I've used Super New Glue for many years. It's not the same formulation as the regular Super Glue. The latter kind of cyanoacrylate glue can become quite brittle and thus is unsuitable for jewelry applications.  

But a few years ago, I stumbled upon the Starbond family of cyanoacrylate glues and have never looked back!  It not only performs just as well Super New Glue but comes in different forms to suit different purposes.  They now offer a 15% discount for my blog readers - use this code BGSB15.

There are many jewelry situations when you want very strong glue bonds. It's disastrous if your stud posts detach or your licorice leather comes out of the end cap.  Both situations must withstand heavy usage.

In my past review on Which Glue to Use for Stud Earrings, I mentioned I stopped using E-6000 for studs because I could not depend on them, having had several failures.  My preferred glue for most stud earrings are the cyanoacrylates.  Pro tip - although the glue works very quickly, I always leave the stud earrings (or whatever I am glueing together) overnight before use. The bond is then strong and lasting. 

One of the reasons why I moved away from Super New Glue is the small quantity.  Many a time, I would reach for my bottle and find it is empty.

Starbond glues are better value for the money and the larger quantities means you will not be easily caught out. They are also long lasting - years.  I store mine in a box in my fridge as recommended.  The manufacturer says this doubles their shelf-life. I do warm up the glue before use by rubbing the bottle to and fro between my hands for a few minutes.  (This is a tip from my laboratory days - we warm up small refrigerated chemical bottles before opening them to reduce condensation from forming inside.)

The Starbond family of glues is used by many kinds of crafters and lapidarists.  The many uses includes repairing and filling cracks in wood and gemstones, model making.  Musical instrument makers and repairers also use these glues. You can also bond glass and ceramics but note these glues are not food safe.  You can also use it with powdered gemstones like turquoise or pearl as inlays - see this tutorial :

One lucky winner of this giveaway will win the Starbond Bundle (pictured at the very top).  Which you use will depend on the purpose on hand : 
For infiltrating, stabilizing, and high gloss finishes, a thin viscosity CA will be ideal. Medium viscosity CA glues are ideal for general purpose repairs, fill cracks, and bonding close-fitting parts. And lastly, the thicker viscosity CAs are designed for bonding applications where users require longer drying times to carefully position mating parts for proper fit.
I generally use the Medium as an all purpose glue. But I have made use of the thin version for its flow and gloss binding properties in this past tutorial on how to make a Seaglass Shadowbox Pendant.  

I have also used the Medium Thick Flexible glue for adhering faux leather in this tutorial  - Layered Faux Leather Maple Leaf Love Earrings.

I generally rivet for metal connections but these glues should also bond metals.  Small pieces should work but large and heavier items will need testing especially if the surface area for bonding is small. 

The exceptions are some plastics as I learned the hard way with plastic stud posts. You will have to use another kind of glue like Hypo Cement or a fresh tube of E-6000 or its cousins B7000 and E7000 for plastic attachments.  I have successfully used Starbond glues for resin and polymer clay (both are different kinds of plastics) but most polymer clay crafters would likely use liquid polymer clay for melding.  I have not tested Starbond at the oven temperatures needed for curing polymer clay. I have noticed the glues take much longer to set with resin.  I do not recommend Starbond for gluing small post studs on resin. 

There is also an Accelerator to cut down the bonding time (shown in the bundle above).  I've not used this because I am willing to wait! But if you want instant results when glueing say two pieces of wood together, spray the receiving surface with the Accelerator, apply the Starbond on the smaller piece of wood and then press onto the wooden surface. Watch this pyrocrafter use it as well as the filler glues:

I have used the Debonder Glue Remover to undo some applications.  You can use the Debonder to remove the glue from fingers, too. 

UPDATE : Canadians might want to consider, say the Medium purchasing through Amazon (just switch to Amazon Canada). Shipping is expensive so consider a bundle in either case.  Better yet, go to Starbond's store locator page and type in a Canadian city, for eg. Toronto for a local supplier.  The shipping cost will probably be lower this way.


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