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Using the Right Glue for Seashell Crafts

April 7, 2021

I read the answers about glue problems and I've tried most of them. I really enjoy shell art but I just can't get the right glue. Does anyone know of one that is 100% frustration free?


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April 7, 20211 found this helpful
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E6000 - is good preforming adhesive that can b e permanent and also waterproof . Here's why- gluereview.com/.../ - If this is not a option , I have used Hot glue on shells, even on canvis .

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April 7, 20210 found this helpful
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Gorilla Glue should do the job nicely.

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April 8, 20210 found this helpful
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Perhaps try Aleene's clear gel tacky glue.
www.amazon.com/.../?tag=thrif06-20 (Affiliate Link)

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April 11, 20210 found this helpful
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Beacon Sea Shell Glue bonds seashells to many surfaces such as glass, wood, terra cotta, metal, dries clear, is flexible, shock resistant, non-toxic, waterproof, UVA resistant.

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E-6000 and Gorilla glue work as well, but some people think Gorilla glue is messy, it bubbles up. Some people think that E-6000 is a bit to dry.
I think you just have to try and decide for yourself which one you like best.

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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

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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, 20111 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.

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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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April 17, 2018

I have a picture I want to make by gluing decorative sand and shells to a canvas. What glue is best to use?


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April 17, 20180 found this helpful
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I use "Gorilla Glue" for all of my craft projects, read the label and use the one suggested for your use.

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April 18, 20180 found this helpful
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They also sell Sea Shell Glue. If you have any coupons, you can lower cost. www.hobbylobby.com/.../29124

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December 22, 2012

Is Gorilla glue the best glue for seashells?

By John from London

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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).

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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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June 27, 2009

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

By bill weaver from Reseda, CA

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June 28, 20092 found this helpful
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E6000 --- NOT hot glue & Not Elmer's or tacky glue.

 
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December 2, 2019

I am running a booth at a children's gift making workshop this weekend and am planning/hoping to make a very simple oyster shell wreath. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good glue/adhesive that is quick drying?

We'll have about 20-25 kids over a 2 hour period so time is a huge factor. Thanks so much!

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December 2, 20190 found this helpful
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Aleen's quick dry tacky glue.

www.amazon.com/.../B001145496 (Affiliate Link)

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December 2, 20190 found this helpful
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You could try some Elmer's Craft Bond. This is a good strong glue and this one is quick-drying and should do the trick for you.

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September 11, 2010

What is the best adhesive for seashell crafting?

By Ann from Port St Lucie, Fl

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September 16, 20101 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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April 27, 2020

What is the best adhesive to use on seashells to make it adhere to velvet fabric? This will be framed and hang on a wall.


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February 20, 2020

I found a seashell that is the shape of a heart and I would like to turn it into a necklace. I am wondering what kind of adhesive I should use to attach it to the chain?

Best Glue for Making a Seashell Necklace - heart shaped seashell in the sand
 

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September 19, 2019

I want to make several outdoor wreaths using various seashells. What is best glue to use for seashells that will withstand high heat and humidity?


Thanks for your help.

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June 11, 2019

I have a beautiful pair of native earrings and the main piece is abalone. I dropped one and it broke. The pieces still fit together, but I don't know what I might be able to use to repair it without a big blob of glue showing in the repair spot.

I saw the posts about the best adhesives here for affixing shells to other objects, but not shell to shell.

Any ideas?

thanks so much!]
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May 21, 2019

I have many tiny seashells and I would like to make them into rings as gifts to family. I have purchased ring blanks and have E6000 glue.

Is this the best glue to use to secure the seashell to the ring?

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May 21, 20191 found this helpful

It is a good glue. Rings get a lot of use and I am concerned about the shells getting smashed. What about making necklaces or pins instead?

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May 21, 20191 found this helpful

Yes - a lot of DIY recommend E6000 for seashell ring.

Reference: www.crazydiymom.com/seashellring.html

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July 5, 2019

What's the best adhesive to use for attaching seashells to a metal chandelier frame? Any good DIY instruction videos to recommend for a project like this? Thanks!


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October 19, 2019

I have a shadow box that I want to glue shells onto. The backing of the shadow box is a thin material. Gorilla glue did not hold the shells.

What kind of glue would be best for gluing the shells to this material?

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