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    HIya

    I have been working with memory wire and love it. But I want to try using bead caps to finish rather than beading over the wire. I have bought half drilled beads but was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about the best glue to use?

    Many thanks in advance

    Debra
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  • #2
    I've given up glueing on bead caps, everything I've tried hasn't worked and after a few days wear, the beads come off!

    There is a very strong glue that jewellers use & for the life of me can't remember what it's called, it's something like E900 (probably nothing like that at all now!) but I'm sure someone will know what it's called. I think I need to get myself some too!

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    • #3
      If you do a search on the forum this very topic came up about a month ago. The consensus was from a lot of people that we have tried a lot of glues and most of them don't work well for end caps on memory wire. Some people found superglue to be okay, some said the E6000 or whatever it's called.
      Personally, I've tried a lot of glue suggestions, but they always end up coming off so rather than have a client bring a bracelet etc back, I now simply turn a tiny loop with round nosed pliers and dangle a nice bead or crystal from it. At least you know that it's not going to fail.
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      • #4
        Hi

        The glue you need for jewellery making is Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy glue
        http://www.kernowcraft.com/products/...ute-epoxy-C20/ it is ideal for glueing beads onto the ends of memory wire. (We also sell silver plated memory wire ends beads... http://www.kernowcraft.com/products/...ory-wire-J101/ )

        It is very stong, and excellent for filling gaps, sets clear and dries super quickly - hence the name! To make the glue holds even better, rough up the end of the wire a little with sand paper. Don't use superglue - it is no good for filling gaps like this.

        Hope that helps!

        Hannah
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        • #5
          Thanks everyone

          I will try the glue and let you know how I get on.

          Deb
          Much love,
          Deb

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Autumn Faerie View Post

            There is a very strong glue that jewellers use & for the life of me can't remember what it's called, it's something like E900 (probably nothing like that at all now!) but I'm sure someone will know what it's called. I think I need to get myself some too!

            x
            Its called E6000 - you were close!

            We don't use any other glue for our jewellery making. I prefer it to the epoxy glues as there's no mixing so you just use it straight from the tube. You get about 15 mins(max) to work with it and after 24 hours its set solid. EG - my OH glued a tigers eye tumblestone to a metal tin without any prep work on either surface. 4 years later its still there and no amount of poking and prising with tools and sharp objects will remove it.
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            • #7
              I tried E6000 to glue ends on memory but decided I prefer to bend the end, I have a special tool that makes a small neat loop and don't think it looks too bad. I sometimes put a dangle on it to make it a bit of a feature. I use harvest gold colour memory wire which is perhaps less noticeable than silver.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by auntynet View Post
                Its called E6000 - you were close!

                We don't use any other glue for our jewellery making. I prefer it to the epoxy glues as there's no mixing so you just use it straight from the tube. You get about 15 mins(max) to work with it and after 24 hours its set solid. EG - my OH glued a tigers eye tumblestone to a metal tin without any prep work on either surface. 4 years later its still there and no amount of poking and prising with tools and sharp objects will remove it.
                LOL I knew it was something like that!!

                I might try some of that then, especially as you don't have to mix it which I find a bit of a faff.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Autumn Faerie View Post
                  LOL I knew it was something like that!!

                  I might try some of that then, especially as you don't have to mix it which I find a bit of a faff.
                  I cant stress too much how superior E6000 is - it was auntynet who told me about it a few years ago and it really is the business We used to have to buy it from the US but there are UK suppliers now
                  Hannah you ought to check it out and look at stocking it
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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the tip - we are looking into it as i type this!! E6000 is not a glue i have come across, but we will definately look into stocking it. We have always used Epoxy and found it very good, but i suppose if you don't have to mix two tubes together it would be easier, as long as it holds as well. What sort of projects do you use it for?
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                    • #11
                      I use it to stick gems to glass and cabochons into mounts - it really is the bees knees
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