Ask CRAFT: Which Adhesive?

Craft & Design

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Kelly writes in:

I am wanting to glue some glass beads to a wooden box (sort of like pave diamonds in a ring) and wondered what glue would work best?

Well, I’m not sure. But I know who is! Over at MAKE, is a favorite resource for just this problem. It’s a website with two dropdown menus, and you pick the materials you’re trying to adhere together. It will recommend several types of adhesives and tell you all about them. We love it so much we put it in the reference section in the back of the Maker’s Notebook (as well as knitting needle sizes and other crafty quick reference stuff, did you know that?).

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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