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JEWELRY MAKING TIPS: What To Know About Gluing Rhinestones

Posted by learntobead on April 19, 2020


There are glue-on rhinestones and hot-fix rhinestones. They are equally as good.

For glue-on, prefer E6000 glue. Other glues either don’t hold well, or can ruin rhinestones.

When we use E6000 with rhinestones, we put a little drop of glue on the end of a pin.

Then we touch the glue to the back of the rhinestone.

We maneuver the pin-glue-rhinestone over the place where we want the stone to be.

Then we push the rhinestone in place with our finger, and simultaneously pull the pin away from the stone.

We rub the stone and around the stone with our finger or the pin to get any excess glue off.

Before it dries, E6000 rubs off like rubber cement.

E6000 takes 10 minutes to begin to set, so you can move things around for 10 minutes to get them to the position you want. At 20 minutes, the consistency is like rubber cement. You can use your finger or a tweezer and easily remove the excess glue. E6000 takes 24 hours to fully set.

 Gluing Rhinestones to Flip Flops (or other Oily Surface)

Flip Flops are a fashion statement — especially when decorated with bright, shiny Austrian crystal rhinestones. Unfortunately, the rhinestones will pop off easily, if the surface of the flip flops isn’t treated first. You see, the rubber flip flops are very oily, and glue will not stick to them very long.

I suggest going to your local hardware store. Buy a can of wood-deck water-proofing sealant, and paint it on your flip flops. Let them dry. Then glue your rhinestones on. I suggest using a glue like E6000 or Beacon 527.

Other Articles of Interest by Warren Feld:

Best Way To Thread Your Needle

Bead Stringing With Needle and Thread

Beading Threads vs. Bead Cord

Turning Silver and Copper Metals Black: Some Oxidizing Techniques

Color Blending; A Management Approach

Cleaning Sterling Silver Jewelry: What Works!

What Glue Should I Use When Making Jewelry?

When Choosing Colors Has You Down, Check Out The Magic Of Simultaneity Effects

The Color Effects of Threads

Wax, Wax, Wax

When You Attend A Bead Show…

When Your Cord Doesn’t Come With A Needle…What You Can Do

Duct Tape Your Pliers

What To Know About Gluing Rhinestones

Know Your Anatomy Of A Necklace

How Does The Jewelry Designer Make Asymmetry Work?

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The Donut Dilemma

Posted by learntobead on June 17, 2009

The Donut Dilemma

By Kathleen Lynam


Perhaps you can help our bead study group solve our donut dilemma.

Here’s what happened—our bead study group is currently exploring bead woven shapes and dimensionality. How did we decide on this particular segment of bead weaving? Well, we were inspired by Diane Fitzgerald’s new book, Shaped Beadwork. This book has become a springboard for our discussions—both technically and aesthetically. As we work on the shapes in the book, the group talks about the degree of difficulty, clarity of directions, etc.


Last week, “donuts” were brought up in our conversation. No, not the delicious confections filled with jelly or covered with sprinkles. The “donuts” I’m referring to are usually made out of gemstones, have a small hole in the center and are rather flattish.


They fit into our discussion because they are a shape and have dimension. I immediately tensed. Then I shouted out, “I hate donuts!” Why should a particular shape — donuts —  spark such strong feelings? 


Then I looked around the table and other heads were shaking in agreement. Other than one dissenting opinion, it seemed we all had a dislike for this shape.   But why, what is it about the donut that leaves us wanting and dissatisfied?


We talked about the usual way they are worn—knotted with a cord strung through it, maybe embellished with some seed beads or fringe. We were stymied to think of an example that showed creativity and yet still kept the integrity of the donut.


I decided to look through old magazines to see what I could find. I found quite a few examples for it seems donuts are very popular.


As a bead weaver, I love to bezel cabochons, I’ve used gemstone chips in crocheted ropes, but I’m still looking for a creative way to use a “donut”.


Maybe you have the answer.




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