Gluing Application Instructions
Swarovski products can be glued to a wide range of materials in a variety of application areas. Whether you are creating a piece of jewelry, fashion item or interiors piece, an excellent result can be achieved by gluing.
Which Swarovski Products are Suitable for Gluing?• Round Stones
• Fancy Stones
• Flat Backs No Hotfix
• Crystal Pearls
• Self-Adhesive Elements
• Crystal Mesh
How to Glue Swarovski Crystals1. The surface must be correctly pre-treated before gluing (e.g. cleaning, degreasing, sanding)
2. The glue should be applied with a dispenser
3. Pick up the crystal e.g. with a wax stick
4. Carefully place the crystal in the cavity and press it down gently, post-clean and cure
Following the application steps in the right order is very important. Experience has shown that the most common reasons for crystals becoming detached are inappropriate areas of application, poorly produced cavities, unsuitable gluing systems, and insufficient quantities of glue.
Adhere to these five steps during the application process to ensure an elegant finish:
1. Cavity Production: Many Swarovski crystals require cavities in order to be applied to materials. The cavity makes it easy to glue properly and not only ensures better protection of the crystal against mechanical and chemical stress, but also a stylish, long-lasting application.
2. Check Surface Tension and Pre-Treatment: Consult our Application Manual for optimal surface tension rates and pre-treatment cleaning methods.
3. Choice of Glue: Select the best gluing system to ensure a long-lasting application.
4. Dosage and Setting: The glue can be dispensed precisely via a variety of dosage systems.
5. Post-Cleaning and Curing: Excess glue that escapes during setting can be removed carefully. Consult the eBook for recommended curing temperatures and cleaning tools.
Which Glue to Use on Swarovski Crystals?It is important to choose the correct glue when applying Swarovski crystals. This will depend on numerous factors:
• The type of cavities/the resulting gluing gap
• The size of the crystals/gluing surface
• The gluing properties and finish required
• The type of base material
When selecting glues, it is important to consider properties such as: Pot Life, Viscosity, Color, Curing, Time, Ease of Dosing and Shrinkage. Application tests are advisable to make sure the chosen glue fulfils the specific needs of your application.