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Using the Right Glue for Seashell Crafts

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Certain types of glue work best when working on projects involving gluing shells to other objects. This is a guide about using the right glue for seashell crafts.


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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide about attaching seashells to plywood. If you crafting with seashells there may be a need to adhere them to wood or other materials.

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May 2, 2011

I want to glue real sand dollars to my semi gloss painted bathroom walls for a 3-D border look. What kind of glue would I use? I don't want the steam from showers to cause them to fall off.


Has anyone else tried something like this? If so, what were your results?

By Cyndie from Jefferson, GA


May 4, 20110 found this helpful
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Buy a small tube of clear silicon sealant, although any color will do.

Silicon is used to assemble home aquariums BTW, if you are concerned about the quality.

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May 5, 20110 found this helpful
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E-6000 is the best, but she is right, it might be a bit to dry. If you want them to stay for a long time, you might consider the glue, then a small nail to keep it 'in place' till the glue dried, with a bit sticking out to pliar out once it does.

The velcro is a great idea, and is less invasive on the wood. You can just consider the nail if you are very careful.

When you get it done, share it with us!! It sounds pretty!

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December 22, 20121 found this helpful

Is Gorilla glue the best glue for seashells?

By John from London


December 24, 20121 found this helpful
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NO WAY...messy, impossible to get off your hands and it bubbles up and out as it cures. The best would be either Weldbond (water based) or Goop, aka E-6000 (solvent based).


If they are fairly small shells, I would go with the Weldbond glue. I buy it at my local Ace Hwd. store, but it's on-line too.

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September 11, 2010

What is the best adhesive for seashell crafting?

By Ann from Port St Lucie, Fl


September 16, 20100 found this helpful
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I was just at a craft fair a few weeks back and this gentleman had birdhouses covered in shells, and asked him if they were waterproof and he said yes and told him I have a birdhouse and 100's of shells and didn't know what to use...he told me to use clear bathroom silicone, will make it waterproof! Haven't done it yet, but will try when weather here gets cold, good luck!

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June 27, 2009

What kind of glue would I use to glue seashells to a plastic picture frame?

By bill weaver from Reseda, CA


June 28, 20090 found this helpful
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E6000 --- NOT hot glue & Not Elmer's or tacky glue.

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