How to use hotfix rhinestone applicator

How to use hotfix rhinestone applicator

WHAT IS A HOTFIX RHINESTONE APPLICATOR?

You can use hotfix applicator to attach hotfix stones to various materials. Hotfix stones, or also called rhinestones, are made of lead crystal glass that is mechanically grounded and polished for a high quality finish. There is a layer of heat-sensitive adhesive on the back of the stones. This adhesive needs about 20 seconds to heat and adhere to a surface. And the suitable tool for this is a hotfix applicator that will ensure that the adhesive will melt and the stones will stick to the desired surface. A rhinestone or hotfix applicator comes with multiple mouthpieces or parts for different sizes hotfix or rhinestones.

Is there a difference between rhinestones and hotfix stones?

The name rhinestone comes from the discovery of crystals that have been collected from the Rhine.

The popularity of stone crystals was initially limited because the crystals were only available at this location. An Alsatian jeweller, George Friedrich Strass, discovered a process for imitating diamonds by using metal powder to coat the bottom side of glass in 1775. The new process increased the complexity, brilliance and reflective properties of the glass. The popularity of the gemstone constantly increased and in the end the popularity spread throughout Europe. Hence the reference to rhinestones.

Hotfix stones are made of glass but in such a way that they give a nice shine so that they look like real gems. The front is facetted glass. And the more facets the glass has, the more shine it gets.

The back of hotfix stones should be mirrored with a silver coating to reflect light, just as mirrors should be coated with silver to reflect reflections. Without the coating, a flat back piece is no more than a piece of transparent glass of any shape that does not reflect light except for the surface.

The back has the colour grey or black, but if you look closely, dry adhesive has already been added to the dark, flat surface. Since there is already adhesive on the hotfix stones, you only need to apply heat to apply them to clothing. Both names are used interchangeably.

PREPARATION FOR USING THE HOTFIX APPLICATOR

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

  • It is best to work on a solid surface, such as a tabletop or a work surface. Ironing boards are not really suitable because they offer insufficient support. If you apply hotfix stones to fabric, make sure the fabric is smooth. If necessary, you can iron the fabric first.
  • You will also need tweezers with fine points.
  • When applying the rhinestones to thin and delicate fabric, it is best to place a piece of cardboard or a baking paper between the layers of fabric to prevent the adhesive from seeping through and adhering all layers of fabric to each other
  • Before you turn on the hotfix applicator, choose the correct size of applicator tip or mouthpiece for the rhinestone size you will be working with. The sizes are etched in the side of such a tip. If you are not sure what the required size is, place the tip over the rhinestone. The right mouthpiece takes up the rhinestone. The tip of the applicator fits on the end of the hotfix applicator. Gently screw in the correct size applicator tip.

WHAT MATERIAL IS SUITABLE?

In order to obtain a successful strong adhesion, the material must be able to absorb the adhesive when it is melted. Materials such as paper, card, wool, cotton, linen, viscose, tulle, denim, lycra, cotton jersey, silk, synthetic fabrics (polyester etc.) and artificial fur are all suitable for applying hotfix stones on. Less absorbent materials such as glass, plastic, smooth leather and fabrics with a wax coating are not suitable for absorbing the hotfix adhesive and therefore not suitable for applying rhinestones on. You can use the applicator to apply stones to different things such as T-shirts, sweaters, pants, dresses, handbags, shoes, bags, mobile phone covers, etc.


DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR FABRIC IS SUITABLE FOR THE HOTFIX APPLICATOR

In order to make a good adhesion of rhinestones possible, the material on which they are to be attached must be suitable. The adhesive of the hotfix stones melts by applying heat to it and it must be able to be absorbed by the substance to which they are applied. A simple test to find out if your material is absorbent is the water drop test. If the water runs off the surface, it is not suitable to use with hotfix stones. Or when dust has absorbed a large amount of fabric softener, it is best to first wash it.

THESE ARE THE STEPS FOR WORKING WITH THE HOTFIX APPLICATOR USING THE STANDARD ATTACHMENTS:

  1. Select the correct tip for the rhinestone format that you are setting…. all tips are clearly labelled with regard to size: 6SS, 10SS, 12SS, 16SS, 20SS and 30SS.
  2. Use the flat mouthpieces if you place stones with a flat top
  3. Insert the plug into the socket
  4. Allow the appliance to warm up for about 2 minutes … it is ready for use
  5. Pour out the stones. Place the garment on a heat-resistant surface, facing upwards where you want to apply stones. You can also place a protective piece of fabric between the front and back of your garment. This prevents the possibility that adhesive seeps through the top layer and leaves a spot on the other side
  6. First use the stones with their good side up and the adhesive side (grey) down! Push the right tip over the stone, hold it up, wait a minute and see if the adhesive melts (if it shines and small bubbles appear)
  7. As soon as the adhesive melts, push the stone gently on the fabric, do not use force and pull back your applicator … do NOT leave it on the stone … just push and pull away. The stone attaches itself to the fabric and pulls away from the hotfix applicator
  8. If you leave the tip of the applicator on the fabric too long, the adhesive will run off the stone, the stone will remain on the tip of the applicator and it will be difficult to straighten it…. just push down and back up. As simple as that
  9. Allow to cool down and test whether the stone remains firmly attached by rubbing over it.
  10. Take another stone and repeat the progress until you have all the stones in place
  11. Allow to cool and rub over the stones to see if they are all tightly attached.

In the video below I show you how to use a hotfix applicator to, for example, restyle your pants:

A hotfix rhinestone applicator is delivered with multiple attachements or tips for different rhinestone sizes. You can use the bedazzler for all kinds of surfaces, like fabric, clothes, shoes, bags, jeans, sneakers, etc.

BEDAZZLE SHOES AND SNEAKERS

In case you are wondering if you can bedazzle hoes and sneakers YES we can. 


THESE ARE THE STEPS FOR WORKING WITH THE HOTFIX APPLICATOR USING THE FLAT ATTACHMENTS:

  1. You may prefer to place the stone in the spot where you want to attach it and use the flat attachment.
  2. Lay the stone with the adhesive side down on your chosen surface
  3. Place the applicator gently on the stone and leave it there for about 10 seconds. Do NOT use force!
  4. Let it cool and check whether the stones are properly attached
  5. Repeat the process for all stones that are not properly attached


EXTRA ADVICE

  • Use the hotfix applicator with the correct attachment for the corresponding stones
  • If there is still a stone in your attachment, use the tweezers or a needle to push the stone off
  • Keep the tips clean with a small brush (the type you use to clean the grill)

OTHER METHODS FOR APPLYING RHINESTONES ON CLOTHING

panda stippelpatroon voor SS10 hotfix steentjes

RHINESTONE PATTERN

Choose a colour of rhinestones and rhinestone design and start placing rhinestones on your design

Strass applicatie

rhinestone transfer

Finished and easy to iron on rhinestone templates

dansschoen in sticky flock template materiaal

rhinestone TEMPLATE

Quickly making the same rhinestone transfers using templates

DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR FABRIC IS SUITABLE FOR THE HOTFIX APPLICATOR

In order to make a good adhesion of rhinestones possible, the material on which they are to be attached must be suitable. The adhesive of the hotfix stones melts by applying heat to it and it must be able to be absorbed by the substance to which they are applied. A simple test to find out if your material is absorbent is the water drop test. If the water runs off the surface, it is not suitable to use with hotfix stones. Or when dust has absorbed a large amount of fabric softener, it is best to first wash it.

IMPORTANT: WASHING INSTRUCTIONS

After the adhesive has been applied, it can be washed in the machine, but is not recommended for dry cleaning because some of the chemicals used can denature the adhesive, causing it to discolour and become brittle or dissolve. Turn the clothes inside out and wash at 30°C. Do not put clothes with rhinestones in a tumble dryer, but hang on a coat rack and allow it to dry by air.

CONCLUSION

Using a hotfix applicator is a quick way to quickly apply a number of stones to an item. You only need a basic hotfix starter package consisting of an applicator and stones and you can already get started to restyle your clothing. It also gives you great freedom in creativity. You put the stones on your chosen surface in a pattern that you have in your mind and you can start.

If you want to work more precisely, you can draw a pattern with pencil or tailors chalk in advance and then apply the hotfix stones.


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