Applying Crystals: Getting Started

Using the Hotfix Applicator

Using the Flat Tip Applicator


Applying Crystals: Troubleshooting


Transfers Using Acetate Paper 1


Transfers Using Acetate Paper 2

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General Guidelines for Using Hot Fix Rhinestones (Crystals)

 Fabrics should be pre-washed and free of any chemical finish, such as water resistant treatments. When working with stretch fabrics, try to slightly pre-stretch the fabrics before applying hot fix crystals. Always test the application on a sample swatch or in an inconspicuous area.Note there are two types of tips included with most wands. Flats (spots) are designed for use with metals and hot fix shapes. When using these types of trims, you will place the trim on the garment and set the tool tip on top of the trim until the glue is heated.

  • The second type of tip is the concave rounded tip. These are for use with flat back rhinestones and pearls. The shape of the tip allows you to pick up the rhinestone with the tool. When the glue is melted, you will place the rhinestone on the fabric. Be sure to use the same size tip as the rhinestone size you are working with.
  • While the tool is heating up, get your rhinestones ready. For example, pour out some of the rhinestones onto a paper plate, glue side down. By doing this, the rhinestones are spread out and are easier to pick up with the hot fix wand.
  • After you pick up the stone with the hot fix tool, you may want to angle the tool a bit so the stone does not fall out.
  • Do not “slide” the rhinestone once you have placed it.

Placing Rhinestones Accurately for Your Design

 And here are a few tips about making sure you place your rhinestones according to your planned design:

  • To speed up the process, you may want to “chalk dot” the pattern on your garment before starting. That will allow you to work quickly because the locations of the rhinestones are already dotted out for you.
  • If you are working on a complicated or detailed design, consider using hot fix transfer paper. You can trace your design onto the paper to make the placement of the hot fix stones easier and more precise, then apply heat using a household iron to set them all at once.
  • If your handheld hotfix tool didn’t come with the size tip you need, or if a tip wears out, we have replacement tips available.

Swarovski Guidelines

 Click Here to Download a .pdf file with Swarovski’s In-Depth Hot Fix Application Guidelines.