What is your favorite glue?
What glue do you use to attach bails?
How do you attach eye pins?
There are as many ways to do something as there are people doing it so I asked the Smooshers to give their answers so Teri could hear them all.
My favorite glue is Loctite Quick Set Epoxy. I use it for attaching bails.
To glue the bail: after baking, I first sandpaper (very gently) the spot where the bail is to be attached. I prepare the epoxy according to the manufacturer's directions. I put the glue on the bail and the bail on the finished piece:
Another way to attach a bail:
This piece was done in two steps. First, I made (and baked) the front of the pendant. Second, I cut a round piece of black clay for the back. I put a small loop of wire at the top of the wet clay and baked both pieces together. (did that make sense???)
I insert the eye pin into the wet clay and bake the item with the pin in place. After baking, I remove the pin and put a dab of Loctite Super Glue on the pin and reinsert.
For this type of application any type of cyanoacrylates (super glue type) will work. Everyone has their favorite glues, mine is Loctite 411.
I glue the bail on after the piece is baked. I don't sand first unless it is a piece that needs sanding, like mica shift. This is one of those flat back bails like some resin artists use...
For eye pins the way I do it depends on what it is. If it is a sculpted piece like this...
I wrap the eye pin in wire like this...
Then I paint on a thin coat of a PVA glue. My favorites are Sobo and Aileen's Tacky glue. This gives "tooth" for the clay to adhere to. After the glue dries I then sculpt onto the eye pin.
For other pieces such as this one...
I make the piece, push in an eye pin and bake. Then I pull out the eye pin, sand the piece then put Loctite 411 on the eye pin and push it back in the hole.
This has no glue. I baked it with a jump ring inserted in it that the bail is attached too.
You can find lots of information about glues and their applications by various contributors here http://glassattic.com/polymer/glues-Diluent.htm
I actually prefer not to use glue to attach bails - instead I sink a jump ring into a slit in my pendant, line the slit with liquid clay, heal over the bottom of the ring, creating a mechanical hold. I bake and then sand normallly.
I have a post (with photos) on my blog about this:
And this bead in my shop is made this way:
I don't use glue. Glue is no friend of mine ;-)
I hardly ever use glue and try to avoid it whenever I can. When I make my earrings I make my own eyepins that have kinks in them so that when I insert in the clay, they will not pull out after baking.
Here are some earrings I have used this technique:
Other earring pieces I might use some tiny prong bails like on these:
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