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How to Use a Swarovski Hotfix Crystals Applicator

August 08, 2019

How to Use a Swarovski Hotfix Crystals Applicator

When you’re working with Swarovski hotfix crystals, there are a number of ways you can apply them. However, one of the most convenient and easiest ways to apply them is to use a Swarovski hotfix crystals applicator.

Before you get started, it’s worth learning how to correctly use the applicator. Below, we’ll reveal some of the top tips for using a Swarovski hotfix crystals applicator.

Make sure you’re using the right tip

Swarovski hotfix crystal applicators come with a number of different sized tips. So, before you get started, you’ll need to ensure you’re choosing the right size for the project. Take note of the size crystals you’ll be using, then match that to the size of the applicator tip.

You may need to experiment a little, using different size tips over the crystal while the applicator is off to check which one fits best.

Give the applicator enough time to warm up

Before you start using the applicator, it’s important to give it plenty of time to warm up. If you don’t, the crystals aren’t going to stick correctly, and you could end up throwing them away. Ideally, you’ll want to give the applicator 10-15 seconds to warm up. It should then be ready to be used.

Place the crystals where you need them

There are a couple of methods you can follow when attaching Swarovski hotfix crystals with an applicator. One of the easiest is to position the crystals where you want them, then place the applicator over the top of the crystal to secure it down. You’ll need to hold the applicator over the crystal for 10-15 seconds in order for it to fully secure onto the material.

Another option is to pick the hotfix crystal up with the applicator, watching the back of it until the foil starts to bubble. Then, use the applicator to position the crystal where you want it and hold it down for 10-15 seconds. Although this method is effective, there is more chance crystals could fall off the applicator, or you could position them incorrectly. So, it’s best to position the crystal first before securing it with the applicator.

Swarovski hotfix crystals can help you to glam up numerous types of projects. If you want to ensure you’re securing them effectively, an applicator is an invaluable tool. The above are some of the best tips to follow to ensure you’re using the applicator tool correctly.


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