August 24, 2018
Whether you’re working with hotfix or non-hotfix Swarovski flatback crystals, it’s crucial you know how to apply them correctly. Both types of flatback crystals require a slightly different application method. So, to help you get started, here you’ll discover the top tips for applying both hotfix and non-hotfix crystals.
Tips for applying hotfix Swarovski flatback crystals
If you’re using hotfix Swarovski flatback crystals, you’re going to need to heat up the glue to stick them onto your desired surface. Be aware that these types of crystals are not suitable for use on plastic, glass, waxy or leather surfaces. This is because these materials do not fully absorb the glue.
It’s best to apply the crystals with an hotfix applicator following the tips below.
It’s worth testing out the process on spare pieces of fabric until you’re confident in your ability. Whilst you can apply Swarovski hotfix crystals without an applicator, using one will make it so much easier. It also allows you to be much more precise with where you place the crystals.
Tips for applying non-hotfix Swarovski flatback crystals
Non-hotfix Swarovski flatback crystals can be applied onto practically any surface. You’ll just need to ensure you invest in a good-quality glue. The glue you’ll need will depend upon the surface you’re applying the crystals to. So, it’s a good idea to do a little research before getting started. When you’re ready to apply them, you’ll find the below tips invaluable:
Non-hotfix Swarovski crystals are definitely easier to apply than hotfix crystals. However, before applying either type, it is advised you do as much research into the different types of glue and tools available as you can. Choosing the right tools is essential for long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing results.
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