Using the Right Glue for Seashell Crafts

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

Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

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

Answers

May 4, 20110 found this helpful
Best Answer

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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
May 5, 20110 found this helpful
Best Answer

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.

Advertisement

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!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...

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

Answers

April 17, 20180 found this helpful
Best Answer

I use "Gorilla Glue" for all of my craft projects, read the label and use the one suggested for your use.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
April 18, 20180 found this helpful
Best Answer

They also sell Sea Shell Glue. If you have any coupons, you can lower cost. www.hobbylobby.com/.../29124

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...

December 22, 2012

Is Gorilla glue the best glue for seashells?

By John from London

Answers

December 24, 20121 found this helpful
Best Answer

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).

Advertisement

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.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
Answer this Question...

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!

Answers

December 2, 20190 found this helpful
Best Answer

Aleen's quick dry tacky glue.

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

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
December 2, 20190 found this helpful
Best Answer

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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...

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

By bill weaver from Reseda, CA

Answers

June 28, 20091 found this helpful
Best Answer

E6000 --- NOT hot glue & Not Elmer's or tacky glue.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
Answer this Question...

September 11, 2010

What is the best adhesive for seashell crafting?

By Ann from Port St Lucie, Fl

Answers

September 16, 20100 found this helpful
Best Answer

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!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...

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?

Read More Answers

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?

Advertisement


Thanks for your help.

Read More Answers

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!]
shaktiheart

Answers

June 11, 20190 found this helpful

I would use Gorilla Glue, applied with a toothpick.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 11, 20190 found this helpful

E600 is my go to. You can get it pretty reasonable at Michael's, especially if you have a coupon.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 17, 20190 found this helpful

Superglue applied lightly should work. Dont overapply, or it will ooze out when you stick the pieces back together.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 18, 20190 found this helpful

Most glues will work but I have found Gorilla glue to work well but can be messy.

Advertisement


I love E600 as it will work on almost anything.
E600 can be found at most stores and is a reasonable price.
It is not as thick as some glues so you can apply a thin layer.
Place a small glob on wax paper or aluminum foil and then get your earring ready.
But using a toothpick or a throw away pin is a good suggestion and hold for a couple of seconds and wipe off access (carefully).

They do have "shell repair glue" at some craft stores.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

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?

Answers

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.

Advertisement

What about making necklaces or pins instead?

Reply Was this helpful? 1
May 21, 20191 found this helpful

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

Reference: www.crazydiymom.com/seashellring.html

Reply Was this helpful? 1
May 22, 20190 found this helpful

I have made seashell necklaces for the women in my family. I wanted to do something different. I saw some rings online that I thought were very pretty (made with tiny shells). I am not a crafter or a designer at all! Frankly, I'm surprised the necklaces came out as good as they did. I know if I make rings with seashells I found myself, the women in my family will love them. I understand that rings with shells might be delicate. I hope I can find a way to make the rings. Thank you for your response.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
May 22, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you for your response and the link!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
May 22, 20190 found this helpful

Sounds lovely! E6000 is a great glue. I used it for a tempered glass project I made and was very pleased. Just be sure to use it in a well ventilated space--if you are like me and smells bother you. It is smelly.

A friend encased her seashells in resin to make rings. Sorry I don't have any photos...I wasn't lucky enough to be the recipient of one of the lovelies!!

She said there are videos on YouTube about how to use resins and that they are fairly easy once you get the hang of them. They kinda look like they are suspended in water when you do it!!

Best wishes!! Please post back your finished rings!!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...

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!

Answers

July 5, 20191 found this helpful

Im sure there are plenty of YouTube videos on the subject. I would use Gorilla Glue.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
July 7, 20190 found this helpful

I usually use E6000 for all types of projects and it will work with metal.
It is very important that you properly clean both the seashells and especially the metal before starting your project.
I have always washed and scrubbed my seashells and let them dry before using.
Metal can be cleaned several ways but I use alcohol as a final cleaner.

Here is a link that has suggestions on how to super clean metal.

crafts.stackexchange.com/.../which-glue-should-i-use-to-bond-sea...

Here is a link that has a glue 'guide' so you can check different glues to see if they will work on metal.

www.dreamalittlebigger.com/.../glue-guide-use-the-right-glue-for...

eclecticproducts.com/.../tds-e6000-craft-english.pdf[/downloads/tds-e6000-craft-english.pdf]false

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

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?

Read More Answers

July 8, 2019

What glue is best for attaching shells to glass?

Read More Answers

January 18, 2017

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

A shorefull of different sized seashells.

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes
Advertisement

In These Pages
Categories
Crafts AdviceOctober 31, 2016
Pages
More
👒
Mother's Day Ideas!
🌻
Gardening
🐛
Pest Control
😷
Coronavirus Tips
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Instagram
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.

Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2020 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Generated 2020-04-14 06:37:00 in 2 secs. ⛅️️ ⚡️

Add to PageAsk a Question