If you have your eye on the perfect hot fix rhinestones, but still have some doubts, you’re on the right place. If you have any doubts, read this to learn all the facts you need to know before doing the purchase.
Many of the hot fix crystals can be applied with different methods and different tools. Most of the rhinestones come with user manuals in which you can see the guidelines about all the methods that you can use for applying your hot fix stones. Make sure that you are following the guidelines given from the brand whose stones you chose.
It is not recommended to apply hotfix rhinestones on plastic, metal, denim or glass. If you do want to apply them on these types of materials, then you should try sewing, gluing or metal setting.
The material that you will use need to be free of some chemical finishes and to be pre-washed. If you will work with fabrics that are stretchy, try to pre stretch them a bit before adding the hot fix crystals. And, always cut out a sample of the material and make a test to see how the crystals will stick to the material.
There are two types of applicators and wands that you can use with hot fix crystals – Crystal Craft and BeJeweled.
When starting with the work, first pre heat the tool, and while it is heating up, prepare the crystals. Once you start working, and start placing the rhinestones, don’t slide them once they are placed onto the fabric. When applying the crystals, it is advisable to line out the pattern you want to create on the material using chalk and putting little dots. This will help you work faster and easier with the crystals.
If the design you want to create is harder and more complicated, then buy transfer paper and use it on your project. With this paper first you’ll copy the design on the transfer paper which will make the hot fix placement more precise, and after that apply the stones using heat. Also, keep in mind that if when you ordered your hotfix tool, you didn’t get the right size of the tip that you needed, you can always look for replacement tips. The same goes for when the tip will wear out and you’ll need new one.
And last, but not the least – before you start a beading project, make sure you purchase the right type of beads. Reread the instructions and hunt for days, if needed. Finding the right bead material means your project is half-done. Whatever you choose to do with your beads, give 100% and invest a decent amount of time – the results will surprise you!