If you have enjoyed trying out some of the free projects available here at Beadaholique, you will have probably noticed that we are big fans of E6000 adhesive. This industrial strength glue creates a permanent tight bond between materials which usually present adhering challenges - metals, plastic, glass, ceramics, rubber, etc. When we are looking for an extremely strong, waterproof bond, we know that E6000 will do the trick!
We often use E6000 to glue our Vintaj brass elements together, set our Swarovski rivoli stones, and attach our Aanraku bails to scrabble tiles, bottle caps, and resin creations. However, just about everyone on staff here at Beadaholique has a tube of E6000 at home and has used it for some other, rather unusual, applications.
My favorite E6000 story is from several years ago when I awoke one morning to find the side mirror of my car smashed off and dangling by some wires. I got a quote from the repair shop and they wanted $300 to repair it! Well, that seemed pretty steep to me, so I grabbed my E6000 and put a generous helping all around the part of the mirror that was supposed to join to the car body. I then pressed it in place and used packaging tape to hold it there. After 2 days, I removed the tape. My E6000 fix has still held to this day - almost 6 years later! My second favorite use was when I accidently broke the head off of the woman in King Kong's hand on my husbands very expensive and very large (over 2 feet high) King Kong vs. T-Rex statue. E6000 saved me and you can't even tell that she was ever headless!
Andrea had this to say about her E6000 experience: "One day at Beadaholique, an interesting thing arrived in the mail. It was a trinket from someone trying to solicit our business. As a promotion, this company had sent out miniature shopping carts. We all thought it was quite clever, the only problem was that our cart came broken. The bottom bracket which held the wheels had completely detached from the basket portion. Being a person who has a hard time throwing anything away, I began to think of ways to repair this fun little gimmicky toy. Getting ready to attempt wire wrapping the bracket back on, I suddenly had an idea: E6000! There was a little bit of skepticism floating around the office at first, but after I did the deed and set the cart aside to dry... You seriously cannot move the bracket now. Not a wiggle. E6000 has held up better than the original welding job!"
Esther, a fellow team member here at Beadaholique, has used E6000 to glue the Honda emblem back on her car, fix her garage door opener, and add decorative embellishments to book shelves. Fig reattached the rubber soles to his shoes and glued his apartment number back on the front door. I have also heard of people repairing picture frames, gluing drawer pulls and handles, and fixing all other types of assorted knobs, cases, and devices.
Have you found and interesting and unusual use for E6000? We would love to hear it!