My Rhinestoning Experience – Using Gem Tac vs E-6000

Have you ever wondered what kind of rhinestone glue works best? Read on to find out what I have learned over the past few years (and I’ve learned a lot). I’m finding that the more I rhinestone jackets and costumes, the more I actually enjoy it. Call me crazy! It’s like a craft – it feels good to see how it turns out when I am done.

Here’s my brief history of rhinestone experience:

Two years ago, my hip hop class danced to “Ice Ice Baby”, the warm up suits we wore seemed appropriate. At the last minute, we decided to put our names in rhinestones on the back. Being that I had no experience with rhinestones, I bought peel and stick ones from the craft store. That was a bad idea for two reasons. First of all, the stickiness of the adhesive was not strong enough for clothing. I ended up having to go buy some glue. I bought the kind that was recommended by the dance studio (Beacon Gem Tac). Since I had to peel the backs off each rhinestone, then glue put glue on each one, it took A LOT longer than I expected. I think in all, it took me about 6 hours. At the end, I was very happy with how it turned out, and my rhinestones stayed on, while most of the other ones that had not been glued on (other people in our class) were falling off.

The next year, my daughter was invited to be in the competition classes. Little did I know how much rhinestoning was involved in competitions. In the end, it was worth it. The extra stones really glitzed up their costumes! Her dance studio gave us the rhinestones we were to use on the costumes, and suggested we use the Gem Tac to glue them on. It was nice not having to peel the backs off each of them, since there were likely several hundred. The Gem Tac was easy to use, though messy. The glue, though white, dried clear, so what little bits of glue did not stay under the rhinestone, was not obvious. This was good, since her ballet costume skirt was purple tulle. White glue spots would not have been pretty. The downside of this glue was that it bled through the fabric. I had to be careful to make sure the layers were separate, and there was something underneath the bottom. My folding table still has my name in glue residue that I have not been able to get off. I also discovered that Gem Tac doesn’t work well on velvet. The top of Grace’s ballet costume was velvet. It took a lot of effort to get the glue to stick and hold the rhinestones on. In the end, I figured out the right amount of pressure, and length of time to squeeze each stone on to make it work. This created a lot of extra time I didn’t plan on spending to get her costume done. I also ended up putting rhinestones on her dance jacket. In the end, most of the rhinestones stayed on through 3 competitions and 2 shows, though a few came off of her jacket after several washings.

Now, we come to this year. We moved to MN, and found ourselves at a new dance studio. In talking to some of the moms, they suggested E-600 for rhinestones. They said it will stick anything to anything. One of the dance moms, Barb, has lots of experience with rhinestones, etc. and said she swears by it. She used it to rhinestone both of her daughters’ costumes, jackets, and other dance gear over the years. She’s also used it to attach bling to her daughter’s Dream Duffel. Yeah, but how hard is it to use?? The answer is, not very.

I had already added rhinestones to Grace’s new jacket. The material was a bit more of a shiny material, with the logo embroidered on the back. I used the Gem Tac as usual, and after 2 washings, rhinestones started falling off. I decided to try some E-6000. They sell it right at the dance studio, and it wasn’t very expensive. I started using it to reapply the few stones that had fallen off. I was disappointed to see that there was a dirty-looking residue where the old glue had been. Maybe Gem Tac doesn’t stay good for a year? Barb told me that E-6000 lasts for years.

When we got her costumes, we were given a packet of 200 rhinestones to apply randomly on her tap skirt, and another packet with more rhinestones that we were to make stars out of. E-6000 and I quickly became friends. It was very sticky, but thicker than the Gem Tac (which was the consistency of school glue). I didn’t have to hold each individual stone on as I applied it. As soon as I put the glue on, it started to dry, which made it bond instantly to the fabric. Due to the thicker consistency, I found myself squirting the glue into a small dollop onto a piece of waxed cardboard. I then used the skinny end of rhinestone sticks to put just a dab of glue on the stone before affixing it. This system went really slick! I was able to do both costumes in the amount of time it took me to do that first one two years ago.

There was one thing I didn’t love about E-6000. When I was making the stars (another blog post to come soon on that ordeal), I had to slide the stones around a bit to get the shape just right. As I did, some glue got up the sides of the rhinestones. This dulled the sparkle of the stones some. I am going to go back and try to scrape some of it off, but I don’t want to wreck the stars, either. On the upside, the glue that did get on the table (not much) peeled right up like a rubber strip.

From now on, I will also be swearing by E-6000 for applying rhinestones. After we get Grace her Dream Duffel, we will try it to affix some bling too. I’ll add a comment once we try it.

What experience have you had with gluing rhinestones? What’s worked, what hasn’t?

144 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. samantha
    May 15, 2012 @ 02:06:33

    Ive been using E6000 to apply rhinestones on hard phone cases. I love this glue because it keeps everything intact! The reason why your rhinestones are clouded from the glue is because they are acrylic. E6000 eats up the acrylic, peeling the back foil, causing discoloration and clouding. I recommend swarovski rhinestones but they are expensive. Today I tried expoxy glue (two substances that mix together) because I made the mistake of buying $50 worth of acrylic rhinestones. I don’t recommend the glue because its more strong in smell and dries up instantly within 5 minutes. I heard good and reviews on gem tac glue and will be trying this out because I dislike how E6000 gets so stringy and gives a dirty looking residue. Keep us posted 🙂 !


    • Sarah S.
      May 15, 2012 @ 08:51:57

      I’d love to hear how it goes after you use the Gem Tac. I liked it fine, but some gems fell off after washing, and it took longer to dry. Let me know how it goes for you! Good luck!


    • Jennie
      Apr 09, 2014 @ 19:16:37

      This post is “tacky”. lol Seriously, thanks for the tip on the type of glue. I am getting ready to do some wedding flip flops and still haven’t got the how to put the glue on the flip flop or the rhinestone itself yet. ? How do you put E6000 on the tiny rhinestone and then onto the fabric? with your finger?


    • joe
      Aug 24, 2015 @ 13:55:18

      Whatever you do, don’t waste money on swaroski, they’re nice but not great for costumes, to get the most flash, I recommend Czech preciosa, they are lot cheaper and have more flash that is needed in costumes. I’d also recommend China crystals if your on a budget which are similar and cheaper.


  2. Trisha
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 15:41:17

    I have always been told to use E-6000 for everything from recital shirts to costumes and have. I really hate the smell and how hard it is to work with. I also machine wash and dry all the t-shirts. I always find rhinestones in the dryer that have fallen off with the E-6000 due to the heat I believe. I tried the Gem-tac recently and was very pleased with how easy it was to use and have not had any fall off in the wash. Also recently tried for all recital costumes putting sequins and rhinestones on and worked perfectly. I guess it is personal preference but from now on for small things like rhinestones and individual sequins I am for Gem-tac. For heavier applications that will not be washed E-6000 is good.


  3. Heather
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 09:02:06

    I’m working on a skating costume and purchased Swarovski flat back rhinestones and the company recommended the Beacon 527 because it won’t deteriorate the foil on the new xillion crystals and is supposed to stay flexible. My problem is that they are falling off once I put the costume on. The first dress was crushed velvet 4-way and nothing seemed to fall off until it was worn and then I lost 5 crystals (which may not seem like much but they are in a 1 per 2″ pattern). Now the costume is a 4-way milliskin nylon and I ran a test and it seems as soon as it stretches it pops off. Should I be applying these while they are worn?? Anyone have any tips or tricks I should know about? I’m about ready to order a dozen different glues on Amazon! The competition is in 2 weeks.


    • Sarah S.
      Jul 27, 2012 @ 00:05:24

      I’ve never tried Beacon 527, but I’m pretty sure the stones we used this year were also Swarovski. The first year, my daughter’s costume was crushed velvet – that’s the year I used Gem Tac. I had to really push and hold each one on for several seconds before letting go. They stuck, but I also had to let them dry for close to 48 hours before lifting up the costume (or some would fall off). She did lose some stones at each competition. Velvet is just tough to rhinestone.

      If the outfit is really stretchy, then yes, I would put them on while she’s wearing it. We did this for the stars so they wouldn’t bunch the fabric weird. You may want to put wax paper between her body and the costume so the glue that bleeds through doesn’t cover her with it. You don’t want to be peeling it off her, or you will have stones popping off. I liked the E-6000, even if it does get stringy and dries quickly. Still haven’t lost any stones (or none noticeable) after 4 competitions and 2 recitals. Also, I have washed her dance jacket dozens of times and only ever lost maybe one stone.

      Hope this helps. Let me know if you find anything that works better or doesn’t.


      • Heather
        Jul 27, 2012 @ 07:37:55

        Thanks for the input. I ended up ordering the E6000 and the Beacon Costume & Mask Glue off Amazon. I made a flat cardboard form covered with an old pillowcase for the costume and stuffed it inside to prestretch the fabric. I also did a test on some scraps the night before. After 24 hours, the E6000 stones started to come off when stretched, the Costume glue held fast. I even tried hot glue which was lumpy and messy but also held tight. On the Beacon website the Costume glues says its for fabric, rhinestones, feathers, ballgowns, skating costumes… etc. The price sucks though, its twice the cost for half the amount. It handles like Elmers school glue but dries flexible and clear. It darkens the fabric slightly. It has a longer working time so I could get 9 or 10 affixed with a pea sized amount vs 3 or 4 using the same amount of 527 or E6000. It seems like availabilty is limited of the Costume glue, but that would be my recommendation. I do not plan on washing this costume so I have no idea if it would hold up to laundering. I will just spot clean if needed.

  4. Samantha
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 00:43:32

    I was the first one to comment when this blog was posted. Now that I have much experience with both glues I can give my two cents 🙂 I customize phone cases for a living and always apply e6000 to my acrylic rhinestones. Some acrylic rhinestones will cloud and the foil will get eaten up by the e6000. Luckily I have found a whole seller that has ones that won’t fade. Swarovski crystals will work with this glue as well. My phone cases stay well in tact for months even with bulky resin charms glued to it. This glue is strong and is not recommended for long exposure. It’s sticky and stringy. It dries fast but is completely dry after 48 hours. Don’t mess with it while its drying! Gem Tac dries completely clear unless you put way too much. I’ve seen blobs sometimes because of this. It will hold the rhinestones but i can easily peel it off with my fingers once its cured. I one thing I am having an issue with us are all e6000 glues the same? Because some have diff. Labels. I tested the craft one from micheals that’s labeled amazing and when it dries it gets mushy and falls apart. The one that’s says clear medium viscosity dries completely hard and solid.


    • Sarah S.
      Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:49:18

      Huh – didn’t realize there were different E-6000s! Our dance studio sells the stuff I used – it does have the word “amazing” on the package. I still have not had any problems, and have only lost maybe a couple of rhinestones total off all the items we have rhinestoned. This has held true, even with multiple washings. Maybe the one from Michael’s was expired? I don’t know.

      I do believe our studio uses the Swarovski rhinestones, as I have never had issues with foil peeling off like I have seen others talk about. I am going to confirm this with the studio owner.

      Thank you for your comments!


    • Kito
      Feb 12, 2013 @ 14:19:16

      Can you tell me where you get the rhinestones that won’t fade please, that E6000 ate up all my rhinestones.


      • Sarah S.
        Feb 12, 2013 @ 21:04:39

        I always get my rhinestones at the dance studio. I asked our studio owner where she gets them, and she said she only purchases Flat Back Swarovski rhinestones from Rhinestones Unlimited. Being that they are a wholesaler, she said you have to have a license to purchase from there. Their site is:

        If you are not able to order from them, maybe you can look for the Flat Back Swarovskis somewhere else? I have never had a problem with foil melting off, or the rhinestones otherwise being damaged by Gem Tac OR E-6000 (even the cheap self-adhesive ones I first used). Good luck!

    • Danyale
      Oct 31, 2013 @ 20:43:15

      Samantha I have a question for you what kind of acrylic rhinestones did you find that can handle the e6000 glue. I was trying to glue some of acyrlic ones to a picture frame and they just eat them completely and I dont want to spend the money on the Swarovski. I would mush appreciate the help! Thank and hope to talk to you soon.


    • Maria
      Apr 02, 2014 @ 22:44:57

      Samantha, i realize this post if from years ago, but i am having the same crisis with foil backings popping off. Do you mind sharing your supplier information or even if i can purchase from you. It’s killing me that my items are popping off!


  5. H. Parker
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 13:41:01

    I think that was my issue too. I used cheap rhinestones and the foil peeled off. Live and learn I guess. What is the most economical way to go to decorate cell phone cases w/ stones? (glue and stones)


    • Sarah S.
      Feb 11, 2013 @ 20:49:11

      I have not tried rhinestoning a cell phone case. I would think E-6000 would work well, but I cannot say from experience. I have never tried the double sided tape either.


  6. H. Parker
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 13:42:29

    Well the foil backs kind of melted off- I guess. So now I have a load of these cheap rhinestones. Does the double-sided tape work (for non clothes items)?


  7. Melissa
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 21:26:05 is a great site for stones! I’ve always used plain old super glue gel and it works like a charm 🙂


    • Gel
      Nov 17, 2013 @ 19:10:34

      That’s where I’m getting my rhinestones as well, but on their site, it says E6000 is not recommended for foiled stones. So in this case, should I use Gem-Tac? Can you provide a link to this “plain old super glue gel”?


  8. RoseMary
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 15:05:37

    I’ve been rhinestoning for a long time used gem-tac, jewel it, e 6000, e 6800 (uv/waterproof) not easliy found, and boat glue yup bass pro shop used on canvas sails uv and waterproof doesnt discolor comes in a tube like e6000 makesure its clear. gem-tac jewel it or any of the fabric rhinestone glues that are white I don’t care for they dry to slow, and under heat… (dance costumes stage lighting) they start to slide. I prefer e6000 and the boat glue. e 6000 I use a syringe to apply. any stretch fabric a stretch out first and if washable wash first. lot of fabrics have stay in them which makes sticking sometimes the reason the fall off, stretching straps etc loosens the fabric and the glue will stick better. also keep alchol handy test on a piece of fabric for color fastness, it will gum up e6000 so it can be picked off most fabrics except real porous like lace. shiney fabric if possible a fine sand paper to rough up/unshine fabric help it adhere also. also it does not like to dry in the cold I make sure it is around 70 degrees to cure hopefully 48 hrs (everyone would say my stones never pop off one year they did and found out it was the weather). and use a fan (warm weather) out the window to circulate air(fumes) I use to use toothpick with bees wax at the end to pick up and place stones now I use the Cyrstal katana pricey but lasts and easier on hand cramping. Best stone pricing I found dreamtime is good, favorite it the bead factory their online price are good but if you call the store and have shipped you’ll get the in store price (they are a open to public wholesaler in the garment district L.A california.. found them to beat everyones prices. I use Rhinestonesusa also but they are slow in shipping. I usually need within 2 max 3 days of ordering. and don’t want to pay over 7.00 to have a 3 day turnaround. Shoes, hard cases, etc.. I use epoxy things that get handled alot works best use the slow cure atleast 10mins so you have time to work.
    Everyone have fun….


    • RoseMary
      Mar 11, 2013 @ 15:11:47

      just adding website


      • tiaje
        Feb 20, 2016 @ 18:04:32

        Hey. I LOVE the bead factory. I moved out of state but that’s my #1 place to get rhinestones downtown. But I have the hardest time rhinestoning shoes. The stones always fall off. I’ve tried E6000 and hypo cement. I am getting frustrated. I usually wait 24-48 hrs but the rhinestones pop off. I’ve also recently tried rhinestoning a coffe mug and the stones lifted off the cup while the stones were bound together from the E6000. Do u have suggestions

    • Andrea
      Apr 04, 2013 @ 11:46:45

      RoseMAry what glue would you use on the rubber of converse shoes? And would you use a different glue for the fabric part of the shoe? Can you give me the names of the glues? Thanks for your help!


    • Mignonne
      Apr 25, 2013 @ 11:54:35

      Hi RoseMary need your help which glue would you use on Vans to stick Swarovski and telephone cases thank you


    • gloribee
      May 27, 2013 @ 09:11:15

      re epoxy for shoes and hardcase what is the name of the epoxy you uses


    • Sarah S.
      Jul 06, 2013 @ 11:09:43

      How do you clean the syringes when you are done??


      • RoseMary
        Jul 26, 2014 @ 16:52:45

        wow this is late in coming I lost everything in my computer over a year ago was looking for something and found this site again… i guess better late then never.?, if anyone started using the syringe with E6000 know that i use a disposable 6cc or 10cc size luc lock i can refill 2 or 3 times, and get the craft tips i use those turkey spikes the close up with string to clean the tips and they can be reused multiple times soaking in alcohol works, I stone a lot so I get in bulk thru healthwarehouse online, the tips thru Howard electronics the cheapest I found. epoxy is good for hard cases, glass, anything outside car emblems etc. epoxy by GM, anything soft rubbery like those sanitizer holders they are soaked in a mineral bath for 2 days to get the oils out.

    • Jennifer
      Feb 22, 2016 @ 10:48:31

      I’m looking at applying crystals to a lamb skin rodeo queen dress.. This will need to be dry leaned every so often. What glue would work best?


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  10. Stephanie
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 15:33:28

    I would like to add Swarovski Rhinestones to my daughters Letterman jacket. Do you think the E6000 would be the best choice? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!


  11. Lori
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 13:34:51

    Can you give me advice on an easier way to apply gems to fabric without getting glue everywhere? I don’t have a gem stick that you have referred to Sarah. I’ve got glue all over my fingers and it’s just a mess! LOL And btw I have used E6000 and have tried everything. I use it on any project that requires a durable glue!


    • Sarah S.
      Apr 18, 2013 @ 18:42:56

      I would recommend the gem sticks, or even toothpicks could work. Put a dime sized amount on a piece of wax paper, cardboard, etc. Use the end of the gem stick or toothpick to get a small amount of glue to put on the rhinestone or fabric. You likely will get some on your fingers, but not as much as just trying to go right from the bottle.


    • Tammy Potter
      Apr 25, 2013 @ 12:07:56

      I did Faberge eggs for a long time and I put some glue on paper and use a toothpick or an opened paper clip (both disposable) to place glue and the long tweezers to place the gem but then you can add the glue to the item first only 2 or 3 gems ahead of time


  12. Mignonne
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 11:53:15

    I need some help, I covered a canvas shoe in Swarovski. Some places they fall out in lumps. I used gem tac. I like it because it dries clear and gives me time to work. My first project and want to do more. What glue is good for shoes. RoseMary said something about epoxy glue, Which one would this be. I need to restick the stones and don’t want to go to that trouble.
    Also for telephone cases which glue is great. Thanks for the help in advance.


  13. Tammy Potter
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 12:04:00

    I also used e6000 today and EVERY stone looks like cracked glass and dull What can you use to adhere the acrylic stones? I need to use them up and will Never buy them again thx


  14. Tammy Potter
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 12:14:40

    I forgot to mention I am a professional seamstress and Did drapes and weddings and needed to apply many trims beading etc and I used FABRI-Tac (made by Beacon Adhesives) It bonds Fabric, Lace,leather and Trims and is crystal clear and washable after 24 hours…I will return to it also


    • A
      Jun 05, 2013 @ 19:32:30

      I have a wedding dress that is chiffon and want to add some bling but do not want to destroy the chiffon. Have used Fabri-Tac on chiffon. I really do not care about washing as this is a one time wear. I just want them to be able to make it on the dress for a flight and a day of wear at a beach wedding. Thanks for the input!


      • Sarah S.
        Jun 05, 2013 @ 20:09:10

        I would think E-6000 would work just fine. Just make sure to remove the excess glue off the outside of the stone.

      • Tammy potter
        Jun 06, 2013 @ 06:03:25

        When I used E6000 it DESTROYED the gem on the back and gave the appearance of cloudy and cracked gem and extremely dull

      • Sarah S.
        Jun 06, 2013 @ 08:23:47

        I’m finding through comments, and as more times has passed since I first started rhinestoning, that it really depends on the rhinestones used. I had never experienced E-6000 eating the stones, but after 2 years, some of the old (cheaper quality) stones are getting that same cloudy look, and are falling off. In short, yes, the glue has eaten through the stone, but it took a long time. Now that I’m using the flat backed Swarovski stones, they no longer get that cloudy, cracked look, and I haven’t lost more than 1-2.

      • Sarah S.
        Jun 06, 2013 @ 08:26:58

        Also, for a one time use, Gem Tac might do the trick because of how easy it is to use. She will just want to make sure it’s plenty dry before packing it in a garment bag to take on the plane. It seems to take longer to completely adhere, and I’ve had way more fall off with Gem Tac (though usually, that has happened in the wash, or from storing it before completely drying).

  15. Drjack
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 08:01:57

    Fabri-Tac by Beacon is a SUPER, WONDERFUL glue to use on fabrics. Believe it or not it really works very well on paper too. I have been using this glue for many years and it has never failed. Rhinestones (Cheap and Swarovski Cyrstals) have never fallen off when I use this glue. Hope this helps.


  16. Drjack
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 08:06:55

    Also, I have used E6000 on fabric and it is a GREAT glue. I have washed several garmets after using this glue and all the crystals/rhinestones stay attached. I am trying to find the best glue for rubber (tennis shoes). I used E6000 if worked but some of the rhinestines fell off. The foil backing stayed adhered to the shoes or fell completely off (I guess I should have used my Swarovski Crystals). Any suggestions for glue to use on rubber is appreciated.


  17. jeanne
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 20:06:40

    Make sure you are using E6000 in a well ventilated area. We are using GEM TAC on all our costumes. I will use E6000 on shoes and accessories…


  18. Carrie
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 22:45:01

    This site is extremely helpful! am wanting to glue swarovski crystals on a leather horse bridle. What glue would you recommend & what tools do I need? Thank you for any advice- hoping to have a successful project!


  19. Carrie
    Jul 12, 2013 @ 16:54:46

    Thank you Sarah! Will try that!


  20. marissa
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:45:32

    i want to put rhinestones on my converse [on the fabric part] but i dont know what kind of glue or rhinestones to use anybody have any ideas?!!


  21. Michelle
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 13:10:19

    I’m turning to the experts here as this is my first time applying rhinestones. My daughter’s Irish Step Costume needs some bling. I will be applying the rhinestones to the center of lace flowers. The costume does not stretch and will not be washed. However, even the younger girls are jumping all over the place so I need the rhinestones to stay on. I did buy a heat tool. I think bedazzler but I’m more than happy to purchase the glue suggested here. Which do you think would work best? In our non-profit, non competitive, studio the dresses are worn until outgrown, dry cleaned and passed on to the next girl so I would like the rhinestones to stay on and shiny!

    So, what’s easiest and lasts the longest on lace on top of velvet?

    Thanks for any advice?


  22. Natalie L.
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 02:12:17

    Hi everyone, I’m new to this blog. Just wanted to share my experience on buying rhinestones online for my skating costumes last month. I bought them online from . I think they are just too good, so I’d like to share my experience on it.
    I know they are not Swarovski crystals when I placed an order, but they are far cheaper than swarovski, so I’d still like to try on that. The crystals took around a week to arrive, and I found the crystals are incredibly good with such price range. (around $8.90 for 1440pcs). I almost cannot distinguish them from Swarovski. It’s just a great deal.


    • Kelley H Smith
      Feb 04, 2018 @ 20:05:21

      THANK YOU!!!!! I’ll be getting my crystals from here from now on. Actual glass and NOT acrylic at an AWESOME price.


  23. Caitlin
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 11:42:00

    Hello! I’m looking to glue various rhinestones onto glass. I’ve used E6000 and though I swear by it for any other project, it has eaten away at my rhinestones on the glass.
    I have a significant amount of rhinestones from China, so I’d prefer not to buy all new stones. Does anyone have any suggestions for adhering acrylic rhinestones to glass? Some of my pieces are meat to be drunk out of, so it has to put up with some delicate washing as well.
    Thank you so much!! This thread has been so helpful!


    • Natalie L.
      Sep 03, 2013 @ 21:50:51

      Hello, try using the slow setting 45 mins 2-part Epoxy Glue, they come in 2 tubes, one A and one B. Mix them up in 1:1 ration, it will give you a very high strength and highly transparent glue which is excellent to glue Rhinestones on Glasses.

      btw, try buying crystal rhinestones instead of acrylic rhinestones next time, they look much better 🙂


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  25. Sandy
    Sep 21, 2013 @ 21:51:25

    i read all above posts. very helpful. but….. im still confused. i am putting swarvoski flatback crystals with foil backing on a dance teams uniforms. uniform has stretch to it. so which glue do you experienced fellow blingers have? thanks in advance


    • Sarah S.
      Sep 21, 2013 @ 23:39:04

      Huh – I didn’t think the swarovski flat back stones had foil backs. Maybe try the glues suggested by others?? Gem Tac or E-6000, foil back stones eventually got cloudy and fell off…

      The key with stretchy materials, is to have the dancer have it on, or somehow stretched out a bit, or stones will definitely pop off as soon as it gets stretched.


  26. s. retro
    Oct 26, 2013 @ 16:25:16

    Hi, I have a custom letterman that is covered in crystals on the back. Its 3 years old and I wear it everyday during the cold weather times (MICHIGAN) and have only lost 2 or 3 stones, but that’s probably due to it getting treated like a random wind breaker. The same people that did my jacket also made a t shirt for me which they stoned the letters with crystals, and by it being a white shirt, I wash it with the rest of my white laundry (hot water and bleach with the detergent and fabric softener), and I have lost like 2 stones in over a year and quite a few washes. I think no matter what glue is used the acrylic stones will cloud after a while, because I even have stones that are clouding in my organizer that haven’t seen a drop of glue yet. e6000 is amazing to me, I use it to fix shoes, and fix my accessories when they break. I use e6000 to rhinestone everything and it works well. I will admit that it is a tad bit messy and stringy, but I had to figure out a system for application and cleanup. Gem tac is awful to me, it is like the equivalent to Elmer’s school glue in my opinion. Swarovski stones can be purchased in bulk for a super reasonable price (1440 pcs) for under $10 by any wholesaler, the only thing is the shipping time.


  27. Kat
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 16:42:42

    Ok, I agree that the consistency of e6000 is better by far. But the thing is that it is highly toxic. It has been linked to cancer so much so that it legally must have a label saying that it is dangerous. Gem tac is totally non toxic. It’s not worth the risk!!


    • Nana
      Nov 30, 2013 @ 16:39:10

      Totally agree with you on the E-6000, apparently it is even banned in the State of California as containing a carcinogenic compound! Ugh… I can only imagine how many children use it in their school projects out there!!!


  28. Nana
    Nov 30, 2013 @ 16:35:58

    Hi all, I’m a crafter who is always glueing stuff together. So far I have used E-6000 and a wide variation of crazy glues. I learned the hard way that I’m very allergic to the epoxy in E-6000 so badly that I can’t even wear the necklaces I made using that glue (my asthma flares up right away). So, recently I randomly used nail glue (Nailene Ultra Quick) to add acrylic gemstones to a leather clutch and BAM it worked wonders! You need just a little and glues hard and fast. I have also used it on linen, and patent leather and so far all is glued , nothing falls off. Just thought I would share the discovery with you ❤
    Happy crafting!


  29. Momma Beth
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 09:04:53

    For the lady who got glue on the crystals, one of my customers used formula 66 and it works well to get the glue off. She said the bonus was it shines the crystals up really well also.


  30. lisa
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 12:32:38

    what about the fact that they are pretty toxic and contain cancer causing agents. We are very cognizant of issues like this as we are very activein the world into childhood cancer. Just thoughts on if there is anything non toxic that will actually work?


    • Sarah S.
      Feb 28, 2014 @ 15:18:31

      I believe Gem Tac is a non-toxic glue. It definitely has far less fumes than E-6000. It also doesn’t hold as well, in my experience. I’d love to hear other’s thoughts on non-toxic glues that they may be aware of that will hold rhinestones.


  31. Lady Arachne
    Mar 01, 2014 @ 17:01:30

    As a burlesque performer, I use rhinestones a lot. I prefer GemTac. I don’t use E6000 very much, because of the toxic fumes. I have tried rhinestoning using different glues on different fabric I have found the gem glue works better. But that is just my own experience


  32. aligirl
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 11:28:51

    I am going to glue some Swarovski stones on my wedding dress along the corset & I think I am going to use the e6000 just a couple questions to u think when I tie it up & pull it tight they will pop off? Also does e6000 discolor the fabric at all me dress is cream & I dont want coloring around the stones. THANKS SO MUCH FOR ANY & ALL ADVISE!


    • Sarah S.
      Apr 01, 2014 @ 11:39:31

      I have not had issues with it discoloring fabric. Occasionally, on black fabric (especially lace or mesh), I have noticed a bit of white if I made a mistake and placed the rhinestone in the wrong place, or somehow smudged the glue. On white or colored fabric, I have not had issues. Just use a tiny bit, and I would recommend using a syringe to apply the glue. You should not have issues with them popping off, we put fabric through the ringer with dances! After the glue has dried a couple of days, it might not be a bad idea to try it out a couple times before the big day, just in case.


  33. Jessica Jones
    May 17, 2014 @ 19:56:34

    Hello! Has anyone tried the E6000 on any leather, or tennis shoes? I am interested in blinging some shoes, but wondering which glue might hold up best, or hold at all. Thanks!


    • RoseMary
      Jul 26, 2014 @ 16:55:37

      I’ve used 2 part expoxy and E6000 on leather both work E6000 is more convenient, on rubber thats different for the most part E6000/6800 if you can find it (uv protection) works I try to give it a mineral bath for a day or 2 tennis shoe if you can soak that part in dawn dishsoap a day and rinse and wipe with alcohol that preps it


      • tiaje
        Feb 20, 2016 @ 18:07:16

        Hey. I LOVE the bead factory. I moved out of state but that’s my #1 place to get rhinestones downtown. But I have the hardest time rhinestoning shoes. The stones always fall off. I’ve tried E6000 and hypo cement. I am getting frustrated. I usually wait 24-48 hrs but the rhinestones pop off. I’ve also recently tried rhinestoning a coffe mug and the stones lifted off the cup while the stones were bound together from the E6000. Do u have any suggestions

      • RoseMary
        Feb 20, 2016 @ 22:09:25

        also if your stoning the rubber part of tennis shoes most contain mineral oils, you need to soak them in dawn dish soap and water for a day or 2 dry and wipe down with alcohol to prep, also light grid sand paper to tooth the surface also may be a poblem, but epoxy is the best, 2nd boat glue weather resistent 3rd e6800 uv protected glue

      • RoseMary
        Feb 20, 2016 @ 22:04:52

        2 part epoxy, swarvoski has a great one better then GM since that one 1 part in yellowish, where the swarvoski brand is clear both parts. I use the expoxy on auto parts interior and out. holds up to weather and washing

  34. Ashley
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 04:11:53

    CANCER WARNING label on e6000 is taking about a 1 inch by 1 inch square on back of tube. Says it causes cancer and breathing it in causes confusion and instability! I thought I was losing my mind gluing thousands of crystals! I just bought gem tac as it’s NON toxic, scary warning label 😦 disappointed I wanted to use the e6000 but too risky


    • r9dancer
      Feb 20, 2016 @ 21:39:38

      Use a 2 part epoxy..although I have used GM great success 1 part is yellowish, swarovski has their own both parts clear but a little pricey but i like it the best


  35. {custom varsity apparel
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 04:18:09

    After I initially commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added-
    checkbox and now each time a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the same comment.
    There has to be an easy method you are able to
    remove me from that service? Many thanks!


    • Sarah S.
      Aug 27, 2014 @ 21:31:13

      Unfortunately, I don’t know how to do that… it’s all automated through wordpress. There should be an unsubscribe button on the emails?


  36. John Yingling
    Dec 20, 2014 @ 03:27:17

    Another way to add rhinestones to stretch velvet is to do it the old-fashioned way-sew them on. Of course you have to purchase rhinestones with holes in them, using a seed bead and a beading needle. Back in the stone age before anyone ever glued stones to fabric, I sewed on beads and rhinestones, estimating one minute per embellishment, and charged the customer accordingly. And guess what? Those beads and stones never fell off!


  37. Veronica
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 18:42:49


    I need to apply scattered rhinestones on a costume that is shirred fabric with a leotard built in underneath. Is there a good technique that you can share on how to avoid having the glue stick both layers of fabric together? It looks similar to your stars blue costume. Thanks!


    • Sarah S.
      Jan 21, 2015 @ 22:50:22

      Put a piece of wax paper in between them. This will keep the two pieces of material from being glued together. Another option would be to put your hand in between them to separate them.


  38. Veronica
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 09:36:59

    Hi Sarah,

    The costume that I am working with – I can’t put wax paper or get my hand in between the layers, it’s sewn on. I can pull the first layer up (the layer that I want to rhinestone but then I would probably have to hold it up for a few minutes to set, otherwise the glue may run through? Sorry if I am not describing well, first time doing something like this! Thanks!


    • Sarah S.
      Feb 01, 2015 @ 08:21:51

      I didn’t see this comment earlier. I’m so sorry. I hope you got it. In the case you describe, I would just glue them on the lace. Every so often, lifting the lace layer off the fabric before it’s all the way dry. The glue will dry clear, so you won’t necessarily see the small dots on the fabric inside.


  39. Naomi
    Apr 11, 2015 @ 04:32:21

    Be careful with Gem Tac. Stones fall off when your items you glued it onto, becomes warm or hot. I use a glue that is recommended by Swarovski. This glue is for Swarovski stones (flatback no hotfix). We stock the glue. Even NASA uses it.


  40. Stephanie
    Apr 12, 2015 @ 10:58:29

    Hi just a quick tip on the E6000 if you mess up or your rhinestones get dirty you can clean up with acetone, and yes E6000 does mess up plastic rhinestones so try using real Swarovski rhinestones and you’ll be good 🙂


  41. Reanna
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 15:57:49

    Hi! I have both e6000 and beacon gem-tac. I have only used the e6000 for phone cases and other hard things. I bought gem-tac for a prom dress order I received. The dress is to be covered more or less in rhinestones. The dress is going to be pulled a lot once the girl puts the dress on (the material tag said 100% polyester.) Which glue will be best for this project?


  42. Aimee
    May 19, 2015 @ 13:28:19

    I have become the “official ‘stoner” at our studio lately. (HA!) We use flat back swarovski AB rhinestones and E-6000. I haven’t had any fall off or wash off, but I have had issues with the E-6000 if it was “old” or had been opened and it laid around with the top off. As far as the clouding of the crystals when using it, I have discovered that using a baby wipe or something like that will wipe away the excess glue and the crystals will shine right back up. A baby wipe won’t discolor the costume. I have used a clorox wipe on light/white costumes too and it works fine. I have also bought (from the jewelry section at craft stores) the E-6000 that has the tips that screw on. That are perfect for dabbing on just the right amount of glue. We are lucky to have a couple of doctors and dentists children at our studio and I use a tiny forceps, needle driver, or a tweezer with a curved tip to hold my stones. Works GREAT!!!


    • Sally
      May 26, 2015 @ 09:21:09

      At which Craft store did you find the E6000 with the different tips? I bought a syringe applicator with different tips, but is a PITA to put the glue in. And it still has a stringy thingy at the end when applying each blob to phone case. Seems to be globby no matter how i apply it. I have cut off end of a cuetip, plastic straw, thin
      wooden stick,etc. Thanks in advance!


  43. Sally
    May 26, 2015 @ 10:13:12

    Never mind. LOL Found the E6000 with applicator tips!


  44. Karen
    Jun 29, 2015 @ 00:18:32

    Thanks everyone for all the great info. I just used E6000 to attach a lot of beads to a blouse I made out of fabric that requires dry cleaning. Afterwards I read E6000 package to see that it states in NOTE: Do not dry clean. Has anyone dry cleaned any of their items in which E6000 was used ? Does anyone know why it says to not dry clean ? Could it release some of its toxicity by dry cleaning ? Thanks for any ideas.


  45. Karen
    Jun 29, 2015 @ 14:20:55

    I have one more question. The glue has not dried yet, so I can still smell its scent on my blouse that I added beads to. Does the E6000 smell go away all the way after the 72 hour period of dry time ? Thanks for any answers.


    • Sarah S.
      Jun 29, 2015 @ 22:28:46

      I’ve never had it not dry after 24 hours. That’s strange! I also don’t notice the E-6000 smell on my daughter’s costumes when I take them out of the garment bags at competitions. I’m wondering if it has something to do with the fabric of the shirt? Give it more time, make sure it is out in the open (i.e. not in a garment bag or enclosed package) while drying..


      • Karen
        Jun 29, 2015 @ 23:30:42

        Hi Sarah, I’m not sure if my comment (reply to you) came through, so sorry if this is a repeat. First, thank you so much for taking the time to answer. I did use a LOT of the glue, as the beads, etc, were large. Hopefully they will continue to dry more thoroughly within the next few days and the scent will dissipate. Has anyone dry cleaned any items that had E6000 on them ? Thanks again 🙂

  46. AGoren
    Jul 16, 2015 @ 16:25:19

    I’m planning to rhinestone a mannequin torso for jewelry displaying on fairs.
    I’ll use 7 mm flat back ones should I apply the glue direct to the stone or the mannequin? If mannequin is it better to put dots of glue on the mannequin
    Thanking you in advance


  47. carry smith
    Aug 08, 2015 @ 15:46:08

    i have to western show shirts that I am going to bling but i don’t know what glue to use. it’s pretty stretchy fabric so and help would be awesome!!!


    • Sarah S.
      Aug 16, 2015 @ 18:38:35

      I would still use E-6000, but only a tiny bit. If it is a stretchy fabric, make sure it is stretched when stoning it. I use a piece of cardboard or cutting board inside the garment.


  48. Laurie
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 07:44:36

    Has anyone made ballroom jewelry? I painted liquid latex onto nude mesh fabric – 5 coats – and then cut out a trapezoid shape for a bracelet cuff. I sewed velcro on either end and then started glueing on the Swarovski flatbacks. I use E6000 for my dresses so I used it on the jewelry, too. The problem is that the rubberized fabric gets wavy when the crystals are applied. It buckles and does not stay flat. Then I tried Gem-Tac but the line of SS20s just peeled off. I also tried 100% clear silicone caulk instead of the liquid latex to give the fabric some body. This only required one coat but when I glued on the rhinestones with E6000, they just peeled off. I would love some help! Thanks!


    • Sarah S.
      Aug 31, 2015 @ 23:47:54

      I do not have experience with liquid latex and rhinestoning. I hope someone is able to help you. We just glue the rhinestones directly to the mesh on dance costumes…


  49. Purplerose
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 16:19:11

    How do you stop the stringiness? I used e6000 & fab-tac. Sarah,you like the E6000. how do you do it with out getting the string of glue stretched all over? Drjack, you like fab-tac. how do you no get the strings all over also? I have tried both. also super glue gel,& they fall off in about 3 days. Someone said the gem-tac wasn’t good either. It’s to thin & falls off. I bought cheap rhinestones( live & learn ) & yes, the e6000 melts the backing. I like the fab-tac,but I haven’t washed it yet,I DO NOT like the stringiness. There must be something out there that don’t give ya cancer, & works to. I’m going to try mixing 1to1 of the fab & gem tac,& see how that works.If anyone can please help to figure this out,the would be great.


    • Sarah S.
      Sep 12, 2015 @ 13:11:14

      I avoid the stringiness by only using a small amount at a time. Also, by using a syringe to apply the glue, it has greatly reduced the overall mess.


      • Purplerose
        Sep 14, 2015 @ 20:28:21

        I have tried using the little bit with the syringe,but it still stringy.Do you apply the glue to the gem first? I’m a bit worried about the E6000 causing cancer. I’ve tried something else,but it’s stringy to. I may try again,not sure, it was a mess.thank you for your info.

  50. Purplerose
    Sep 15, 2015 @ 09:06:39

    Can anyone else help?


    • RoseMary
      Feb 20, 2016 @ 21:58:12

      way late of an answer but…. depends on size of needle first for the size dot you need then to avoid strings place needle down, dot, and flick will cut off making the string. if you still have a string let it set for a bit then I take a toothpick soaked in alcohol not dripping but enough to make contact with glue a scrape lightly will gum glue up and string will come off, also works to clean glue off edge of stones or glue residue where you did not want it except lacey/net type of fabric, I have success in removing glue for powernet used in a lot of dance costume for shear nude or shear color parts of the costume, comes off quiet easily


      • Sarah S.
        Feb 22, 2016 @ 07:20:02

        When you use the alcohol (and I’m assuming rubbing alcohol), does it discolor the black fabric at all?

      • RoseMary
        Feb 25, 2016 @ 04:33:02

        I always check a small section. but most the time if fabric bleeds it doesnt show, literally i take a tooth pick with a little kleenex or cotton twisted on the end and bearly touch the glue, little by little it gums up and can room quickly, there are times when it get more into the fabric.. i will use a q-tip to apply and lightly scrape with the toothpick sometimes i use the loop end of a bobbypin, its ot always 100 percent but most the time it works. let dry before stoning on that area

  51. tanglestwistsntreasures
    Oct 12, 2015 @ 19:27:34

    In learning about glues as a jewelry artist, one of the first things they told me was NOT to use E6000 for rhinestones as it will eventually eat through the foil on the back of the rhinestones. Whether this will happen when they’re applied to cloth, or whether this will take some time and so will look great for a few days or weeks, and then look terrible later, I do not know. If you do a search for best uses on the web, you’ll get several posts about how it’s solvent-based and you need to use something that isn’t solvent-based or it eats your rhinestones. Personally, I’ve never tried it. The risks of using E6000 are just too great for me to want to bother, anyways.


    • Sarah S.
      Oct 14, 2015 @ 14:32:10

      I have several shirts and a couple jackets that we used E6000 to rhinestone. We’ve lost very few stones in the wash. The only stones I’ve had problems with being “eaten” by the glue were non-Swarovski.


  52. Heather
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 11:24:09

    I’ve used both and prefer the gem tac. To me it’s way easier. I only use e6000 for those that are loose. I actually had to stone pin stripes down a velour costume, and stone the seam where the velour meet the shiny material. I learned that although it didn’t hold as well on the velour, I still preferred it. It was a lot less messy.


  53. Yasmeen
    Feb 15, 2016 @ 05:54:00

    I also have used the E-6000 first time user same technique with the stick to fabric but i squeeze it straight on the fabric small sections at a time as for the glue up on the sides i use a old gift card to scrap around edges or a piece of paper folded small enuff to get it off also pressing i noticed messes up the back and dulls ur sparkle and makes the glue come around the stone so the key for me was applying just enough glue use my stick and push lightly making sure that extra glue wont slip out never used gem tac but wanted to try it ill stick with my E-6000 thanks for the heads up


  54. Rachael
    Apr 29, 2016 @ 16:56:57

    Use poster putty to pick up your crystals to place them on the dollop of Gem Tac.


  55. Monica Woodbury
    Aug 27, 2016 @ 12:22:36

    I just made a whole dress, 75% of the gems fell off, I’m so ticked. I spent all that time on 2mm gems it was tedious…


  56. Cheryl
    Oct 14, 2016 @ 21:06:02

    the applicator of the e6000 is HORRIBLE! the metal tube is not able to be controlled nor is the glue itself. Just by opening the cap it starts pouring out. There needs to be interchangable tips one Narrow for strict control and another as is for the wide amount. TOO much of the product is wasted…or gets on the fabric where you dont want it to go. I could not use it for a professional project for those reasons. Its messy and there is little control . It does stick however. Give it the necessary time to cure. Beware it will travel through the fabric also and show up when it dries. It will also stick to whatever is under that fabric so be careful where you work on project. I am happy with the sticking property of E6000 but HATE the application in every way….


  57. Sarah S.
    Oct 15, 2016 @ 16:39:30

    Agreed! That’s why I now use it with a syringe as an applicator. It makes a big difference.


  58. HeatherAnn
    Feb 22, 2017 @ 12:19:07

    Hi, all! I realize I’m waaaay late to this thread, but had to share this. Beacon makes an awesome glue called Power Tac (available at Hobby Lobby and Amazon), and it’s like E6000’s good twin, only better! It can be used on all the same surfaces (even concrete), has a lower odor (although it should still be used with good ventilation), actually has a stronger hold and dries faster than E6000 in industry adhesion tests, and–wait for it–NON-CARCINOGENIC!!! The tube is $4.99 regularly at HL, and with a 40% off coupon, that’s a whole lot of infinite-hold, cancer-free glue power for very little money. Not sure how it would hold up in the wash, but if you let it cure for a day or so, sure seems worth a try! 🙂


  59. Russell Russer
    Feb 23, 2017 @ 20:07:02

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  60. Samantha
    May 15, 2017 @ 08:15:19

    Hi im wanting to stick rhinestones to wood and the superglue I used made them cloudy – obviously bought the wrong type of rhinestones. Would gem-tax work well sticking them to wood without making them cloudy? – Its for an art project for my downstairs bathroom wall.


    • Beverle Reed
      Jun 17, 2017 @ 11:55:43

      read my problem. Gem Tac does say you can use on glass and I think wood but I don’t know if it will work or not may have the same problem as I have. This glue is not inexpensive either ..You may have to just try it and see . I would not care about the cost if it would work . I paid a little over $ 8.00 . Good luck


  61. Beverle Reed
    Jun 17, 2017 @ 11:51:29

    I bought the In Bloom rhinestones at Hobby Lobby and was told to use E 6000 to glue them on glass .I make pretty wind chimes. And like others the stone is distorted because of the foil backing . The packaging on the stones says use Gen Tac the problem here is the glue does not dry even though I have seen where it is instructed for use on glass. The upside of this the stone stays clear. I was told to use a hair dryer to dry the glue because the air does not dry the backside of the stone. I put my bottle in the sun yesterday some of the stones fell off. Sure wish i could find a glue that works. Hobby Lobby employees know nothing about crafting ,they should not be telling customers to use a specific product unless they know what they are talking about . Anyone else trying to do this same thing ? Swarovski crystals would cost too much for this project.
    Thanks B.R


    • Lisa
      Jun 19, 2017 @ 14:16:43

      E6 doesn’t work well with acrylic stones. With Swarovski it works fine for me but I prefer using Tiger Bond. So far I have only found it at Joanns and Hobby Lobby. It’s a white glue but has a firm permanent bond. It doesn’t have a harsh odor either. I make and sell custom bling phone cases and this is my glue of preference. It’s pretty strong.


  62. DJ
    Aug 19, 2017 @ 19:52:40

    Hi, I just kind of scanned these answers quickly because of the number of them. Did not notice anyone recommending Hotfix flatbacks? I have used them on several kinds of cloth and so far haven’t lost any. Not too sure about tulle, lack of surface area and all. They are a little more expensive but with the heating tool it’s a few seconds to melt the adhesive and done! No waiting for glue to dry, no fumes. Pretty fun.


    • Christy
      Oct 19, 2018 @ 16:22:27

      I was wondering the same thing. Anyone use Swarovski hotfix flatbacks? Curious how they held up over time and washings.


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    Aug 31, 2017 @ 16:03:11

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  66. Nene
    Sep 19, 2017 @ 14:41:45

    Try putting the glue on the fabric itself, several “dots” at a time, then place the stones. I find it so much easier to design and place in proper place when placing large amounts of crystals, so I don’t usually have to slide the gem after placement. Happy stoning!


  67. Angela Cooper
    Oct 11, 2017 @ 14:30:21

    I use Gem-Tac. I was gonna use E-6000 but it causes cancer. Nah I’m good. Eventually I will try E-6000 but I’ll be sure to do it outside with a ventilation mask and try not to breathe it in.


  68. Kim
    Jan 10, 2018 @ 17:23:38

    I just used E6000 to attach foil backed rhinestones to a purse. The stones lost their sparkle and I could see tons of tiny bubbles inside each stone. Lesson learned: Do not use E6000 on foil-backed gems, even if the package says it’s safe.


    • Sarah S.
      Jan 10, 2018 @ 21:56:23

      It probably depends on what brand of rhinestones you use. We use foil backed Swarovski rhinestones for dance costumes, and never have a problem with E-6000 damaging the stones. I have used other brands in the past, and did have problems with them being damaged.


  69. Dimarco
    Sep 15, 2018 @ 05:33:08

    It’s excellent to find a web site each and every once in a while which isn’t exactly the same obsolete rehashed materials. Wonderful go through!


  70. JavaBird
    Jan 22, 2019 @ 17:12:41

    Look specifically for the “Fabri-Fuse” glue from E6000, because it CAN BE DRY-CLEANED and is LOW ODOR. Even though the top of the label still says E6000, “Fabri-Fuse” is a *completely* different formula than the “Amazing E6000” general-purpose stuff. Fabri-Fuse is also cheaper than “Gem-Tac”. Here’s a link:

    PS: One of these days I’ll try it on something machine-washable, just so I can report back to you guys!


  71. Ernie Villagrana
    Nov 16, 2019 @ 21:53:03

    E6000 is no good on acrylic rhinestones, as it changes the foil backing of the rhinestone making it less shiny.


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