In the world of fashion and jewellery, rhinestones have always had a prominent place. These shiny gem lookalikes can transform a simple outfit, accessory, or even a craft project into something elegant and glamorous - but how can you as a business owner apply these crystals quickly and efficiently? The answer - a rhinestone applicator!
Having a rhinestone applicator can speed up your manufacturing process while also ensuring perfect adhesion - but what one should you buy? In the following guide, we’re going to take a look at the 5 best rhinestone applicators on the market, and show you how they can help level up your business in 2023. Let’s get started!
What is a rhinestone applicator?
A rhinestone applicator is a tool designed to help accurately place and secure rhinestones onto a variety of surfaces. These applicators come in different types, with some using heat (hot-fix applicators) to attach rhinestones with glue on the back, while others use a sticky or magnetic tip to pick up and place non-hot-fix rhinestones. For businesses dealing in fashion, jewellery, or arts and crafts, a rhinestone applicator is a must-have tool for producing high-quality, embellished items efficiently.
What to look for in rhinestone applicators
The best rhinestone applicators provide a balance of efficiency, accuracy, and versatility. Here are some key features to look for:
Type of rhinestone: Ensure the applicator is suitable for the type of rhinestones you intend to use – for example, hot-fix or non-hot-fixSwarovski rhinestones.
Versatility: Look for applicators that come with interchangeable tips or ends, allowing you to work with different sizes and types of rhinestones.
Ease of use: The applicator should be comfortable to hold and easy to use, minimising fatigue during long hours of work.
Durability: As with any business tool, durability is crucial. The applicator should be built to last, offering good value for your investment.
The 5 Best Rhinestone Applicators
Hotfix Applicator Tool (Bluestreak version)
First up is our very own Hotfix applicator tool: this premium tool is designed for precision and efficiency, crystals, and offers exceptional quality and functionality. This tool is designed to quickly heat and precisely apply hotfix crystals, ensuring an easy and secure attachment to your desired surface. A standout feature is that you can buy it with either an EU, US, or a UK plugs.
Wax Picker Pen (Double-Ended)
With its double-ended functionality, this tool is a must-have for anyone regularly working with crystals. One end of the pen is designed with a wax tip that gently picks up crystals, while the other end is shaped for precision placement and adjustments. Lightweight and easy to handle, this pen is perfect for intricate designs requiring pinpoint accuracy.
Wax Crystal Picker Tool
When it comes to nail art, DIY crafts, and jewellery making, a Wax Crystal Picker tool can come in handy. Used to place smaller crystals, rhinestones, or beads, this tool makes it easier to create intricate, detailed designs with ease.
When it comes to rhinestone application, having a pair of tweezers on hand can make it easier than ever to organise your designs and place your crystals with precision. Our Bluestreak tweezers are bent to ensure precise application in everything from crafts to jewellery-making.
The Positioner Pencil is an innovative tool designed to make the placement of crystals as effortless as possible, and is ideal both for the beginner crafter and the professional crafter alike. With an ergonomic tip that is specifically shaped to hold the crystals gently, you’re able to position your crystals on your design with great precision, leaving zero residue behind.
How to use a Rhinestone Applicator
Operating a rhinestone applicator effectively can significantly increase your business productivity. Here’s simplified guide from us on how to use one efficiently:
First, arrange all the materials you need, including the applicator, rhinestones, and the item you want to embellish. Make sure your work area is clean and well lit.
Setting up the applicator
For hot-fix applicators, plug it in and allow it to heat up. Choose the appropriate tip for the size of the rhinestones you're working with. For non-hot-fix applicators, you might need to expose the sticky or magnetic tip.
Placing the Rhinestones
Pick up a rhinestone with the applicator's tip and position it over the exact spot where you want it on your item, and then carefully place it. For hot-fix applicators, you’ll need to hold the applicator in place for a few seconds to allow the glue to melt and adhere.
Once you have placed all the rhinestones, allow your project to cool down (for hot-fix) or secure the rhinestones further if required (for non-hot-fix). Ensure all stones are firmly attached before moving or selling your item. Remember, practice is crucial in mastering the use of a rhinestone applicator. You might make some mistakes initially, but with time, you’ll be able to embellish quickly and accurately once you get the hang of it!
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