Different brand glues work better on some surfaces and some glues are just easier to work with. Once you know your adhesive, you can glue rhinestones to many, many surfaces.
Because the most common surface to glue rhinestone to is fabric, I’ll start with some good fabric adhesives. Beacon brand makes two different adhesives: Fabric-Tac and Gem-Tac. Fabric-Tac is solely for fabrics. Be careful as it is not recommended for use with acrylic rhinestones. Gem-tac is another one of Beacon’s adhesives and it bonds to more than just fabric. It also works on wood, suede, glass, vinyl and metal. Additionally, it is easy to apply and generally considered non-toxic. Dry cleaning is not recommended.
Next up is an adhesive that is made specifically for stretchy surfaces. Aleene’s Flexible/Stretchable glue is specifically made for us on T-shirts, knits, dancewear and socks.
E6000 is another popular glue. It provides a strong bond for these surfaces: fabrics, wood glass, plastic, tile, metal, ceramic, rubber, vinyl, leather cement and styrofoam. Keep in mind that this glue must be used in a well-ventilated area. Many people don’t like E6000 because of potential toxicity. However, as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, you should not experience any difficulties.
If you prefer to avoid E6000 but want a strong glue, you may want to try Swarovski 2-part Epoxy Resin. This adhesive bonds to metal, rubbers, synthetics and glass. In keeping with Swarovski’s pledge for a healthy environment, it is not toxic, corrosive, hazardous or dangerous.
So, the next time you are considering a bling project, think about rhinestone adhesives first. What surface you will be gluing to will determine which glue you should use.