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?

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  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 :-) !


  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


    • 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.

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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.


  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 <3
    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


  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


  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.


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