How to attach metal to glass beads

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How to attach metal to glass beads
Attach glass beads to metal and create stunning jewellery. (MRaust/iStock/Getty Images)

Glass beads are frequently used in jewellery making. Sometimes the glass is shaped to have prisms much like fine gemstones, while other types of glass beads have intricate and unusual colours and patterns made during the glass process. Often glass beads are attached to metal jewellery findings such as bezels. These attachments are often made using fine jewellery glues.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Glass beads
  • Metal findings
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Jewellery glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select a bead and a metal finding that you would like to attach together. A metal finding is one of any number of small metal attachments that are routinely used in the creation of jewellery. Pre-fit your bead to your metal finding to make sure they fit and to understand how you want to position the bead on the finding.

  2. 2

    Open a tube of jewellery glue by cutting the end of the tube off with scissors. Sometimes you may also need to insert a needle to ensure that the small opening is passing glue.

  3. 3

    Pick up the finding with your needle nose pliers so that the gluing surface is exposed and facing towards you.

  4. 4

    Apply a drop of glue to the metal finding in the area to be glued. Pick up the glass bead and rotate it to the exact alignment you desire.

  5. 5

    Press the bead into the glue and hold the bead and metal finding together for one to two minutes to make sure that initial hold has taken place. Place the finding and bead upright or continue to hold the metal finding for 10 minutes till the glue has set enough for the piece to be put aside. The glue hardens completely within 24 hours.

  6. 6

    Open and use more jewellery glue in the same manner for very small applications. The nozzle of this glue is tiny so that the applicator can get into very small spaces.

Tips and warnings

  • Jewellery glues dry clear and are rated for excellent holding power. Care should be taken to seat beads well inside bezels or on flat metal mounting surfaces to improve adhesion.

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