4 Crafting Glues Worth Having in Your Bead Studio:
There are are times when a bit of glue can come in really handy when you are working with polymer clay. Knowing which glue to use and when to use them is the trick. Here are my personal favorites:
1) Liquid Polymer Clay: Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS) works great when you need to attach unbaked polymer clay either to other raw clay, or to something already baked. It also works for gluing together two pieces of already baked clay. Spread it out on your gluing surfaces and then rub with your finger to make it tacky. TLS bakes to a clear finish in the oven, and is quite strong.
2) Super Glue: Krazy Glue or any other cyanoacrylate instant glue works well for adjoining baked polymer clay to any non-porous material such as metal or glass. It works best with tight fitting pieces where there isn’t a lot of room for glue. I discussed an example of using Krazy glue with polymer clay in this article: Number Jewelry Made with Metal Scrapbook Embellishments and Fimo
3) Silicone Glues: Glues like E6000 or Goop work very well for gluing polymer clay to non-porous items like metal or glass. It smells terrible and is probably not very healthy for your brain. So use it in a well ventilated area. The upsides are that it sets super fast; it’s thick; and very strong.
4) Specialty PVA Glue: Weldbond – One of my favorite products for gluing anything to anything, if you have the time for it to dry. It is thick; strong; has no odor; is waterproof when dry; can handle the heat of baking; and the fluctuating temperatures of outside. I’ve used it for years for glass mosaic projects. Although this glue can set fairly quickly, be sure to let your projects sit over night for proper curing. Weldbond dries clear. It is more expensive than regular white glue, but cheaper than most other specialty glues. Cleans up with water rather than solvents.