I’ve noticed that some of the crystals are cloudy..Is there anything you recommend to make them shine again without making them come off the shoe?

    • Hi Nikki
      You really want to use the non hotfix crystals with e6000 if at all possible (they are cheaper for 1 than hotfix and the hotfix is bonded to the foil backing with a primer so you are giving yourself an extra layer of potential weakness), but the crystals shouldn’t go cloudy if they are glass. It sounds like you may have acrylic crystals which don’t go well with e6000 because the adhesive melts the foil backing and clouds the crystals. I would remove the crystals and replace them using gemtac glue which won’t cloud the crystals. If they are Swarovski, Preciosa or another brand of crystal glass then the chances are that the crystals just have glue smeared over them which will make the surface dull, to rectify this problem use a cotton bud with some acetone nail varnish remover on, remove the excess liquid so that it wont drip and gently rub the surface of the crystals to remove the offending glue. Try not to get any on the adhesive holding the crystals in place though and if the crystals are acrylic don’t try this as it wont help and may make the crystals worse.

  82. frankie penfold

    Hiya! Please could you tell me, what is the best glue for rubber (the toe of converse shoes)? Please :-) I have tried E6000, hi tak and another glue that I cant remember the name of. Something isnt going right!! Pleasee help. Thank u in advance x

    • Hi Frankie
      E6000 would be the right glue and you shouldn’t have any problems, if you are how have you prepped the toe and what brand of crystals did you use with the e6000?

  83. I recently crystalized a pair of havianas flip flops using e6000….. Left them for more than a week and then when tried them on crystals instantly lifted with the glue attached, the glue does not seem to bond to the rubber flip flop strap!

    I am thinking of picking them off a d re crystallising them from scratch …… what glue do you recommend and any advice ?

    I have actually done a few pairs previously with this glue and never had any problem and those flip flops are still going strong ….. This seems to be a new issue that’s arisen ?

    • Hi Char
      It appears that no glue seems to work on Havaianas at present as they all go soft and I have no solution at the moment sorry, it appears that the problem is the very chemical that makes the rubber soft is bleeding out of the flip flop strap into the adhesive and making it soft. If We do manage to find a solution I will post on our site.

  84. Hi. Can you please tell me the best glue for Swarovski ss4 non hot fix crystals to be fixed to gelish nail art?
    If I fix them to the gelish polish then use the Gelish “top it off” the crystals lose their sparkle :(.
    I’m using super glue at the moment, but its too messy and not precise enough.
    Thank you, Sarah

    • Hi Sarah
      The most popular methods of application are directly to the nail varnish, using a uv gel and setting the crystals into the gel then hardening or alternatively for stick on nails nail glue. I wouldn’t recommend super glue and there are quite a few videos on youtube for nails where you can see the various application methods along with top coats being tested and the result.

  85. Hi!
    Is there any kind of sealant to provide a stronger bond ?
    I use E 6000 but on some converse or Havs some Swarovski still fall off :-(

    I know on whipped cream they use a gloss sealer

    Xxx

    • Hi Rosie
      E6000 is still the best alternative for Converse, but there isn’t anything suitable that doesn’t go soft on Havaianas at present.

  86. Hi, have you found a glue that works on Havaianas yet??

  87. Hi, which is the best glue for using acrylic rhinestones on for example a heel? E600 makes them cloudy and peels off the foil backing, and gem tac doesn’t hold as well as E6000, any suggestions?

    • Hi Oleta
      With the acrylic stones the e6000 melts the foil backing and clouds the crystals because of the chemicals in the glue anything else of a similar strength would also cause the same problems, the best solution would be gemtac what kind of material is the heel made from?

  88. Hi
    I’m wanting to crystallize my uggs can you tell me which glue us best to use and do u have a tutorial on uggs
    Thanks

  89. Hello,
    I want to crystallize my phone case it’s light weight PVC plastic and I’m just wondering what crystals you’d recommend and glue? Also what king of glue and crystals for ugg boots? Do I need a sealer for them to stay put?

    Thank you

    • Hi We have a tutorial for crystallizing a phone case which might help http://www.crystalandglassbeads.com/blog/2012/how-to-make-swarovski-iphone-case-tutorial.html the best adhesive would be e6000 of if you don’t like the fumes gemtac which is also quite strong. As regards ugg boots you can see how various crystal sizes look here Ugg’s Crystal sizes as regards adhesive e6000 works if you hold the crystal in place for quite a while for it to get a bite into the fibres, the alternative if gemtac which is a lot runnier so will bong with the surface a lot easier again here you have to have some patience to let the adhesive thicken when it’s applied if you don’t and the surface is curved the crystals will slide with the glue.

  90. Hello! Your website is so helpful. I’ve always wondered how high end designers attach swarovski crystal to their clothing, or brands such as True Religion, Victoria’s Secret, Juicy Couture, etc. Thanks so much!!

    • Hi Nicolle
      Thank you for the comment for clothing most fashion designers would use hotfix crystals for clothing, but non-hotfix for footwear.

  91. jelena venturini

    Hi.. Can i by hotfix crystal and stick it on my figure competition suit? Or should u by non hot fix and glue it with gem? Tnx

    • Hi Jelena Hotfix are more commonly used for dance clothing as they are specifically designed for fabric and you don’t have to worry about getting adhesive on the crystals. You can use either method but the thing that puts people off using the hotfix crystals is the initial expense of the applicator tool. So in answer to your question you can use either glue or hotfix but my preference would be hotfix crystals.

  92. Hi there, yesterday I was trying to make a cellphone case with acrylic rhinestones and I noticed that when I used e6000 it made the rhinestone cloudy/bubbly. Is there a better glue with this? I’ve seen other people make cases and it seems that they don’t have this problem. Please help me out!

    • Hi Tiffany
      Its easily resolved, the solution is to use a better quality rhinestone like Swarovski or Preciosa or to use something like gemtac glue which is less abrasive. The problem is that you are using acrylic crystals with e6000 which melts the silver foil and clouds the crystals. Hope this helps.

  93. Hi,

    I would like to glue flatback crystals to my motorcycle plastic side covers, Gas tank & helmet. What is the best glue for heat, vibration & water proof? Thank you.

    • Hi Shaundie as regards the helmet and plastic side covers e6000 would probably be your best option or UV-6800 (same as e6000 but uv stable doesn’t yellow in UV light) if you can get hold of it. Its an industrial adhesive so should be fine but I would be inclined to check on EclecticProducts facebook page to ask if the glue will interfere with the plastic strength before using you can find their facebook page here. As regards the gas tank you will need a special high heat adhesive to prevent the glue malting or catching fire if your tank gets hot UV-6800 has a Temperature range of: -40 °F (-40 °C) to 150 °F (66 °C).

  94. Hello Khaled,
    I would like to crystallised leather baby newborn shoes and I wont to know what type of glue is the best choice for that lether baby shoes?
    Gemtac or E6000?
    I have read that E6000 has good bond but it is not good for baby?
    Please help me

    • Hi Veselka
      Nothing gives as strong a bond on leather as compared to rubber or plastic but of the 2 e6000 is toxic so I wouldn’t use on a babies shoes in case they swallow some of the adhesive. Gemtac on the other hand is non toxic and I have found on some leather items it gives a stronger bond than e6000 which tends to come away at the edges on some leather after excessive bending. gemtac is also non toxic.

  95. I have one more question.What kind of glue is the best for crystallize lamp (made.of glass) with swarovski nin hot fix 2058?
    Thanks

    • Hi Veselka
      I have tested a number of adhesives on glass of the ones tested e6000 and gemtac give the best long term bond because some of the others are brittle if knocked and the adhesive cracks. E6000 or gemtac don’t suffer from this problem, if the lamp gets hot e6000 can withstand temperatures of up to 150 °F while gemtac is claimed to be a unique formula actually gets STRONGER when exposed to heat. I did a hair drier test for a customer, where I put the hair dries on full for 5 minuted on set gemtac and crystals, it softened ever so slightly but hardened again as soon as it cooled. If you have both adhesives you can perform a test applying 2-3 crystals using each glue onto the base of the lamp and try picking them off after 48 hours.

  96. Hi i need help on this , I want to know what kind of driller or how to drill on eyeglass lens or frames or bracelet to rim in crystals or swarovski ?

    Thanks ,
    Sarvi

    • Hi Sarvi
      I have spoken to Swarovski as to the process and they are hopefully going to provide some info, which I can then use to put a tutorial together and test the process ; )

  97. this may sound crazy but I was wanting to add Swarovski crystals to my BBQ grill. I know e6000 will not work because the heat rating is 150F. I was hoping you knew of a high heat resistant adhesive I could use.

  98. Hi Khaled,
    I want to glue Swarovski crystals to sterling silver components to make pendants and wonder if I can use Crazy Glue? Thanks for your help…Sheila

    • Hi Sheila
      Crazy glue can be used on metal once it’s free of any grease but the chemicals in the adhesive can damage the foil backing and cloud the crystals. I would be more inclined to look at Araldite if you want a permanent secure bond without the risk of damaging the crystals.

  99. Brenda Cruz-Fletcher

    I wish to add Swarovski crystals on a Wedding dress, What type of glue should I use for the fabric that will not make the pop off?

  100. I have a belt that is full of rhinestones, I had to return one to the store and replace it because the stones kept falling out. Is there a way to seal the stones on the belt without clouding the stones as they are not all pointing in same direction. Some are on sides of stone and some upright.

    • Hi Missy
      You say some of the stones are on their side is it crystal rock the belt is coated with (lots of tiny pointed diamonds) ? are the crystals Swarovski or Preciosa or are they acrylic?
      I have heard of some people using something called ModPodge but I have never used it. It wont stop the crystals from coming loose but it will hold them in place as there will be a thin plastic layer coating the surface when the stuff has been applied much like using nail varnish. If the crystals are glass you can use e6000, or gemtac to glue them back into place if you are lucky enough to find them when they come loose, if the crystals are acrylic they will melt/cloud if you use e6000 so will have to use gemtac or something similar.

  101. Hi,

    I want to embellish a Tpu (rubber, silicon, gel) cell phone case. Should I use gem tac or e6000? Thank you!

    • Hi Wella
      The more flexible the case the more likely it is to loose crystals, TPU Cases are a lot firmer than the silicon rubber cases so would be the better option of the two. Why crystals come free is because the crystal/glue/case bond becomes over stressed from flexing and the glue crystal comes free from the case or the glue from the crystal in which case it falls off. E6000 would be the stronger adhesive of the two and if you lightly rough/scratch the surface before crystallizing it will also give a better platform for the glue to bond to. Hope that helps.

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