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Can you advise me on the proper craft adhesive for my project?

Asked by Cupcake (15437points) December 14th, 2015
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I have decorated empty glass ball ornaments to give as gifts for Christmas. One brand of sticker is not adhering well. What would be the best adhesive? I would prefer to not put anything over the top of the sticker.

I can probably send you a photo, if that would help.

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Cruiser's avatar

100% Silicone adheres well to glass. For best adhesion you should etch the glass and use a silicone primer first.

Cupcake's avatar

So I’m using 30 cent ornaments that I’ve already put the stickers on. Etching sounds like a pain… what does it involve, exactly?

These are cheap, see-how-much-I-love-you gifts. The sticker is narrow (~¼ inch?) and long with words on it. The middle is adhering fine, but some of the ends (the longer ones with more words) are sticking up.

jca's avatar

Beacon makes some good glues. Craft Glue is one and then Beacon 527 is a multi-use glue that is for metal, cork, tile, ceramics, wood, paper, glass and more (looking at the Beacon 527 tube in front of me). Dries fast and clear. About $5 at Walmart.

I’m sure etching is the best way to go, but adds another layer of work and money (for supplies) for what I think you intended to be a simple craft project, going by what you wrote (cheap, “see how much I love you” project).

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Cruiser's avatar

@Cupcake Then if it was me I would be using a glue gun. Quick easy done.

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Cupcake's avatar

@jca Thank you. I googled it – looks like a perfect option.

It seems like thick glue (like a glue gun) would stick the ends of the sticker up much higher and maybe leak out around the edges. Am I wrong about that??

Cupcake's avatar

The beacon website has a store locator that allows you to enter your zip code, distance desired and the product you’re interested in. How helpful!!

jca's avatar

Hot glue is thick and it is hard to control, especially on finely detailed items, in my opinion.

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Seek's avatar

If you’re putting the sticker on the inside of the ball (so the glass itself will be protecting the sticker) Aleene’s makes a “Reverse Collage” glue for just that purpose.

Cupcake's avatar

@Seek I think that’s a good idea for if I do something similar next year. Thanks!

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