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Friday, October 14, 2011

Affixing Cabochons to a Disc Bracelet Blank with No Days Mosaic Adhesive

NO Days Mosaic Adhesive for Adhering Jewelry

Tools and Materials:
-NO Days Mosaic Adhesive (or glueFilm or No Days BailBond)
-cabochons, buttons, tiles, etc. to attach to jewelry finding
-disc bracelet (or other) finding
-standard heat gun or embossing tool
-masking tape or painter's tape
-heat proof surface to work on
-metal tool for pushing on cabochons

No Days Mosaic Adhesive is a great alternative for adhering small cabochons to findings with pads, like disc bracelets, rings or earrings. 

On a heat resistant workspace, prepare a piece of tape. You can use double sided tape, or roll a piece of painter’s tape over on itself. Lay your bracelet blank next to the tape to determine proper spacing, and then place your cabochons right side down on the tape.

Cut two layers of mosaic adhesive smaller than the size of the cabochon, and place the adhesive squares on the backs of the cabochons.

Next, line up the bracelet blank over top of the cabochons and carefully place it on top of the adhesive. Check to see that all the cabochons are lined up under the pads, and move any that seem out of place.

After you’ve made any adjustments, it’s time to heat set the adhesive.

If you’re using a soldering iron, it will take a little longer to heat set each of the cabochons to the discs, but you may feel more comfortable with the amount of control you have over the movement of the discs. Touch the tip of the soldering iron, to one of the bracelet pads and wait for the adhesive to melt. You’ll see the adhesive begin to melt, but you need to continue heating the pad until the heat transfers through the metal to the glass cabochon. You’ll know when you’ve heated long enough, because the adhesive that is not directly under the pad will begin to liquify and pull back under the pad.

Alternately, you can use a heat gun to set the adhesive. Begin heating on low to gradually set the adhesive by warming the entire length of the bracelet. Have a tool handy to help push on or nudge the bracelet pads into place. You’ll see the adhesive start to melt before it has fully adhered. You’ll begin to feel the discs glide against the cabochons when the adhesive has been heated for long enough.

After you’ve finished heating, you’ll have a few minutes to nudge the links into place or make adjustments. 

If you find that you need to make adjustments after the adhesive has set up, simply reheat the link that needs to be replaced or straightened. After adjusting the piece, make sure that you’ve heated both the cabochon and the finding, as the adhesive won’t fully grasp onto a cool surface, and may fail after you’ve sent the bracelet on its way.

Once the adhesive has cooled, the bracelet is ready to wear! 

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