February 23, 2020
Swarovski flatback crystals can be used in a wide variety of projects. Unlike hotfix crystals, in order to get these crystals to stick, you’re going to need a separate high-quality adhesive. Even then, if you're new to the process, you may experience some issues actually getting them to stick.
If you’re having trouble, below you’ll discover some great tips you can follow.
Choose the best quality glue
It may sound obvious, but ensuring you’re choosing the best quality glue is a good place to start. You’re going to struggle to get your Swarovski flatback crystals to stick if you aren’t using the best adhesive.
You’ll find there are quite a lot of glues out there, and not all of them will provide the same secure fit. Just a few of our favourites include Beacon Gem-Tac, Swarovski Jewellery Glue CG 500, and G-S Hypo Cement.
For applying crystals to nails, we offer a specialist glue by Glitterbels which is designed specifically for Nail Art and will ensure your crystals don't come off.
Use a syringe to apply the adhesive
Many experts recommend using a syringe to apply adhesive. This is because a syringe gives a very precise application and it's easier to control the amount of glue to be applied to match the size of Swarovski Flatback Crystals you are going to apply.
Place them in a cavity
If you’re working with fabrics this will be difficult to do. However, for other projects such as jewellery creation, inserting the flatback crystals into a cavity will increase the likelihood of them staying put.
Follow preparation guidelines
If you really want to ensure your crystals stay put, you’ll want to follow the correct preparation guidelines. These can be found on the Bluestreak Crystals website, and they include things such as checking surface tension and understanding the gluing properties required.
If you follow the preparation guidelines provided by the manufacturer, alongside the tips above, you should find your Swarovski flatback crystals stick securely. However, don’t forget it also matters how your items are maintained after they have been created. If care isn’t taken, the crystals could still fall off. So, if selling your Swarovski embellished items, make sure you provide aftercare instructions to maintain the secure fit.
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