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Using Epoxy with Cabs and Settings


About this Tip:

We put together the following instructions to help you get started with your cab & setting projects. The steps below illustrate how to use epoxy to bond a gemstone cabohcon to a decorative setting—but the steps work for any project with our epoxy!

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
You'll need your 5-Minute Epoxy, a cabochon, a setting, scissors, an index card, tape, and toothpicks.
Step 2:
If this is your first time using the epoxy, cut the tip of each nozzle with scissors.
Step 3:
Push down on the plunger to dispense epoxy evenly onto an index card (or any uncoated, unwaxed surface). Be careful, the epoxy comes out fast. When finished, wipe off the nozzles and reseal with the cap found between the syringes.
Step 4:
Mix the epoxy thoroughly. We like to use a toothpick for this.
Step 5:
Apply the mixed epoxy to both surfaces. A little goes a long way!
Step 6:
Press surfaces together firmly.
Step 7:
Clamp the piece with tape (painter's tape works great and comes off cleanly). Sets in 5 minutes and reaches full strength in 12 to 24 hours.

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    S Wagner says:

    I have worked with epoxy before and it was a night mare! Would it be possible to use the E-6000 glue instead or not? Just wondering, Thanks to anyone who has done this and knows.

  2. juku7
    juku7 says:

    Great tip.

  3. Ali P
    Ali P says:

    I’ve tried using epoxy to stick two silver discs together (I’m fixing a ring) and the glue has not set in nearly two weeks – maybe I used too much??

  4. ZUBEAJAY
    ZUBEAJAY says:

    im just guessing here but i think this will happen if you didnt have equal parts from each cartridge. try again and then mix well and spread thin on both clean surfaces. good luck !

  5. Ruby Charlotte
    Ruby Charlotte says:

    I want to glue a metal bail to the back of a glass square. I can’t use E6000 .Its smelly and gives me a headache. Will the epoxy work and does it smell?

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    K Clark says:

    Epoxy does have a strange smell, but I don’t think it has the strong solvent smell of some other glues, it smells more like stinky feet!

  7. Lesa C
    Lesa C says:

    Wow the tip about taping the cab down while it glues. I usually sit and hold it for about 5 minutes, very time consuming! Rhino glue is another great glue that will work for cabs and pearls. It does have a very strong odor. I use it outside so the fumes do not sit in my house.

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    Olga A says:

    i only use epoxy when I need to fix a broken piece of jewelry. Otherwise I use E6000 or Amazing Craft Goop. The goop is actually nicer to work with, it doesn’t dry up as fast as E6000 and is easier to manipulate. I also dedicated some big sewing needles from my needle set for use in jewelry making. I use the sharp end to remove any unwanted glue after I press cabs or other stones down, and the thicker end of the needle to press stones down, hold them down or shift their position as I feel necessary.

  9. Tizzylish1
    Tizzylish1 says:

    I’m learning which glue is best for the project I’m working on. I use the E6000 most, I will have to try the Amazing Craft Goop. I am working on a special earring, and rings with cabs., and I will try the epoxy first i hope it works.

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  10. Tizzylish1
    Tizzylish1 says:

    Thank You for that.

  11. Sonali
    Sonali says:

    I also use E6000 for all my cab work. It dries fast so the wait is minimal.

  12. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Last night I spent a lot of time reading the hazard info on glues for jewelry-making. I know that E6000 is what professional jewelry-makers use, and I did use mine and noticed I didn’t feel so great after just using a small amount. I was working in a room where windows could not be open. The hazard info for that product advised to have very good ventilation. It seemed to be the only glue that could be carcinogenic if one was overexposed to it. Therefore I am going to be careful about not breathing it and only using it when some other less hazardous glue will do the job.

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    Snowball says:

    Very good

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  14. shepats designs
    shepats designs says:

    I use E6000 too ….use a mask if the fumes bothers you. Thanks for the info.

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    C Dushman says:

    Oh that E6000 is NASTY!!!!! Made me sick and had trouble with eyesight for days and headache. Was not exposed to it for prolonged time either. What else do you folks suggest instead? Must be something I can use to put end caps in place on Memory Wire. That stuff did not even hold. My bracelets came apart and how awful when I had sold two of them. Also for putting cabochons on bracelets??? Thanks.

  16. Kate
    Kate says:

    One of the big reasons we love our LimaStudios epoxy is that it’s non-hazardous, non-flammable, & non-volatile. It’s also super sticky and fast setting. Hypo cement is another good alternative, if E6000 is irritating.

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    Nari says:

    I want to affix a brass piece by Kabela to a Vintaj stamping blank. What adhesive would you recommend to produce the most secure bond? Okay with fumes etc. Thanks in advance!

  18. Cathy W
    Cathy W says:

    @Nari – The 5 minute epoxy above is perfect for this! I would just use some dry sandpaper to rough up both pieces of metal in the spot where you will be attaching them. This will make the bond that much stronger.

  19. Dropalotta Beads
    Dropalotta Beads says:

    A jewelry artist warned me about E6000 being toxic. I haven’t had good luck with G-S Hypo cement, it gushes out of the needle point and doesn’t hold well. This same artist also told me that if you are gluing shells to a project you should use a two-part epoxy. I’m going to try Lima’s.

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    Veronica a says:

    im new to jewelery making and just read some good tips thanks everyone briliant ideas .x

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