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Tips for Working with Swarovski Flatback Crystals

November 07, 2018

Tips for Working with Swarovski Flatback Crystals

Swarovski flatback crystals are perfect for use in a wide variety of projects. Whether you’re looking to bling up your nails, embellish clothing and fabrics, or create beautiful glitzy artwork, flatbacks can help.

However, if you want to ensure you end up with the best results, there’s a few tips and tricks you’ll want to follow. Here, you’ll discover some of the top tips for working with Swarovski flatback crystals.

Ensure you’re using the right tools

The type of tools you’ll need to work with Swarovski flatback crystals depends upon numerous factors. Whether you’re using hotfix or non-hotfix, and what you’re using them for, will both determine the tools you’ll need.

If you’re using non-hotfix crystals for example, you’re going to need a good adhesive. Whether you’re using foiled or un-foiled crystals, we highly recommend the Swarovski 9030 jewellery glue. You can purchase it in both small and large packs and it’s renowned for its extraordinary sticking ability.

If you’re working with hotfix crystals on the other hand, you’re going to want to invest in a good quality applicator tool. Few can match the quality and ease of use of the HotFX Hotfix applicator, designed specifically for use with Swarovski Hotfix Crystals.

Always work on a large, clear surface

Once you’ve got all of your tools and crystals ready, you’ll need to clear a large surface to work on. When you’re dealing with tiny crystals, it’s easy to lose or break them. So, having a clear area to work with reduces the risk of damage and loss.

Ideally, you’ll also want to invest in clever storage options. There are plenty of great crystal organisers on the market, helping to keep different colours separated for easy use.

Great jewellery making tips

If you’re using the Swarovski flatback crystals to create stunning jewellery, there’s a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. For example, if you’re creating a ring, it’s a good idea to try it on numerous times during the beading process. This will ensure you end up with the right size. You’ll also want to make sure the knots are made on the upper part of the ring to prevent the thread from sticking into the skin.

Swarovski flatback crystals can really help to bling up any craft project. They’re created to an exceptional standard, and you’ll find hundreds of different designs and sizes available. Just be to sure to follow the above tips when working with these crystals if you want to achieve the best results!


Bluestreak Crystals® Crystal Size Chart

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Swarovski crystals and beads size chart and guide