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Thread: how to attach crystals to wall hanging

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    I am finishing up a wall hanging....will never be washed, and have the flat sided crystals I would like to attach for highlights. What type of glue do I use?? Of course, I would test it on a scrap before gluing onto the real thing.

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    jodi in leavenworth kansas

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    I am not sure... fabric glue may not hold to the back of the crystal... super glue doesn't glue to fabric well unless you put a drop on the fabric and let it dry, then glue the crystal to that spot.

    The only problem is not letting the glue bleed in a wider circumference than the crystal.

    Are these crystals not heat activated?

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    They make a craft glue especially for adhereing crystals and "sparklies" to fabrics...I have some at home, will post the name of it as soon as I get off work if someone else hasn't already! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    They make a craft glue especially for adhereing crystals and "sparklies" to fabrics...I have some at home, will post the name of it as soon as I get off work if someone else hasn't already! :)
    I believe it's called "Jewel It". Just look in any craft store in the glue section.

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    Alene's Tacky glues from Michaels

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    Thanks for all the advice!! I have some super glue....bought it at JoAnns with one of those 50 % coupons when I couldn't find anything that hadn't been marked ''on sale'' . There are 4 TINY little tubes in a package, one use and throw it away.....I hate to use a drop or two and then the tube dries up before I can use it again. I felt good about finding a good practical use for those coupons!

    jodi in leavenworth kansas

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    Wasn't there an Alene's Jewel It glue out there at one time? I haven't looked for anything like that in a long time but I used to see it at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.

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    Use acetone (like in nail polish remover) to dissolve the bond of super glue. Works like a charm. Maybe your tube's opening is too small and/or you are working too closely (slowly). Cyanoacrylate (super glue) vaporizes and sets at a fairly low temperatures. That can be a great asset and a great pain in the asset.

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    If it is the tiny crystals that twinkle you need the heat gun to apply them. They are permanent once applied and will not come off. They were on every other quilt I saw in Paducah! I was amazed at how soft they were, you could barely feel them on the quilt.

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    I an so glad to see this thread. I went to the quilt show in Omaha today and saw these on so many of the wall quilts. I love the way the sparkle. I want to use some on my wall hangings.

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