The difference between Hotfix & Non Hotfix Flatback Crystals
May 09, 20222 min read
Crystals are wonderful for many reasons and with so many dazzling variations across our brands; Serinity Crystals, Preciosa Crystals and Estella Crystals, the creative possibilities are limitless. This can mean it’s easy to get overwhelmed and to help you narrow down your options, I wish to focus on the fundamental question:
“What is the difference between Hotfix and Non Hotfix?”
It divides the world of Flatback Crystals into two halves, but how do you know which type is best for you? Let’s break down the differences and the answer should become crystal clear.
Non Hotfix Crystals
This is your standard flat back crystal and if you want to stick them onto something, you will need a separate glue. Depending on the object you are bedazzling the glue you need might vary; Tacky Glue for simple crafting and Jewellery fixes, Resin Glue for hard wearing items that will require washing, Fabric Glue for clothes etc. The craft tools you’ll need for these types of embellishment projects are typically the Doubled ended Wax Picker Pen, a Magic sorting Tray and your glue of choice. Non Hotfix flat back Crystals are the most versatile type of crystal because it is in no way customised for a specific use.
The term may sound like specialist jargon; however, it simply means that you need heat to fix the crystals onto the surface. Hotfix flat back crystals come with a layer of heat reactive glue coated on the back, meaning you get crystals and glue all in one product. When heated, this glue melts and becomes sticky and when it cools back down it sets, holding the crystal into the surface it has been pressed onto.
There are different methods for the application of Hotfix Crystals but all it really requires is heat and pressure lasting approximately 10 – 20 seconds. Hotfix Crystals are best for fabric because the slightly flexible glue is pressed into the fibers of the material giving it better grip than other options.
During extensive tests in the Bluestreak Crystals Creative Studio we found that the easiest way to apply hotfix crystals is with the Bejeweller Pro Hotfix Tool. This tool gives you a specific point of heat that you can press onto your positioned crystal making it perfect for detailed designs.
An explanation and visual examples can also be found across our social media platforms, a link to the video on Bluestreak Crystals TikTok channel can be found below: