There are two things to consider when applying rhinestones. First, the surface and then the type of rhinestone. Some adhesives provide a more permanent bond to surfaces. Beacon’s Gem Tac is a great all-purpose glue. This glue is recommended for fabric, wood, suede, glass, vinyl and metal. It also happens to be Rhinestones Etc’s favorite choice of glue. Finally, it is easy to apply, dries clear and is washable.
E6000 is another adhesive suitable for just about any type of surface. Recommended for all the surfaces as Gem Tac as well as plastic, tile, ceramic, cement, rubber, leather and Styrofoam. However, this glue is a bit harder to work as it is thicker and harder to apply. Rhinestones Etc likes to squeeze a bit out over a paper plate and use a toothpick to apply the glue. Keep in mind that this glue dries quickly and must be used in a well-ventilated area.
While most adhesives are safe to use, some are not recommended for use with Acrylic rhinestones. Beacon’s Fabri-Tac and E6000 are not recommended for use with these types of rhinestones. Always check the glue manufacturer’s instructions and the supplier of your rhinestones for the best adhesive to use.
Two other ways of attaching rhinestones are sewing and metal settings. Sew-ons involve rhinestones with predrilled holes for sewing. Simply sew the rhinestone on with a needle and thread through the predrilled holes.
Additionally, some metal settings come with holes to string wire or throughfor jewelry making.
When metal settings are used for fabrics, the rhinestone is placed in the setting. Then the metal prongs are pushed into the fabric and bent to secure the rhinestone. There are also rhinestones attached to metal settings such as Rose Pins.