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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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    I have the tool also. You can get them at walmart or anywhere. If you get one, make sure it has multiple tips to accomodate different sized crystals. You can only use it if the back (flat side) has the glue already on it when you buy them. The tool heats the glue.

    I used them on my capri's 3 years ago and wash them every week; they are still on!

    Oh, you can also use an iron with those pre glued crystals.

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    I used to put the larger Sworavoski crystals on things and used *Jewel Glue by Delta*. It bonded really well, but I'm partial to the hot stick crystals that you use the tool with. Not nearly as messy!

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    Allene's Jewel-It is the best. I put some crystals on a tee shirt several years ago and can't even count how many times it has been washed and dried, and they are still holding tight.

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    I use Goop 6000, it's good for what you need. Whatever you use, make sure the item does not go inoto the drier when washed.

    Any and all glues melt in a high temp drier.

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