Gluing Knots.

Q: Maybe someone out there can help me with this problem. I've been using superglue in the gel form to secure knots and loose ends in my beaded earrings. No matter how precise I try to be, I end up with a huge drop that spreads everywhere, and even with quick wiping, it sometimes spoils the rest of the earring.

A: I've had a similar problem until I started using a toothpick to apply just the right amount of glue to exactly the area I wanted. Before I started doing this, I actually glued my fingers to an earring that I was trying to secure.....pretty scary!! I managed to pull my fingers off the beads, but it was several days before I was able to get all the glue off my fingers. I didn't even try to get it off the nails. I was afraid that I was going to pull the skin off if I tried getting the glue off too vigorously. Needless to say, the earrings were ruined, and I lost about 20 expensive beads that day. Use '527' glue. It has a small tip. OR, use a toothpick and clear nail polish. A small dab is all you need if anything. Earrings do not get stress like bracelets, and watch bands and necklace tips with weight on them. You can just bury the end in the work and cut it off without gluing even. You should not have any loose ends in the work. Superglue is really overkill, and the wrong glue for this type of delicate work.