Design considerations when choosing a glueable bail (pendant plate) for your custom design:
Larger and/or textured surfaces provide a strong, solid gluing foundation.
When gluing, 2-part epoxies generally provide the longest-lasting, most durable bond.
Beavertail bails (and some styles of bead caps with loop) can be folded over items that vary in size and thickness, such as natural agates and shells.
Most of our larger glue-pad bails have an offset loop so your heavier (or thicker) items, such as glass or ceramic creations, hang properly.
Drop Loops are small, inexpensive findings that help you turn your specialty item into a charm, pendant, connector or dangling drop. The 10mm drop loop with center hole is ideal for pointed-back items, or for hot glue or silicone rubber use. The smaller oval drop loop can be glued onto nearly any flat-backed item, and the chain tab can be a good solution when you have an even smaller gluing surface.
Which Glue is Best?
Super glues (cyanoacrylate glues) are best for surfaces that fit exactly together (no gaps), or where you need just a small dab for extra security.
Two-part epoxies require mixing, but have excellent long-term durability (even for foil-back crystals). Great for production craftspeople!
Specialty & craft glues are each designed for specific applications. Some are flexible, and many will bond plastics, porous materials (wood, fabric, etc.), or metal-to-metal bonds.
Resins and sealants can sometimes also be used as adhesives.