Hotfix Rhinestones: Before you place your order, get all the facts! 

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.hotfix rhinestones

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!

Questions that are Constantly Asked

Being able to craft your own custom jewelry or decorate items in your home is a great skill. Beading is one of the most popular methods to make unique designs and in a way, personalize your everyday life.

Before starting to craft with glass beads, people often have tons of questions in their minds. So, in order to address some of those concerns, we have created a list of the most common doubts beaders have. If you found yourself wondering about anything related to beading in recent times, keep reading this article.

  1. How do I select the size of a clasp?beading_board

The size of the clasp should always be in proportion to the size and weight of the pieces used to create the item (necklace or bracelet). For instance, a massive necklace will look ridiculous with a small clasp. Moreover, the clasp might even not be strong enough to hold the beads and will eventually fall apart. Also, if you put a heavy clasp on a small piece, it will have a tendency to fall to the front of the necklace. You don’t want to wear a necklace that will need to be ‘fixed’ constantly, do you?

  1. I can’t get the wire through some of the stones I just bought.

Stone beads can sometimes have a hole that is slightly off its center. Try to enlarge the hole with a bead reamer, if possible. If the wire can go through it now, great. If not, try using a thinner wire.

  1. Do I need a bead board to be successful in beading?

A bead board is one of the wide range of tools you can use for crafting beautiful items out of beads. These tools can come in different shapes and sizes (but usually plastic) and may help you in making your designs and measure the length of your pieces.

  1. How to buy wholesale beads online?

Whether you are after a bulk of Czech crystal beads or any other type of gems, you have to know couple of rules for shopping wholesale stones.

  • read the product descriptions – if the wording is uncertain, you’re probably looking at cheap, low-end czech beads
  • expensive doesn’t necessarily mean quality
  • determine the exact size of beads you need, and make sure you order it right. Don’t trust online images – stones might look bigger in pictures, but be small in reality, and vice versa
  • stay away from purchases based on blurry images – low-quality images often offer low-end products
  • place small orders to ensure of the quality that a new store sells – don’t rush in purchasing tons of beads from a new place

We hope this list managed to give answers to some of your questions regarding your beading adventures. Remember – take your time in learning few skills, choose carefully when buying and let your creative skills come to the surface.

Dont Get Stuck with a Lemon: 3 Rhinestone Connectors Not to Buy

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If you have been reading our posts regularly, you must know what rhinestone connectors are. But, for those who are not familiar with this term, here’s a simple explanation: rhinestone connectors are strands made of hotfix stones, used for decorating and adding sparkles to accessories and clothes.

The most common use of these connectors is on bikinis, mostly on those worn at competitions, pageants and all kinds of swimsuit contests. Besides competition suits, connectors are also used for some DIY projects with hot fix rhinestones, such as making a custom headband or crafting beautiful bracelets.

If you enjoy DIY projects with rhinestone connectors, then you might want to know how to detect quality pieces easily and what to avoid while shopping. Imagine yourself standing in a shop, sparkles all around, pure magic deriving from different shapes, colors and glitter – don’t get carried away by the feeling of excitement! Instead, focus on choosing the best pieces to use in your project. Here are couple of tips to follow while in pursuit of quality stone connectors.

  1. The first thing you have to notice is the setting and how are the crystals placed. If they’re glued, you are probably looking at a low quality product. Check out how the stones are held in place and how secure are they – pay attention to details to make sure the stones are well placed and won’t fall off easily. You don’t want to go home and end up with connectors that will miss stones!
  1. Second, take a look at the reverse side and pay attention to how well the item is soldered. It should have a smooth surface, without welds that you can feel when touching the product. If you find any noticeable welds, there’s a huge possibility the connectors would rip some trimmings on your clothing etc.
  1. Third, check how easy the links on the connector move together. If you notice some kinks or stiffness in their movement, you might find it difficult to place it the right way or experience some inconvenience while wearing the item with the connector.

Extra tip: If you are not shopping in a physical store, but ordering wholesale connectors, the above mentioned tips won’t apply. In that case, try to read reviews and visit forums where customers discuss the quality of the product. Also, if you avoid buying Chinese connectors, you might eliminate a great chance of getting stuck with a lemon. Choose wisely, so you won’t have to spend your money on low-quality items!

Will Glass Beads be Part of Your life Story?

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Glass beads are a crafter’s dream; extremely versatile, beautiful, and affordable, they can be used in almost any crafting project. Though your mind might immediately go to beaded jewelry, there are many other options for working with glass beads. Looking to get inspired? Read on for some ideas to use up your loose Czech glass beads.

Clothing
If you are looking for a project to make with Czech pressed glass beads, customizing clothes is a great choice! You can embroider any piece of fabric, whether it’s a shirt, jacket, or dress. Sewing with glass beads is a great way to embellish your wardrobe. Create appliques that are then attached to your clothing, or embroider the beads right onto the fabric! Seed beads are perfect for this project, but other glass beads can be used as well.

Home Décor
Every home could use a few more beads! A fun, vintage choice to decorate with beads is to create a beaded curtain! This is a great DIY project to use up loose glass beads. All you need is durable string, a hanging rod, and many beautiful beads! Just string them on, either with a pattern or randomly, attach to the rod and hang! Place in a doorway or over a window, an especially beautiful choice with transparent glass beads.

You can also create a custom beaded chandelier! Either drape a string of beads on an existing chandelier, or attach them to the top and sides for an artistic look! You can use any color bead, and consider painting the chandelier to match your bead color scheme.

Lamp shades are an unexpected place to add beads – a little beaded fringe will create a stunning rainbow of light. Either make many short strands of beads and attach them to the bottom of the shade, or create one long strand and drape it along the bottom. Both techniques create a beautiful and unique work of art!

Fashion Accessories
Whether it’s a headband, purse, belt, or other accessory, a little bit of beads can go a long way. Attach beads to an existing headband or barrette for some added sparkle. You can even arrange the beads in a pattern of flowers, stars, or even someone’s name! The same can be done with a beaded purse. Embroider the beads right on to the bag for a unique fashion piece all your friends will want. Beads can truly be used on any accessory, including a belt, shoes, wallet, and more!

Go crazy with Czech glass beads and create something beautiful! Once you start working, you may surprise yourself by what you make.

 

Five Tips to Get Any Person to Listen to You

Everyone wants to be heard. Whether you are in front of a large group or a single person, there are steps that can be taken to ensure they listen to you. These five tips will help you with your confidence and grab their attention!

Wait until you have their attention
Don’t say anything substantive until you have an audience connection. Note that their first impression is visual, not verbal. Gain command of the room by the way you carry yourself, by standing and walking with confidence. Wait until you feel the power in the conversation to begin speaking.

Be authentic
When you speak to someone, you must come across as real. This means sharing your beliefs and your struggles, and helping the other person to feel comfortable. If you find a personal connection with someone, they will be much more willing to listen to you. By opening up about a personal struggle, or how you overcame moments of doubt, others will have your respect when it comes to discuss something more trivial.

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Engage with stories

It’s stories that people remember. The personal experiences and stories you share with others create emotional engagement, decrease resistance and give meaning. It is meaning that gets peoples’ hearts and fuels discretionary effort, thinking and desire to actively support you.

Be fully present
You must be fully present to move people to listen and pay attention, rather than simply be in attendance. Any time you are communicating, you need to be prepared — and to speak from your heart. No matter how beautifully a speech is written, it doesn’t come across as authentic or from your heart if you are reading it. Embrace what you want to say and use notes if you must, but never read a speech if you want to be believable and move people to action.

Dress your best to feel your best
If you can’t find confidence within yourself, “fake it til you make it” and do whatever you can to make yourself feel great! Putting on a nice outfit and accessorizing with a linked bead chain will help you feel confident and ready for any conversation. When you look your best, others are more willing to respect and listen to you. Command their attention with a sparkling necklace bead chain.

Follow these tips to be a more confident speaker and command attention anywhere! When you believe in yourself and what you have to say, people will have no choice but to listen.

Wow Your Friends with Bead Chain Necklaces

bead-chain-necklaceThere’s no need to wear the same necklace every day – stock up on beaded chain in various colors and styles. You can wear just one strand on its own for a simple, understated look. Or rock designer style and wear multiple strands together! Mix different types of stones, colors, and lengths for a custom jewelry look that’s all your own. Whether they’re 5 or 105, everyone loves a beautiful beaded chain necklace.

You can find these chains with Czech crystal beads, fire polished beads, pearl beads, druk beads, faceted gemstones, and table cut glass beads. Any type of glass bead can be found pre-linked into a chain.  Choose from bicone, cathedral, faceted, gemstone, rondel, round, swirl, or many other designs! If you really can’t decide, selected a mixed chain, featuring beads of different sizes and shapes.

You can purchase linked bead chain in every color of the rainbow. For a beginning beader, purchase a selection of beaded chains in the same color family, like many green and blue strands. This makes it easy to create coordinating jewelry that gives you the freedom to be creative!

Chains come in black, brass, copper, gold, and silver.  These chains are sold by the meter, which makes it easy to purchase many strands of different types of chains. If you have selected your bead chain, it’s time to start creating some jewelry! Here are all the things you can do with linked bead chain.

Make a simple necklace
Measure a strand that’s long enough to slip over your head and cut with jewelry pliers. Use a jump chain to attach one end to the other, and you’ve got a necklace!  This “forever” necklace is stylish and oh-so-easy. Simple beads go from drab to fab if they are worn correctly. A few strands of coordinating colors can dress up any outfit.

Create a designer look
Making a rosary bead necklace is easier than you may think! Just use the pliers to stretch the chain, add the clasp, and close it up. Add charms, lockets, or other fun pieces.

Make a necklace for yourself
You could make a few necklaces for the price of buying one at the store. The quality is often better if you make it yourself, and if it breaks, you have all the tools to repair it! If you have multiple bead chain necklaces in different colors, it’s easy to create a new accessory look every day.

Make a necklace for your friend/loved one
These necklaces are so simple to make, you can make many as gifts for friends and family. Customize them with their favorite colors or charms.

Make necklaces to sell
In the modern age, it’s easy to sell handmade jewelry online through various marketplaces. Or use your own social media page to sell to friends around the country! You can take custom orders to create special necklaces in different colors and styles for your customers.

Make other jewelry!
Linked bead chain isn’t just for necklaces – create custom bracelets, earrings, key chains, or even to add as fringe to clothing and home décor!

There are so many options when it comes to linked bead chain, you may not nowhere to begin. But with these ideas, you better have a large supply of beads!

 

If You Aren’t Sure Why Hotfix, Read This!

Hot fix rhinestone are the best thing to happen to custom clothing since the sewing machine. Hot fix stones can be applied anywhere – garments, bags, scarves, shoes and fabrics. Add some bling to a basic cotton tshirt, denim jean pockets, or a special occasion dress. You can even bedazzle a lamp, throw pillow, or curtains! It may be tough to get the hang of at first, but with a little practice, you’ll be an expert.

hotfix-flatbacksThe most common way is to use the Hot Fix tool or applicator. The hot fix tool is perfect for precise rhinestone application, or when applying rhinestones in a small area. Pick up the hot-fix tool by handle and place on the rhinestone; the rhinestone should readily fit and affix to the tool. All that’s left is to place the rhinestone where you would like it to adhere and wait! Press the tool for a few seconds so the glue can melt and adhere to the fabric.

Using an iron can be more time-efficient, and a good solution if you want to apply a large pattern of rhinestones. If you have a steady hand, you can merely place the crystals on the garment in your desired pattern, and iron over it. You can also put a piece of Teflon sheet between the iron and the fabric.

Now that you know how to use hot fix crystals, here are a few ways you can use them!

The easiest garment to add hot fix rhinestones to is a simple t-shirt. Place rhinestones along the neckline, or create a quick stencil for a small shape like a heart, a star, or an initial. Use the hot fix tool to apply the rhinestones to the shirt and you’re done! There’s no rule as to how many rhinestones you can add to a shirt, or how few. If you want to add a larger design, it’s advised to use an iron and transfer paper for exact rhinestone application.

Add some pizzazz to a pair of jeans with some rhinestones! Embellish the back pockets, front pockets, or create an all-over design. This is an easy way to dress up some worn out jeans. The mix of glam with distressed is definitely in style, so take advantage and add rhinestones to ripped jeans. If you want to really go crazy with the rhinestones, cover the front of some shorts in a rhinestone pattern. Great style for pennies on the dollar!

When it comes time for Prom, everyone wants to look their best. It’s often difficult to find the perfect dress, or one that is unique. By adding hotfix rhinestones, any dress can become a custom one! For a little added sparkle, use rhinestones of a matching color along the waistband or straps. A light dusting of rhinestones is sure to impress any prom date. All your peers will be envious of you custom-made embellished prom dress!

You can also use hotfix rhinestones to customize shoes, jackets, home décor, backpacks and handbags, accessories, and more! Stock up on wholesale rhinestones for endless creativity.

Why Competitive Intelligence Matters Now More Than Ever Before

The one thing that’s more than obvious in any branch of business nowadays is vast competition. The reason for this is also obvious – the access to Internet has led to the world becoming one huge marketplace with doors wide open for everyone out there. So, how do you manage to stay in business while in an environment of so much competition? The answer to that is Competitive Intelligence.

Competitive Intelligence is actually ethically monitoring the work of your competitors by collecting data, analyzing it and using it to make better strategic decisions in favor of your own business. Why is it so important now more than ever? It’s very simple – since the worldwide market is too crowded and everyone seems to be doing the same thing, you have to stand out from the crowd in order to be successful.

You are now probably wondering what does this have to do with rhinestones and beading? Well, we are about to share an idea that might turn into something big for you.

In a world full of all sorts of bikinis and one-piece swimsuits, what can possibly make your bikini differ from the rest out there? Or even better, how to transform basic bikini into a unique piece that everyone would notice? A little hint – the bikini connector.

Yes, you may think the connector is an irrelevant part of the bikini that nobody pays attention to, but guess what? If you choose the right bikini connector, it will most certainly make a huge difference. It is a well known fact that people use rhinestones to decorate things and spice up their looks. What’s a better way to revamp old bikini or create new unique piece and make it stand out from the competition, than using great rhinestone bikini connectors?

Purchasing a custom handmade bikini can cost thousands of dollar, but making one yourself and using rhinestone bikini connectors can be done at a much lower cost. The most popular type of connectors are the crystal bikini connectors, very often used for making shiny competition bikini.

Before you start doing your magic, first you need to buy wholesale bikini connectors and choose the ones that seem suitable for your bikini type. The best part about choosing the connectors is that you have all the freedom to choose anything that seems nice to you, with other words – you have a complete power over the look of your bikini.

For your bikini bottom, you can use two connectors on both sides. To make sure it fits perfectly and none of it is too tight or loose, put it on a mannequin. Use the same technique to attach the rhinestone bikini connectors to your bikini top – either on the back or front of the straps. You can sew it by hand or use a sewing machine – but make sure it’s well sewn, so they don’t loosen in public!

And the final step is – put on your brand new bikini and outshine everyone on the beach or your pageant competitors. It’s time to show off your uniqueness and express yourself!

Flat Back Rhinestones: How Are They Made And What Are They Used For?

flat-back-rhinestonesThe rhinestones are actually an imitation of the luxuriously polished gemstones. Many centuries ago, people found sparkling quartz pebbles on the Rhine River’s banks. These pebbles also contained high levels of lead. These naturally beautiful stones were the starting point that inspired many jewelers to make an imitation and call it a “rhinestone” – and that’s where these highly popular hot fix crystals come from.

Flat back rhinestones’ back side is flat as the name itself suggests and it has a special type of foil which is reflective and increases the brilliance of the hot fix rhinestones. Even though these rhinestones can be applied on the surface with the help of some metal settings which secure the crystals to the fabric, the most popular and easiest way of applying them is with glue.

Many people don’t know the difference between flat back rhinestones and hot fix rhinestones and they think it’s the same thing. They actually look the same, but the difference is in the already applied glue to the hot fix stones’ back side. While using the first type means adding glue to its flat side, the second stones already have that, so the only thing you need to do is use heat to fix it.

These rhinestones are not recommended to be applied with an iron, only with an adhesive glue like “E600” or “Gem-Tac”. The glues are permanent and work great with different kinds of fabrics. If you plan on using an iron, then you’ll need hot fix stones, and if you have flat back rhinestones, then use a permanent glue.

When applying the rhinestones, always make sure to first have the design set and ready, and then go on with the glue. You can either apply the glue on the back surface of the flat back rhinestones or you can apply it directly on the material and then apply the rhinestones one by one.

Nowadays, rhinestones are made from glass, crystal or plastic acrylic, have different names like strass, paste, crystal or diamante and are produced in the Czech Republic, some parts in Asia, Austria and Germany.

Flat back stones can be used for decorating all sorts of things. Their multi-purpose functionality can easily become your new obsession. Whether you have an artistic tendency or just love personalizing your clothes, these stones can be your number one tool of expressing yourself. You can use it for DIY projects, decorating your favorite piece of clothing, making custom jewelry for unique look and decorating accessories (such as mobile cases, clutches and purses).

You can even buy it for home redecorating purposes – there’s no harm in adding some shiny little details in your home. You will be surprised how good these stones can look on your old sofa pillow covers!

There are no limits in using these lovely little stones – just let your imagination take you places and who knows – you might become a real pro in crafting beautiful pieces that everyone would love to buy and have!

Why Wearing Rhinestone Bikini Connectors is Worthwhile?

Have you been considering adding rhinestone bikini connectors to your competition suit? If you compete in bikini contests, swimsuit pageants, or bikini division fitness competitions you need to check out bikini connectors! These sparkling accessories add glitz and glamor to your suit, perfect for catching the judge’s eye and helping you get a perfect 10!

Rhinestone connectors are a strand or strands of rhinestones that can be used on bikini tops around the neck and middle, or around the hips of bikini bottoms.  Bikini connectors are extremely customizable. They come in a huge variety of sizes, colors, and types of crystals, so you can find the perfect set to match your style.

Judges love when bikinis catch the stage lights and create a stunning look! Everyone’s eyes will be drawn to you when you wear these rhinestones. Rhinestones have a natural sparkle, which is perfect for stage lights, but still looks wonderful in natural light. Wearing a fabulous bikini, will make you feel amazing on the inside as well as on the outside. Being in a competition is stressful enough, but be confident in your custom bikini with rhinestone connectors! These rhinestones will truly help you beat all the competition – or just help turn heads when you sit by the pool!

That’s right, bikini connectors aren’t just for competition suits, they’re a great addition to any sunbathing suit.  Perfect for tanning, all your friends will be impressed with your sparkling suit. You should not, however, wear connectors in the pool or ocean, as the salt and chlorine can damage the beautiful luster.

Be sure to shop for durable and sturdy connectors, using the ultimate glamorous stones. There is a big difference in quality in different types of connectors. The best bikini rhinestone connectors go through several steps of perfection in the production process, and then are carefully scanned to ensure quality adherence.

sparkling-rhinestone-connectors1If you own a business making custom bikinis, or just enjoy making your own, it is recommended that you purchase bikini connectors wholesale. Shopping in bulk helps you save on shipping, and you can stock up on many varieties at once!  This also saves time, as you won’t need to wait for new connectors to come in before you begin working on a new suit.

Bikini connectors can be simple or very complex. The most basic option is a one or two row connector. This simple strand of rhinestones can be used to connect the bikini top or bottoms.  If you just want a little bit of bling, or you already have a busy pattern on your suit, these bikini rhinestone connectors are perfect.

If you really want to make a statement, consider adding hanging connectors. With even the slightest movement, these connectors sway and shimmer to create a truly astonishing sight. Hanging connectors have up to seven strands of rhinestones, and look best on the hips of bikini bottoms. These dazzling jewels brilliantly catch the light, making you a walking chandelier!

Rhinestone connectors are definitely worthwhile in the tough world of bikini competitions. Try some on your next competition suit and go for the gold!