Is Gorilla Glue Compatible With Polymer Clay?

Gorilla Glue - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #694: The answer is YES… Gorilla Glue creates a super strong and long-lasting bond when attaching metal to polymer clay.

I get a lot of questions regarding which glue to use on polymer clay, especially when attaching something like a metal glue-on bail that needs a very strong bond.

I had heard that Gorilla Glue worked on polymer clay, so I decided to test it myself. Several months ago I glued metal bails to some polymer clay heart pendants I made as samples for our Street Hearts Tutorial.

After several months, I could see they looked fine… no bad reactions or stickiness around the bail. And they appeared to be still stuck to the clay.

Today I wanted to test the strength of the bond… to be sure of it’s long term compatibility with polymer clay. I was really impressed with the how strong this Gorilla Glue turned out to be, as you will see in the video.

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  1. Krithika P, 24 August, 2015

    This was very interesting! I used Gorilla super glue a lot for gluing metal posts onto clay. It worked great at first, but I think the glue became old or something, the glue from the same bottle wasn’t working about six months later. From the video, this looks to be original Gorilla Glue, I’ll buy this now that I know it works! Thank you Cindy!

  2. Janet T., 25 August, 2015

    I really hate those bubble forming when using the gorilla glue. I’m going to give another chance to Gorila after watching your video!

  3. Carrie Harvey, 28 August, 2015

    Hi Cindy – we got some Gorilla glue free with something else recently so it’s good to know it will work with clay and metal.
    I wondered why you used the water – does it have to be applied on wet surfaces?
    Thanks!

  4. Cindy Lietz, 31 August, 2015

    Hi Carrie, Gorilla Glue is activated by water… it needs it to work.

  5. Carrie Harvey, 31 August, 2015

    Oh – thanks Cindy – l hadn’t read the instructions on the glue yet, so l’d better make sure to do that!

  6. Kathay Iskrzycki, 28 August, 2015

    Hi Guys

    I was wondering if you can show me something that will hold walls upright to a floor and roof on mini houses …..a glue that after it is baked and glued together can be re-baked?
    Tthanks Kathay

  7. Cindy Lietz, 31 August, 2015

    Hi Kathay, I have not tried to do what you are talking about, but I am thinking that Kato Polypaste might be a good option for you. It is much thicker than the other liquid polymer clay so your pieces should hold together better while in the oven, and it is an oven cure glue that is meant to work with polymer clay, so you know it would be compatible. Try it and let us know how it works for you!

  8. Maisie Starham, 28 August, 2015

    Hi Cindy (and Doug), You must know your videos are fun and appreciated when I found myself actually waving ‘bye’ to you at the end of the gorilla glue video. LOL

  9. Cindy Lietz, 31 August, 2015

    That is way too cute Maisie! :)

  10. Dixie Ann, 28 August, 2015

    Thank you for the video on using Gorilla Glue. It’s nice to know this type will work with polymer clay. I have not purchased this glue but did find one called Liquid Fusion which works much better than the E6000 in gluing on bails. You don’t have to wait 24 hrs for it to bond. It works much faster and is much stronger. Perhaps you would like to test it. I found it at Hobby Lobby as Michaels did not have it. It costs between $5-$6 per bottle but well worth it.

  11. Cindy Lietz, 31 August, 2015

    That sounds like an interesting product Dixie Ann. Thanks for letting us know. I’ll keep an eye out for it!

  12. Catalina, 01 September, 2015

    Wow! That’s my heart!! I am still in awe at having met you and your sweet husband, Doug! We are still in Alaska. We finally have the internet! I noticed the magnetic on the back and meant to ask you about what you used to glue it on with. Now, I know!! I have made Roses and used E6000 to glue the magnets on and they eventually came off. I can see Gorilla glue works really well. I just love my own Cindy Lietz’s original piece! See, everyone? You might get something special, too, if you are ever in Cindy’s neck of the woods! Vancouver is a very beautiful place to visit and we just might be back someday!

  13. Cindy Lietz, 03 September, 2015

    Good eye Catalina, I wondered if you would notice that this heart was the same one I gave to you when we met. I Hope that Your Alaskan adventure is all that you dreamed it would be. It is definitely on my bucket list of things to do. I hope we meet again soon!

  14. Catalina, 03 September, 2015

    Yes, our trip was fantastic! We are waiting to board our plane now for home. We had one minor set back. I thought I lost my laptop! I packed it in the wrong suitcase!! I tried to get the ship’s crew to let me find my luggage before we disembarked but it was too late. Half our luggage went ahead to Anchorage while we went to Denali. So we had to wait 5 days to finally check the Anchorage lugguage!! It almost ruined the rest of our trip. But thankfully it was found!!! I had all my pics of the trip so far on it and deleted them from my camera!! I will never do that again! Put Alaska on the top of your bucket list! You won’t be sorry. Can’t wait to get home to play with my clay! Lol!!

  15. Carrie Harvey, 15 September, 2015

    Just a thought, Cindy – have you tried baking this glue?

  16. Cindy Lietz, 16 September, 2015

    Hi Carrie, no I haven’t tried baking this glue. I could add it to the list of things to try though. Thanks for the suggestion!

  17. Carrie Harvey, 16 September, 2015

    I bet that’s a long list!

  18. Cindy Lietz, 17 September, 2015

    You have no idea!

  19. Kristine Dier, 30 March, 2016

    Just a recommendation for a warning on Gorilla glue. For some reason animals love to eat gorilla glue. It’s a huge problem when they eat the liquid non hardened glue. It expands to about 100x the size of the ingested amount in the stomach and requires emergency surgery to save your pets life. I say this because, like me, a lot of my fellow crafts have pets and they like to “help” when every they can. Keep your babies safe and keep on crafting!

  20. Aylisha E, 23 April, 2016

    Hi Cindy please help !!!

    I make very small charms with alot of delicate parts to most of my creations such as ears or a nose or small flowers arms legs ect. I do try to blend the clay in but sometimes they tend to fall off or break after baking if i happen to drop it from a distance or bump it too hard

    Is there a glue i could use to put on my raw clay before i bake it to help stop this from happening in the future. As well as know if I use gorilla glue on a baked piece if it can go back into the oven?

    Any other help from anyone els who make delicate jewelry will be much appreciated.

    Aylisha

  21. Sheila O’Malley, 09 July, 2016

    Hi Cindy – Well, I finally retired (not expired) lol, and am finally getting to spend a lot of my time creating. I love your videos, they are very informative and I love your personality. I am new to polymer clay and loving everything about it. I do have a question. I want to make a switch plate cover and wasn’t sure if I should use the typical plastic one to make a mold, or should I cover it with PC and bake the whole thing (plastic and all).

    Thanks

    Sheila

    P.S. Do you sign your PC pieces, if so, what do you use?

  22. Cindy Lietz, 11 July, 2016

    Hi Shelia, Glad you’re enjoying the videos! You can actually bake directly on those plastic light switch covers, though just in case it is a different type of plastic than the usual ones, it is not a bad idea to test bake one first just to be sure it won’t melt. Most of the time it should be just fine.

    If you are new to our site you may not realize we have paid tutorials and a beginner’s course. Just click the tabs at the top of the page to find posts that will give you more information on them.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Happy claying!

  23. Rianne L, 23 July, 2016

    Hi Cindy,
    Thank you for this! I want to make polymer clay earrings but use plastic posts. What glue is best to use for this?

    Thanks

  24. Gwyne B, 19 January, 2017

    Very helpful. I have been working on a snow globe project with polymer clay and needed to find a glue that works in contrast to the one I used it didn’t! Well it actually worked until the object spent a little time underwater and then it came apart. So will be trying out this gorilla glue next.

    Very much appreciate a straightforward video that doesn’t have a lot of loopy camera angles and a person who seems to be trying to be the next YouTube sensation … deserved or not. Great job, both of you!

  25. Cindy Lietz, 19 January, 2017

    Thank you Gwynne for the compliments! As far as glue for the snowglobe goes, You could try this. I haven’t tested it yet. But I have been testing hot glue and it seems to be working really well actually and it has been a few months. I go and vigorously shake it every once and awhile and it is still holding.

  26. Cindy Lietz, 19 January, 2017

    Ooops sorry for the extra n in your name. :(

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