Application Overview Cavity ProductionChecking Surface Tension and Pre-TreatmentChoice of GlueDosage and SettingPost-Cleaning and Curing

Choice of Glue


The selection of the best gluing system is the next stage in ensuring a long-lasting application. When selecting the most suitable glue, the following factors should be considered:

  • The type of cavities/the resulting gluing gap
  • The size of the crystals/gluing surface
  • The gluing properties and finish required
  • The type of base material


The type of cavities/the resulting gluing gap

When selecting an adhesive, it is also important to consider the gluing gap that results from the type of cavity chosen. For cavities offering a large gluing gap, soft, gap-filling glues such as silicone glue are recommended, to avoid tension in the glue joint.

Epoxyethane/polyurethane glues offer greater strength, and can be used for cavities with a small gluing gap.

The size of the crystals/gluing surface

Please note that when gluing small crystals, glues with higher shearing strengths (e.g. epoxy resin glue CG 500 (A+B)) should be used. Further information can be found in the manufacturer’s technical data sheets.


The gluing properties and finish required

When selecting glues, it is important to consider properties such as pot life, viscosity, color, curing time, ease of dosing and shrinkage.
Further information can be found in the manufacturer’s technical data sheets.

Adhesives tend to shrink during curing. There will be a greater amount of shrinkage if the wrong glue has been chosen, it is hardened under the wrong conditions or if there is an incorrectly sized cavity (too much space around the crystal). The tension thus created can damage the foiling and the crystals may even detach. Glues that are very hard after curing and shrink considerably are not suitable for Swarovski crystals with foiling.

The type of base material

The following table provides a selection of commonly known and globally available adhesives that are suitable for different uses and materials. Application tests are advisable to make sure the chosen glue fulfills the specific needs of your application.

Viscosity: Measure of a fluid‘s resistance to gradual deformation by shear/tensile stress. It corresponds to the informal notion of “thickness”.
Color: Description of the glue‘s color type after curing.
Bonding: Depending on the carrier material, the bonding of the glues can vary.

Viscosity Types

Viscosity Types

Bonding Types

Bonding Types


Glue table 1


Glue table 2

1 The second gluing part has to be UV transparent.

2 For permanent (wash-resistant) application a Hotfix application is suggested.


CG 500 (A+B) two-component epoxy resin glue

CG 500 (A+B) is a high-performance gluing system for both foiled and unfoiled Swarovski crystals, exclusively distributed by Swarovski for professional use within the jewelry segment and other industries such as accessories, interiors, and electronics.


Key features:

  • Ideal mechanical resistance
  • Ideal chemical resistance
  • Future-oriented solution
  • Diverse areas of application


Ideal mechanical resistance

CG 500 (A+B) absorbs impacts and withstands distortion. In addition, maximum elasticity protects the crystal foiling.

Ideal chemical resistance

CG 500 (A+B) OFFERS EXCELLENT CHEMICAL RESISTANCE AGAINST: 
Humidity CG 500 (A+B) prevents infiltration of humidity into the glue and thus any corrosion.
E.g. Jewelry pieces can be stored and worn in places with high humidity.
PerspirationCG 500 (A+B) prevents infiltration of perspiration into the glue and thus avoids corrosion.
E.g. The glued Swarovski crystals are not damaged by perspiration.
Salt and chlorinated water
CG 500 (A+B) protects Swarovski crystals when they are exposed to salt or chlorinated water.
E.g. The glued Swarovski crystals are not damaged during swimming.


Diverse areas of application

CG 500 (A+B) OFFERS IDEAL ADHESION FEATURES ON: 
MetalsE.g. Application of Swarovski crystals on plated surfaces, brass, stainless steel, titanium, gold, rhodium, and silver and silver within the jewelry industry
Gluable synthetics, and rubbers
E.g. Application of Swarovski crystals on ABS, PMMA, PVC etc. within the accessories and electronics industries
Glass, crystal, wood, stone, cork, and porcelain
E.g. Application of Swarovski crystals in the interior and home décor industries


CG 500 (A+B) TECHNICAL DATA 
Mixture ratio (A : B), by volume

Mixture ratio (A : B), by weight

Pot life at room temperature (23°C/73.4°F), quantity applied: 1 g

Complete curing time at room temperature (23°C/73.4°F)

Complete curing time in oven (40°C/104°F)

Complete curing time in oven (80°C/176°F)

Complete curing time in oven (100°C/212°F)

Handling time at room temperature (23°C/73.4°F)

Viscosity (mixed)
100 : 100 (resin : hardener)

100 : 86 (resin : hardener)

15 min.

24 h

12 h

2 h

1 h

3 h

20,000 +/- 5,000 mPa*s  



Mixing CG 500 (A+B) two-component glue

The exact mixing of the two-component glue is especially important. Only a fully homogenous mixture leads to the desired results.
Care must be taken to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


Instructions

Please find a short description of the usage of CG 500 (A+B) in the following folder. This folder is attached in every package of this glue:

Instructions

for the use of CG 500 (A+B)

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CG 500 (A+B) Material Safety Data Sheets

In the following you can download the material safety data sheet in English and German:

English version

Component A

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English version

Component B

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CG 610 (A+B) two-component epoxy resin glue

The CG 610 (A+B) two-component epoxy resin glue was specially developed for gluing Swarovski crystals of very small sizes, starting with PP 0. Depending on the area of application the adhesive can be used for crystals up to the size of PP 14.


Key features:

  • Suitable for gluing very small crystals (starting with size PP 0
  • Low viscosity allows an easier dosing of small glue quantities
  • Cost saving due to long pot life (140 min.)

CG 610 (A+B) TECHNICAL DATA
Mixture ratio (A : B), by volume

Mixture ratio (A : B), by weight

Pot life at room temperature (23°C/73.4°F), quantity applied: 1 g

Complete curing time at room temperature (23°C/73.4°F)

Complete curing time in oven (40°C/104°F)

Complete curing time in oven (80°C/176°F)

Complete curing time in oven (100°C/212°F)

Handling time at room temperature (23°C/73.4°F)

Viscosity (mixed)
100 : 50 (resin : hardener)

100 : 48 (resin : hardener)

140 min.

72 h

18 h

4 h

1.5 h

24 h

1,750 +/- 250 mPa*s  

Mixing CG 610 (A+B) two-component glue

The 50 ml cartridge of CG 610 (A+B) is designed in a way that the containing resin and harder do not have to be mixed together by the user. Just attach a dispensing gun and the mixing nozzle (delivered with the 50 ml adhesive package) to the cartridge and start gluing.

1 When using glue of the 750 ml box, resin and hardener have to be mixed in a different way. First, weigh the two glue components at a ratio of 100 : 48 (resin : hardener). It is very important to keep an exact mixing ratio of the two components to achieve maximum adhesion. Mix the two components well for at least one minute. Only a fully homogenous mixture leads to the desired results.

2 When a homogenous mixture is achieved, put the glue into a dispenser/syringe and attach a dispensing tip.

Instructions

Please find a short description of the usage of CG 610 (A+B) in the following folder. This folder is attached in every package of this glue:

Instructions

for the use of CG 610 (A+B)

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CG 610 (A+B) Material Safety Data Sheets

In the following you can download the material safety data sheet in English and German:

English version

Component A

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English version

Component B

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Last Update: 09 / 2016

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German version

Component A

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Last Update: 09 / 2016

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German version

Component B

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Last Update: 09 / 2016

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