Asked on May 17, 2015

What glue works best to bond glass to glass?

by Judy
I recently put together some yard art for my friends made of old glass dishes and such. I used E6000 glue to bond the pieces. I followed the instructions as stated on the tube, but before I could deliver the pieces, the glue gave way and the piece basically just fell apart. I tried hot glue with the same results. Any ideas on what works best will be much appreciated. The pieces will be exposed to the weather and some direct sunlight.
This was glued with E6000, but basically fell apart.
  19 answers
  • Dee Layman Dee Layman on May 18, 2015
    locktite...GoTo glue...I use it on all my glass...I've done lots of outdoor bird feeders out of dishes and they have held up for a year so far..would have to break to get apart...
  • Carolynm Carolynm on May 18, 2015
    I used E6000 will very good success. My 'yard art' has been out in the Virginia weather for two years now. I made sure I had enough glue on the items.
  • Dottie Unruh Dottie Unruh on May 18, 2015
  • Terri Day Terri Day on May 18, 2015
    E6000 is good. 100% silicone glue is good as well.
  • Frances Canon Frances Canon on May 18, 2015
    E6000 will break down at some point in time. I have used it on jewelry projects and thought it was successful only to find out that years later it turned yellow, cracked, and objects fell apart. It will break down in sun, (heat inside) and water--the only variable is when. The yellowing is also a big turn off--looks homemade and acts homemade. I have used several types of glue--the sun and water are the factors that cause the failure. Also, I want things to last--more than a year--and look good. I have had luck with Locktite--only to have it fall apart because the weight of the glass was too much.
  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on May 18, 2015
    I'm surprised at your experience with E6000. I use it all the time with 100% success. In fact, I wasn't totally pleased with the result of a project I did recently and had to take a piece apart. That was a bit problematic but i managed to do it by using acetone. Perhaps your surfaces weren't completely free of residue. I usually run my things through a cycle of the dishwasher to be sure they're thoroughly clean and there's no grease or film of any sort on them. As someone already mentioned, you cold use silicone in place of the E6000. It might stand up to the elements a bit better. It does take a bit longer to set up than E6000.
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    • Diane Diane on May 20, 2018

      I used gorilla glue in my hot gun and my glass still came apart that is why I am asking for help on what to use

  • Judee Searle Judee Searle on May 18, 2015
    E6000 I use it all the time,just make sure to let it set long enough,its wonderful.
  • Judy Judy on May 18, 2015
    I have used it on other projects with fairly good results, but this time it just fell apart. It cured for a couple of weeks. I went to present it as a gift and it just fell apart.
  • Stephanie Ostrowski Stephanie Ostrowski on May 18, 2015
    I used it too glue a plate to a crystal candle holder and it worked great. Like Judee from Wisconsin said, you have to let it set a while and be sure to put enough glue on each piece without putting on an EXCESSIVE amount. Be sure to let each piece "pair" with each other.
  • Debra Debra on May 18, 2015
    Glass to glass needs some prep work first. I first mark out where the glass makes contact on each other, then using the Dremel, I sand or rough up the area on both pieces. Then I glue with E6000 part way aound, leaving a small space without glue. I let it sit for a few days to dry and then cover this with glue. If not the glue dries on the outside and the glue is sealed inside and still wet, thus a piece came apart real easy one day and that was my learning curve. Hope this helps.
    • Yvonne Boylan Yvonne Boylan on May 12, 2018

      Hi there just wanted to say I am living in can. But I am from mt storm area I know were you live how cool

  • Debra Debra on May 18, 2015
    The glue has to have something to adhere to, that is why I sand. Creates a stonger bond because glass to to smooth. Make sure you wear a mask when sanding so you do not breathe in the glass dust.
  • Pauline Gore Pauline Gore on May 23, 2015
    I use Plumbers works wonderfully, even here in Florida where the weather is wet and HOT.
  • Hayden Hayden on Nov 15, 2015
    Use some sort of structural glazing silicone. This will hold it together but still allow for movement and handling. ideal for outdoors too. Clean the surfaces too with a degreaser/solvent of some sort.
  • Gardenqueen Gardenqueen on Feb 11, 2016
    I have successfully used gorilla glue but my art creations are not displayed outdoors. Hope this helps. I also did not sand.
  • Gayle Gayle on May 10, 2017

    I use DAP 3.0 window, door, trim and siding caulk in crystal clear. my yard art stayed out all winter in MO and is still doing fine.

  • Ironhorse68450 Ironhorse68450 on May 10, 2017

    I have always used LOCKTITE Clear Silicone on all my outside projects..has always held up thru alot of rain. Swear by this glue!!!

  • Doreen Doreen on May 04, 2018

    I was buying such a thing second hand at Value Village and the man behind me said he thought the glue was clear silicon. Goop holds very well but it is yellow in colour while the silicon, if that is what it is, has remained clear.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Dec 05, 2020

    Hi Judy, I realize this is quite an old question, but I thought I'd share this brilliant site that let's you enter what you want to glue to what and it will tell you the best glue to use - I always use it to check first.

  • David Kilpatrick David Kilpatrick on Mar 22, 2022

    Man I have used e6000 to put my bong back together, to hang my rear view mirror, to glue a bearing to a glass table so it would spin, to mount my sights on my pellet rifle, and I've never had any trouble with it. As far as I'm concerned it's in the top 5 best glues there are that the public has access to.