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Gluing of crystal ornaments


#1

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to successfully hold those
swarofski crystal ornaments when a piece has broken off. I have
tried many methods with no luck at all. Crazy glue works pretty good
but you have to have a really patient and steady hand. There has to
be an easier way to keep it in place while the glue is setting.

Thank you and take care, Paul LeMay


#2

Paul;

Try “Strass Adhesive 244”

That is the best glue I found for gluing glass, rhinestones,
Swarovski crystals and gemstone to metal.

When doing mass production work, and you need to glue 10,000 tiny
Swarovski Crystals for ear studs. Than using epoxy is not your glue
of choice… you will need to mix it in small batches, it will get
dry and so on…

The strass adhesive is the best glue I ever found for mass
production gluing work… You don’t need to mix it, it holds the
stone in place before it gets dry, it is clear and when it gets dry
the bond is strong.

The manufacturer is a German company, but a google search will bring
up many other sources including ebay…

Hasulith Produkte
Sussman& steinhauser Gmbh
Glasschleiferstrase 14
D-87600 Kaufbeuren
Germany

Tel: (49) 8341 - 62087
Fax (49) 8341 - 65475

No affiliation…

Hope it helps
Hanuman


#3
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to successfully hold those
swarofski crystal ornaments when a piece has broken off. 

I’ve heard about Gorilla Super Glue and their website offers a
little video of repairs made with the stuff. Has anyone tried this
product and will it meet Paul’s needs - which match those of many of
us!

Thanks for the input and I’ll be watching for responses, Judy in
Kansas, where temps are in the upper 90s with high humidity. Sweatin’
buckets fur sure! So glad my show on Sat. was inside!!!


#4

I buy epoxy that has a very close specific gravity of the material
that i am working on and “NO PROBLEM”, Stephen, Try Rio Grande.

Stephen Wyrick, CMBJ
Gemmologist


#5

Paul,

When faceting stones I “dop” them up with super glue. In the past,
waiting for the glue to cure wasn’t easy. A trick someone was kind
enough to pass on to me was using an accelerator. Spraying that
material on the super glue causes it to set almost immediately. The
bond is terrific and can hold up to the rigors of faceting. Usually
I have to heat the brass dop to remove the stone, it’s on there so
tight. I don’t know if this will be of any help in your situation,
but hopefully it will.

Rgds… Ski


#6

Hi Ski;

When faceting stones I "dop" them up with super glue. In the past,
waiting for the glue to cure wasn't easy. A trick someone was kind
enough to pass on to me was using an accelerator. 

Without sounding dumb what do you use for an accelerator?

Thank you and take care, Paul LeMay


#7

I use the stuff that comes in the little spray bottle marked
"accellerator" they sell at places that sell CA adhesives. I get most
of my adhesive and acellerator at the local hobby shop because it’s
close.

Note that lapidary applications are fairly demanding and you should
make sure your glue is less than a year old. That’s why I buy
one-ounce bottles rather than the two-ounce ones.

RC


#8

Hi Paul,

The actual brand I happen to be using is “NCF Quick,” it’s in aerosol
can and made by an outfit in California called “Satellite City.” But,
friends of mine use whatever they happen to find on sale at the local
hobby shop. In fact, a spritzer bottle full of the stuff is pretty
cheap, and that’s what I’ll likely buy when I use the NCG brand up.
Hope this helps.

Rgds… Ski