How to Glue Glass to Glass

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Things You'll Need

  • Gloves

  • Nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol

  • Dry cloth

  • Clear glass glue

  • Mineral spirits

  • Razor blade

Before you throw that broken glass away, try gluing it back together.
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Whatever craft or project you might be undertaking, gluing glass to glass is pretty transparent if you have the right tools. Read labels carefully to find the appropriate glue for your project; you'll want a clear glass glue that is specifically made for gluing glass to glass. Always wear gloves when working with glass and make sure you're in a ventilated area.


Step 1

Clean all pieces of glass with water and dry thoroughly. Do not use soap, which can leave a residue.

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Step 2

Wipe both surfaces with nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol. However, this may not be necessary, depending on the brand of glass glue you're using.


Step 3

Dry-fit both pieces of glass to ensure a snug fit.

Step 4

Apply clear glass glue to one of the pieces of glass, using just one drop of glue for each square inch of glass.

Step 5

Press the glass pieces together and hold for five to 60 seconds, or until the glue sets. Some glues require sunlight to set. In this case, expose the glass to sunlight for 30 seconds to two minutes, depending on cloud cover and the strength of the light.


Step 6

Wipe off any excess glue with mineral spirits.

Step 7

Let the glued glass sit for a minimum of one hour, though overnight is best.

Step 8

Carefully cut away any extra glue with a razor blade.


Glue together different pieces of colored glass to make your own stained glass window.

Glue crystal candlestick holders to the bottom of mirrors to make reflective cake stands.

Make an abstract glass sculpture from a random variety of glass items.


Keep glass glue away from children.

Wait a week before placing glued glass in the dishwasher.



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